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The Jewel of the Kalderash (The Kronos Chronicles #3)

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Upon arriving in the Romany homeland to deliver the Mercator Globes, Petra Kronos,Tomik, and Neel formulate a plan to save Petra’s father, who has been transformed into a Gray Man. But when a long-held secret is revealed, Neel finds himself bound to his country.

The friends are quickly swept up in an epic battle for power. Thrones are at stake. Spies are afoot. Murder is co
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by Square Fish (first published 2011)
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Crowinator
Not enough John Dee!

Aside from one authorial quirk I don't remember from the other books (constantly referring to Petra's companion as "the friends" -- just felt awkward), I thought this was an exciting, dramatic, and even moving conclusion to the Kronos Chronicles. Sometimes it felt a little too fast-paced, being crammed as it was with several storylines which didn't always get as much development as they should, but the payoff to all those stories coming together was still wonderful. Petra and
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Anna
Apr 19, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I loved the series. I love the characters. I love the action and the magic! I'm begging Marie Rutkoski to eventually write more. I recommend this series; this author; to any one of any age that loves adventure, magic, budding love, good vs evil.... etc... Such enjoyable reads!
Kailey
Mar 27, 2016 Kailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this last book in the trilogy so much! The plot really surprised me, and I loved the new characters and old.
In this book, Petra is still on a quest to save her father from the evil Prince of Bohemia, and naturally Tomik and Neel are along for the ride.
My favorite character is still Astrophil, the tin spider with a big brain and an even bigger heart.
Once again, John Dee makes an appearance, and of course intrigue and spying and political machinations follow in his wake.

The stakes are defi
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Colette
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Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
Though there are certainly people who would argue otherwise, I have always considered the Kronos Chronicles to be a MG or middle-grade series. (MG being on one end of the Young Adult spectrum.) Not that the series was lacking in sophistication nor depth of character, but because the books were outstanding, and yet still appropriate for younger readers.

In fact, in my opinion Marie Rutkoski is one of THE best MG authors. She can tell a whomping good story; make it engaging for teens as well as adu
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DAYvid Hewitt (the biblioflick buff)
One word about this book - supercalifragilistic. Read it. Read the trilogy.

This book started slow as a transition to a bigger world, but it is my favorite among the three and it ended well. Some old characters will be returning and a new characters will be either on Petra's side or against her. Petra's character really developed in this book and the choices she made is good and not annoying like most female characters in YA novels and who is always clinging to her love interest, but the romance
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Jackie
Mar 25, 2014 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. This was my favorite in the trilogy. It wrapped things up well, it had a lot of action and intrigue, and the writing is, as always, fairly captivating. Petra is such a breath of fresh air. Naive but strong and determined, stubborn but willing to learn. Sometimes the story was predictable, but it was often unpredictable and I would gasp out loud at the turn of events. Yes, the love triangle was a bit forced and yes, the love triangle situation was resolved in an even more forced way, b ...more
Tracy
Oct 24, 2014 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book, but all I could think about was the difficult discussions I was going to have with my 9-year-old when she wanted to read it, too. Marie Rutkoski completely forgot her audience.

The word bas**** is used numerous times. The justification that it was used correctly doesn't hold up when you have to explain what it means to your daughter. I encouraged my child to have a better vocabulary than her new favorite author.

There's too much violence and death for a fourth grader. The bo
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Wren
Dec 28, 2014 Wren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Jewel of the Kalderash
Marie Rutkoski

Upon arriving in the Romany homeland to deliver the Mercator Globes, Petra Kronos, Tomik, and Neel formulate a plan to save Petra’s father, who has been transformed into a Gray Man. But when a long-held secret is revealed, Neel finds himself bound to his country.

The friends are quickly swept up in an epic battle for power. Thrones are at stake. Spies are afoot. Murder is common. Worst of al
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Mamatufy
Jan 31, 2016 Mamatufy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bohemia, book-3
The final book in the Kronos Chronicles. Petra, Tomik & Neel finally make their way to the Vatra, the somewhat secret home of the Roma. Neel is surprised when he's named the son of the current Roma Queen Iona & since she's about to die, he's named the heir. Petra & Tomik are anxious to get back to Bohemia to find her father & maybe rescue the entire country. Petra's father has been turned into a monster with dozens of others to act as the army of the evil Prince Rodolfo in order ...more
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Heart-poundingly satisfying conclusion to this trilogy.
Kathy
Jan 24, 2016 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a beautifully written, exciting, dramatic conclusion to a wonderful trilogy. The story unavoidably ended up in a battle against Prince Rodolfo. I loved how events in the first book became important in this one. The author clearly knew the whole story when she started the trilogy & it fell together perfectly. The new characters introduced were great, and the characters I already knew became more endearing. This series is now one of my favorite ever & I'd recommend it to anyo ...more
Mason Jones
Dec 31, 2011 Mason Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It appears that this is the final volume in Marie Rutkoski's trilogy about Petra Kronos, which is quite a shame as the books have been some of my favorite recent YA fantasies. Set in a slightly alternate Elizabethan world, centered around Bohemia and the city of Prague, Petra Kronos in this book is on a quest to save her father, who's been turned into an evil creature through the alchemy of one of Prince (would-be Emperor) Rodolfo's court magicians. The adventures, as Petra and her friend Neel a ...more
Barb Middleton
Dec 12, 2013 Barb Middleton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Petra is trying to save her father after Prince Rodolfo transformed him into a monstrous Gray Man. The Gray Men make up Rodolfo's army and are superior to humans with their superpowers of speed, protective scales, and poisonous skin. A pinprick from a claw through human skin can kill a person instantly. The Gray Men have such a thirst for human blood they have lost their humanness and are killing machines. Petra's plan is to kidnap the scientist who created them and force her to create an antido ...more
Ampersand Canada's Book & Gift Agency Inc
I have wanted to read this book for quite a while. I had read the earlier two books in the series, The Cabinet of Wonders and The Celestial Globe and loved them both. The world created by the author is very believable and credible and the characters are multidimensional. This is an adventure fantasy tale that picks up where The Celestial Globe leaves off, with the three main characters, Petra, Tomik and Neel on a ship headed for Neel’s homeland. The first surprise in the story comes when we find ...more
low
Sep 03, 2013 low rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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Anne
Jun 03, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-galore
I love Rutkoski's writing; it's so clear, precise and fun to read. The plot is simple enough and easy to follow which is no wonder why this is labeled a children's book. However, there are still some delightful plot devices that is enjoyable for all readers. It's obvious that the novel applies a formula: problem, find solution, discover solution, war/battle, use solution, tie up loose ends.
Either way, I don't care. If I was a bit younger, I'd probably give this a 5 star rating. But the female le
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Loren
Dec 08, 2011 Loren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: auroras-books
The final book of the Kronos Chronicles gets off to a slow start. The characters I'd fallen in love with are still in transition, sailing to the Vatra, the Romany homeland. Each of the characters will eventually grow into roles they could never have imagined, but in the meantime, there's a whole lot of waiting around and not speaking to each other. Nothing bugs me more than inarticulate characters (see my review of The Invention of Hugo Cabret).

The Jewel of the Kalderash eventually groww into th
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Cathyl
May 22, 2015 Cathyl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jodi
Nov 15, 2012 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rutkoski stayed strong for the entire series. I had put off reading this last book because I knew I would have to reread the first two so that I could remember the plot. I don't know why I put it off. I thoroughly enjoyed all three books and had a difficult time putting any of them down and finished them in just a few days. Some things were predictable and read just like similar YA books (I've said this before but I will keep saying it because it annoys me to no end--STOP with the heroine having ...more
Abby
Jun 11, 2016 Abby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A huge "wow" moment as everything cliche about this series is thrown overboard - an uncanny romance develops to my awe as the author defies the standards of most typical romances, an unexpected match-up if you ask me. The surprising horrifying truth about the father is no joke either - it's grotesque and intriguing nonetheless. An epic finale to an epic tale, fabulous work here Rutkoski, it's like nothing I've ever read before.
Cecilia Rodriguez
Prince Rodolfo has assembled an army of Grey Men to overthrow the Empire.
At the same time, in India, Neel is reluctantly crowned King.
Petra is desperate to save her father and stop the Prince.
Rutkoski's plot has a very slight similarity to: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," in that there is a final battle between Prince Rodolfo and Petra. Some of the secondary characters become casualties of war.
Cat
Nov 03, 2011 Cat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this brisk and satisfying conclusion to the Kronos Chronicles so much. Rutkoski weaves together the threads from her earlier books while still creating a rich narrative tapestry in this one. Astrophil the mechanical spider gets all of the best lines. Rutkoski's alternative Renaissance shares some of the preoccupations of our real one--with invention, the nation-state, empire, diplomacy (or the appearance of diplomacy!), and naval power--while maintaining a magical separate-ness that su ...more
Pris
Jul 19, 2015 Pris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite among the 3 Kronos Chronicles book, this book expands on friendships, family ties, and sacrifice. What would Petra and her friends do to save their loved ones and each other? How far would they go? This final installment in the trilogy moves quickly to answer these questions and to a very satisfying, albeit slightly sad, conclusion.
Hilary
Rutkoski offers a satisfying conclusion to the Kronos Chronicles, and deftly ties up loose ends, while creating one last (exciting, dramatic, fast-paced) adventure in the alternate Renaissance timeline.

Petra Kronos, is determined to rescue her father, now turned into one of the monstrous Gray Men, but she will have to do it without Neel (who is dealing with issues of his own in Romany). Petra, Astrophil (a steampunk spider who still gets all the best lines), and Tomik embark on their quest. The
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carolina ☾
I'd recommend this series to everybody.
If you had already read and loved The Winner's Curse, you'd love this series by the same author.


I've really grown fond of Petra, she's sassy, smart, stubborn and brave. It's so sad to let her go.
This series is just wonderful.
Txkimmers
Feb 11, 2013 Txkimmers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't read a ton of YA fiction (I mean, not since I was a YA), but I just adored this trio of novels, and actually tore through them all back to back. The covers remind me of the cover of a beloved collection of short stories by Joan Aiken, the characters and settings are like a Hayao Miyazaki movie, and I just had a ton of fun reading them. Petra, the heroine, is blunt and emotional, but very intelligent (this is nuts, but she reminded me of Captain Kirk) and her floppy passion is matched by ...more
Sherri
Oct 09, 2014 Sherri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
An enjoyable end to a wonderful fantasy series for middle grade readers. (view spoiler)
Brandy Painter
Review for the entire trilogy (spoiler free) is here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.
Cliff
Jun 11, 2013 Cliff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The final volume of Rutkoski's trilogy manages to introduce a fair bit of political machinations and still continue moving forwards with the inevitable clash of forces between Prince Rodolfo and the rest of the world. Once again, however, I'm a little stunned in how much the characters have grown in such a short span of time.

And there are some lingering doubts I have about Rutkoski's choices to further the plot. The concept of the Choice seems almost unnecessary in the grand scheme of things. Bu
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Marie Rutkoski is the author of the YA novel The Shadow Society and the children's fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders, The Celestial Globe and The Jewel of the Kalderash. Her next project is a YA trilogy that begins with The Winner's Curse, which is scheduled to be published in March 2014.

Marie grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the olde
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