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Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos (Theodosia Throckmorton #1)

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Theodosia Throckmorton has her hands full at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in London. Her father is head curator, but only she sees the black magic and ancient curses that cling to artifacts. Her mother returns from her latest archaeological dig bearing the Heart of Egypt amulet that threatens to destroy the British Empire and start a terrible war.
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published April 9th 2007 by Houghton Mifflin
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Meet Theodosia Throckmorton. Her dad curates a museum full of Ancient And Often Creepy Objects, and her mom (in a clear “fuck you” to convention and propriety) tours the world hunting down the best New Ancient And Often Creepy Artifacts for her husband’s collection. Theodosia doesn’t go to school, because Dad sort of forgot about sending her, so she spends most of her time hanging out at the museum.

Theodosia has a problem.

All she wants – ALL SHE WANTS IN THE WORLD – is for Mom to stop bringing
Like Roald Dahl's Matilda before her, Theodosia Throckmorton can't get any respect. At the young age of eleven she already has a formidable knowledge of Egyptian theology and black magic but her parents are too consumed with running their museum of antiquities to notice. Even worse, the elder Throckmortons often unwittingly place themselves in harm's way, forcing Theodosia to rescue them (but always behind the scenes in order to spare their pride.) I think kids will love the many jabs at adults' ...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
I became aware of this series through's "People who like X book also read Y" book listing. It was under the listing for the Enola Holmes books, which I love, and the premise of this series seemed wonderful - Nancy Drew crossed with Indiana Jones. (While reading it, I thought more of the "Mummy" movie with Brendan Frasier, which I quite enjoy).

However... *sigh*

Other reviews have commented on a few flaws in the book. An American author writing British characters, and with the nigh inevi
Feb 26, 2010 Tamra rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people less critical than me
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Not sold. After reading (and not finishing) Percy Jackson, I thought all I needed was a change up in mythology. I love Egyptian anything, so Theodosia seemed a sure bet. Not so much, though. Unlike Percy Jackson, this one is NOT well-written.

The main character and narrator is a bookish 11-year-old whose language usage isn't fitting either for a too-smart youngster, or a 1905 character. Plus, I have serious doubts that ANY 11-year-old would be reading hieroglyphs, daughter of the curator or not.
This was adorable! I SO would have eaten it up at 10-12 years-old! I think the reader, Charlotte Perry, made it even more delightful.
I liked Theodosia's spunk and cleverness; I'm a sucker for headstrong, independent, creative heroines. I also like that it's strongly hinted that she has access to magic that most people don't and that the Egyptian gods and goddesses are watching over her, but that's not central to her point of view - she knows she has skills and she assumes most people do or she w
Theodosia sees evil spells and spirits. Her methods of dealing with these problems as well as her eventual meeting with other people who recognize their presence and are committed to keeping them from harming England and the World makes for an exciting adventure.

I was quite taken with this new book published in 2007. Theodosia a child often neglected by her loving but preoccupied archologist parents sees and feels evil spells. Her parents who do not share her ability continue to bring cursed obj
Barb Middleton
I like fantasy ...fantasy movies ...fantasy books ...and no matter how mediocre the movie or book, I know there will be action, adventure, and magic. Give me a big screen, a bowl of popcorn, a soda and I'm entertained.

This book was just that ...entertaining and fun. It has flaws but in the end, it satisfies. While certain parts of the story reminded me of the movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the book, The Red Pyramid, the plot has some unique twists, is original, and has a fun main character
Samantha Hastings
Theodosia is a charming character that is very clever; although, no adults seem to take her seriously. She still manages to take curses of artifacts that her mother, an archeologist, ships back from Egypt. One of the artifacts has a curse so powerful it could cause problems for all of England. Theodosia teams up with a street thief and Lord Wigmore (the head of a secret society) to stop the group The Serpents of Chaos and to return the artifact. I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't put it do ...more
This was a fairly good book---I thought it seemed more interesting to me as an adult than to my 9 year old who read it with me. She did great though, she learned a lot of new words! Oddly enough, this made me think of The DaVinci Code for children, complete with a clandestine society bent on protecting the secrets of Egypt.
Miss Clark
Egypt. Magic. Mystery. Museums. Curses and cutthroats. Nazis. Secret societies and stowaways. Did I mention Egypt and mummies?

It is fun, engaging, with the promise of more to come, including, hopefully, more explanation regarding Theo's unique abilities.
This is such a fun book! The heroine, Theodosia Throckmorton, reminds me strongly of Alan Bradley's pre-teen heroine, Flavia DeLuce in his series. Both take place in London in an earlier age and both girls are prodigies in a particular field. Theodosia is eleven, the daughter of two Egyptologists: her mother is an archaeologist in Egypt and her father the Head Curator of Egyptology in a second rate London museum. Theodosia can "feel" the bad magic of an object and has developed her own ways to n ...more
K. Bird
Theodesia is the eleven year old daughter of adventurous archeologists who work for a museum. Her mother gallivants off to Egypt to open tombs and extract artifacts. Her father catalogs them.

Theodesia is mostly left to herself to rattle around the museum. Which is a good thing, because she's the only one in her family who can see/feel the black magic curses that are often on all the artifacts her mother brings home!

It's up to her to take care of the curses, and usually things go okay. However, t
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Molly Hall
I love it when I discover a book that is so well-written it spans the genres from middle-grade to adult. Combining a precocious and lovable protagonist, an intriguing mystery, and sharp and witty writing, R. L. LaFevers' Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos does exactly that. Although categorized as middle-grade fiction, this novel is for anyone who enjoys a good story.

In the book, eleven-year-old Theodosia Throckmorton spends most of her time at the London Museum of Legends and Antiquities, a g
Theodosia, our eleven-year old, intrepid, curse-spotting heroine, is smart beyond her years. The eldest child of the Head Curator of a second-rate museum (in stature only - not in collection) and the daughter of two Egyptologists, she is not only functionally fluent in the deciphering of hieroglyphics, she reads all the Olde Textes that explain Egyptian curse magic and whips up protective amulets whenever necessary.

Also, she sleeps in a sarcophagus.

If it weren't for her highly developed sense
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
In the Museum of Legends and Antiquities Theodosia is trying to control the forces of chaos that wish to harm others through the curses and hexes contained in the various items on display throughout the museum. She is beset with the forces of darkness and the feeling of beetles scurrying up and down her spine that doesn't seem to affect anyone else there... even her father who was injured by one such nasty curse with a tumble down the stairs. It doesn't help much that she spends every waking (an ...more
Jun 20, 2010 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: history, j
There are a dreadful number of booktalks rising up in me about this book: "Imagine Gilda Joyce as a Victorian egyptologist's daughter with curse-fighting powers" or "Having trouble with ancient curses? Theodosia to the rescue!" or "Sleeping in a sarcophagus is surprisingly effective at protecting you from ancient Egyptian curses. When you have to sleep in a museum filled with said curses, of course, as Theodosia Throckmorton does."
This is a very talk-able book that will be easy to sell to kids,
Patricia Uttaro
When this little gem came across my desk, it looked like the dark offspring of Lemony Snicket and Edward Gorey. I admit, I was intrigued. When I read the book jacket, I was hooked. An eleven year old girl with the run of London’s Museum of Legends and Antiquities who routinely finds and destroys curses attached to ancient objects? Throw in an adventuresome mother, an annoying but clever younger brother and a quick-footed pickpocket, mix in the Cursed Object of all Cursed Objects, add a pinch of ...more
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I really wanted to like this book. The idea of a girl who works secretly in her parents' museum, undoing the curses on the objects as they come in, could not be more compelling. Unfortunately, neither Theodosia, her parents, the curators, nor her brother and the friendly pickpocket are at all sympathetic characters. Theodosia is the worst: after she botches a curse removal (the only one I saw her do, after all her grand brave talk about her own skills), she manages to get her cat possessed by de ...more
Sarah Sammis
At the library I picked up a copy of Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris and quickly realized I had picked up the second book in the series. Since it was obvious to me that I would adore the series, I took the book back and found the first one so I could start at the beginning.

Now I cut my mystery reading teeth on Elizabeth's Peter's Amelia Peabody series. In that one Peabody and Emerson have a son who promises to be a better Egyptologist than either of them. He's so perfect at it (and everything
The premise is good. A smart girl in the early 1900's who basically lives in a London museum. She can sense curses and knows a lot about Egyptian ones in particular. And she gets caught up with secret societies and whatnot. And accidentally transfers a curse into her cat.

But it had trouble holding my interest, because most of the time, I simply didn't care about what was going on. Oh, she's sneaking around. Oh, she's being followed. Blah blah blah.

It's possible I would've liked it more if I was
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Sep 17, 2012 Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides marked it as decided-not-to-read
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Interesting premise. The author clearly did a reasonable amount of research into ancient Egypt. But it sounded so RPG-ish, talking about second- and third-level spells, that it, well, punctured the balloon that is my suspension of disbelief.

Her parents are so stereotypically work-absorbed, and she is so precocious, that I just couldn't keep going. Also, some things were clearly meant to be surprises, but I saw them coming hundreds of pages in advance.

Also ... at least in the portions that I read
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The story takes place in the 18th century with eleven year old Theodesia and her father who is the curator of the Museum of Legends and Antiquities and mother who is one of the archaeologists. She is no ordinary eleven year old, "Theodosia is adept at fixing curses and loves reading hieroglyphs." These two skills will come handy when her mother locates an artifact that houses a curse that can ruin all of Britain. I really liked Theodesia, she had the right voice for a quirky girl with mysterious ...more
I saw this come through at the library and I figured, I like stuff about ancient Egypt. I was hoping it would be like some other middle grade novels I've read recently where I could enjoy it even as an adult. However, this was clearly written for children. It was a fun story but I got a bit too much of Theodosia's bossy 11-year-old personality and how all the adults in her life either ignore her or think she's pesky or unmannered. Theo's methods of detecting evil curses on the artifacts brought ...more
Egyptisk mystik, magi och myter, ett museum, London! Som upplagt för en lättläst och underhållande bok. Och visst lever den i viss mån upp till förväntningarna, men den är lite för överdriven, för tillrättalagd, har en för tydlig sensmoral. Dessutom känner jag tydligt hur den riktar sig till en yngre målgrupp, vilket typiskt sett inte är ett bra tecken enligt mig. Min första tanke var att "den här skulle jag ha gillar bättre som 11-åring!". Min andre tanke är att "nej, det skulle jag nog inte al ...more
Raina Lie
A great children book! A well written adventure of an eleven years old girl in order to save Great Britain from abominable ancient Egypt curse, and has to do it secretly :D
I'd been looking for an adventure series with a female protagonist for my daughter, and Edwardian Egyptologist Theodosia fits the bill nicely.Theodosia is a dryly humorous 11-year old who combines elements of Flinders Petrie with Sherlock Holmes and Hermione Granger and relies on intelligence and intuition to get herself out of numerous scrapes, with minor assistance provided by the local secret society and major obstruction from her parents and grandmother. The first book of the series starts a ...more
Thanks Jeff for this book! It was such a fun read. Imagine an 11yr old who has a mastery of Egyptian history and all she needs to know to keep remove evil curses and keep the whole of Britain safe! Plus she has plenty of wit to boot! I loved her explanations of the adaptations she makes to her potion recipes because, c'mon, how "is" she supposed to have Nile River water at hand? It's a fanciful read and will make you smile. some adult themes such as a stabbing but I think if young readers have r ...more
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