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The Empress's Tomb (Kiki Strike #2)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  2,344 ratings  ·  218 reviews

What's happening in New York City?
Giant Squirrels.
A Haunted Mansion.
Six fierce friends with fiercer secrets.

Ananka is in danger of being sent to a remote boarding school; Kiki's life (as always) is in danger, Betty seems to have found love in all the wrong places, and Oona….well, Oona's the one in the most serious trouble of all. From Chinatown to Fifth Avenue, whether t
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
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May 31, 2009 Ruben rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
Ah, Kiki Strike. Another one of my guilty pleasures. Should a thirty-two year old dude be reading this? Probably not. But it's good. So good. I wish I were a fourteen year old female spy. I wish I were a member of the Irregulars. I wish I could break out of my room, go down the fire escape and roam the streets of New York with my six best friends in a concerted effort to outsmart the bad guys. But instead I live in the East Bay, California, with my wife and baby. I hardly ever stay up until midn ...more
Emma (Miss Print)
I had very ambiguous feelings about Kirsten Miller's first Kiki Strike book Inside the Shadow City. Although I loved the cover art and most of the characters, I felt like the book didn't live up to its full potential. Despite my misgivings (and the fact that no one shared them), I remained optimistic about Kiki Strike #2, feeling confident that it would be better than the first since Miller would have had more time with the characters she was writing about and to iron out her writing voice (whic ...more
Braden Bell
I liked this book more than I liked the first one. I felt the characters grew a bit in terms of not just being girl-power superhero stereotypes. I was also glad to see a secondary hero introduced who is a male.

Miller definitely can tell a great story, and I felt like she started to hit her stride. There seemed to be less editorializing and commentary this time and more unbroken attention to the narrative.

I'm not sure how I felt about the heroine's conflict with her parents. I have issues with
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for

Get ready for the next adventure... The Irregulars have returned! On the agenda this time around are the following things:

Finish mapping the Shadow City. Since Livia and Sidonia Galatzina, (supposed) Queen and Princess of Pokrovia, and Kiki's mortal enemies, managed to get an incomplete copy of their map, it's more important than ever that The Irregulars finish what they started.

Stop Lester Liu. He got away last time, and they aren't about to let
Ian Wood
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Note that I don't really do stars. To me a novel is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate a nove
Loved it, loved it, better than the 1st one, which is saying alot because I LOVED the 1st one!!!!!!!!! This had a more dramatic and revealing plot line than the 1st one. This one also had more twists. I loved it. The last sentance (and I don't mean to give away any spoilers, but)is so shocking. This is a great series and Kirsten Miller is an excellent adventure writer for teens.
As I was reading this book I told myself that I was rating it 3 stars but somehow when I went to rate it 4 stars appeared. I have ambiguous feelings about this book- in fact, about the Kiki Strike series in general. First of all, they are the weirdest group of young teenagers you could ever meet! Even their names are weird. Their adventures, personal home lives, and individual stories are above unbelievable for a series that is NOT sci-fi. That being said, I think the 4 stars appeared under my f ...more
Ah. I just love Kiki Strike. So much. It definitely would be on my Top 20 list. This is the second book in the series. The third book is called Kiki Strike: The Darkness Dwellers, and is coming out in late January. So excited!!! The second book isn't as good as the first, but I still love it. The Empress's Tomb focuses more on Oona, and the secrets that she carries, such as who her father is. Plus, there are giant squirrels mugging people in public parks.

I really love everything about this serie
Kiki and the Irregulars are back again and Ananka is ready to tell you all about it. There are lots of secrets that the Irregulars tried to keep from each other, but all secrets are discovered eventually. Lester Liu is back and something is going on with Livia and Sidonia. Oona is all caught up in the Mister Liu mess and Kiki has some problems with Verushka and Ananka's mom is about to freak out if Ananka keeps sneaking out and falling asleep in school. The Irregulars need to pull it together if ...more
This book is the second in the Kiki Strike series by Kirsten Miller. I read the first book several years ago but what i remembered of it i liked so I eagerly got this book from the library. Kiki Strike and the irregulars are now fourteen years old and just as talented. The Irregulars consist of Luz, Deedee, Betty, Annika, Oona, and Kiki Strike (Iris comes in later) They have discovered the Shadow City a city under NYC which provide entrances to various buildings throughout the city. It is perfec ...more
Jun 07, 2009 Andrea rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adventurous young ladies, mystery lovers
Kiki Strike The Empress's Tomb was another mystery featuring Kiki Strike and the Irregulars. I loved the first book in this series, Kiki Strike Inside the Shadow City, but I wasn't sure what to expect with the second, as it was much harder to get my hands upon.

Everyone has secrets. The girls' bonds are stretched to the limits as they discover that they haven't been completely honest with one another, and some of the things that they've held back can have a profound effect on their success as a n
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
The second installment in the Kiki Strike and the Irregulars of Bank Street series is every bit as fun (actually, it seems MORE fun to me) as the first one and finally some of the ill-tempered banters between the girls (especially Oona and the rest) are being addressed by the girls themselves. This time, when loyalty and secrets are the focus of the story, how they treat each other becomes an integral part of the story. I did find the many supposed "facts" not quite accurate -- it reminds me of ...more
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
The Irregulars, those delinquent Girl Scouts: Kiki, Ananka, Oona, Betty & Iris, are still protecting the secret city that lies beneath Manhatten. Trouble comes from an unlikely insider when it is discovered that Oona’s father is Lester Liu, the New York gangster they are protecting the secret city FROM.

The trouble is, Oona has known this all along and never told the Irregulars. Oona wants to trust that her Dad has turned over a new leaf but the Irregulars are skeptical and hatch a plan to fi
Aiyanna Eileen
Loved this one just a bit more than the first one. I feel like Kirsten Miller grew a bit more with her own writing skills as well as in terms of developing The Irregulars. Really glad to see a male figure enter the group it definitely makes the story a bit more rounded and not just all about girl power. Don't get me wrong girl power and feminism is always something to stand for but there really wasn't even one male lead in the first book, plus now there's a love interest for Betty! Anyway, I tho ...more
Hazel Novella
So happy to hear from Kiki again.
This book was great,seriously. I loved how the author took Oona's general mystery and made it into something huge. I don't have it in me to write a huge review, but it was a great book, lots of twists and turns. The only con I have to say about it is that the actual "Empress's Tomb" didn't come in until midway through the book, around page one hundred.
The Irregulars are a group of six girls in New York City.

This is the sequel to Kiki Strike and the Shadow City, where you're introduced to each of the six girls.

Anaka is still the protagonist. They're still working on secret projects. They're now fourteen.

Strange things are happening -- Giant squirrels are mugging citizens. There are mysterious graffiti squirrels showing up around town ... and the girls aren't behind them.

Some secrets come into the light.

The Empress' Tomb is just as good and int
The Irregulars have a new member as well as a new mystery to solve. Iris comes in handy because she's smart, quick on her feet, and looks innocent, not to mention she has a entrance to the Shadow City in her basement. Unless you're a member of the Fu-Tsang, because if you are, I have never heard of the Irregulars or Iris so there, um heh heh... Anyways, we learn the head of the Fu-Tsang, Lester Liu, is Oona's dad who's out to get her. He tells her the ghost of her mother is in the house but it's ...more
Okay look:
You're in a special all girls group full of smart "irregulars" all of them are your friends and not only are you one of them, you go on special adventures and you all just really cant get enough. It can't get any better right? wrong. This book is even more action packed and kick butt than the last one!
There's "Giant squirrels" romance, new perfumes and of course, the butt-kicking group of irregulars. With the amazing leader- Kiki Strike. I thought the first book was pretty good, but th
Jun 25, 2008 mira rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ages 8-18
Shelves: perfect-books
This book was very interesting and I loved reading it. Kiki Strike-The Empress's Tomb was full of adventure, excitement, and fun. It is about 6 girls who are all very unique and daring. In the first book they explore under Manhattan, New york in search of the Shadow City, underground tunnels filled with giant rat's and american history. They start a group called The Irregulars and there leader is Kiki strike. The Irregulars vow to protect this underground city. In the sequel one of the members i ...more
Sep 28, 2010 Darlene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young Womyn
Recommended to Darlene by: Kay
Shelves: young-adult
I just realized I never reviewed this one. I thought I had bought it but I never registered it on BookCrossers so maybe it was a library copy I read? Anyway, I loved this series. Thank you, Kay, for introducing me to Kiki.
After a bit of research I found this review from

I originally received the Reader's Advanced Copy of book 1 Kiki Strike. I have been amazed at how much fun these two books have been. Kirsten did a lot of research into the underground cities and gave the i
The first of this series, Kiki Strike: Under the Shadow City, was one of my favorite books I read in 2006 after I picked up a prepub somewhere at a library conference. It featured 12-year-old adventurers set on a mission to uncover and map out a vast forgotten and abandoned city underneath Manhattan.

So I was eager to get into the second of Miller's Kiki books. But I found this one falls short of the first outing. It doesn't quite have the same draw. It takes nearly a full half of its pages just
Noemi claudine
This is the second in the Kiki Strike series. This book is focused mostly on Oona Wong, one of the Irregulars. She finds out that her dad is a leader of the Fu-Tsang gang. Oona falls into his trap and goes to live with him. the other Irregualrs go spy and find out that he is going to kill Oona in front of everyone. they crash his plans and add one more member of the Irregulars.
I can not really relate to this book. But it is very similliar to the first Kiki Strike. There is still the shadow city
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I don't really have the patience to deal with people my age anymore. Perhaps it is the area I live in, or perhaps I'm simply too critical and judgemental (or as has become more popular an opinion recently, I'm simply an old man in a youth's body).

So due to this, I do not often read books about teenaged girls. Especially not girls in the 14-16 range.

Yet I picked this one up, and enjoyed it. I tried to read the first book, but I found it didn't flow very well. In this one however, Miller has tig
The plot thickens, in more ways than one. I was going over this book with a student for a book report she was working on and we had to struggle through creating a summary when a story has so many simultaneous plot lines that all converge conveniently and yet not totally arbitrarily. The girls once again are engaging characters and the further introduction to Iris is great. I realized, again, that the problem with having such a large cast of characters who are supposedly equally important is that ...more
This was another great installment in the lives of the Irregulars, as they call themselves. It seems like everyone has their own secrets and they're not sure whether to share them or not. All six members have problems in this book. Kiki is still in danger from her evil aunt, obviously, Oona's father has suddenly showed up on the scene, Betty seems to be falling for the wrong guy, Ananka could be sent to a far-away boarding school with COWS, and, well, you get the jist. Giant squirrels have seeme ...more
Oct 30, 2007 ananka rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 12+
The Empress's Tomb is a great sequel to Into the Shadow City. In this new book, Kiki Strike and the Irregulars battle to save one of their members from snobbery and death. When Oona Wong is courted by her long absent and criminal father, the rest of the group knows it is bad news. When several secrets being kept within the group come to light, the friends struggle with issues of distrust. As with the first book, there is adventure and intrigue all the way through.

I recommend this book to 12 and
The Empress's Tomb (Kiki Strike #2)is an amazing book about the Irregulars (a group of girls led by Kiki Strike. They are making a map of a city hidden underneath New York called the Shadow City. In the beginning there is a story about an empress who's father gave her a poison that made her sleep then put in an airtight tomb so she would suffocate. The the empress is taken out of her tomb and one of the Irregulars is put in by her father. This book is really suspenseful and it's one of my all-ti ...more
This book was a great mixture of humor, mystery, ghosts, adventure, and an ending that made me go WHAT?!! (seriously though--how does Kirsten Miller expect us to be happy with an ending like that?)
The Irregulars are back--this time Oona's big secret is revealed, Verushka is dying, Betty falls with love with a squirrel boy, and Ananka is going to get shipped off to West Virginia. It's incredibly written--it won't disappoint fans of the first book. Now I just need the third RIGHT NOW!!
I love this series! Where was Kiki Strike when I was an adolescent? There are so many aspects that thrill my adventure-seeking, young-at-heart self. Beginning with the idea of a long forgotten, abandoned city under Manhattan that is filled with mystery and man-eating rats. I love every character in the Irregulars and find myself, at 30, longing to join the club and run around in disguise spying on criminals with Kiki. This second book was even better than the first and I can't wait to start the ...more
i am on page 69 of kiki strike. right now liz got the map so she could make motion detectors for the shadow city, but on the way to school she got mugged. she got away but the mape and detectors were gone. meanwhile Betty called Ananka when she was in class to tell her about liz and ananka got sent to the princapal. Ananka`s prinapal knows a lot more about ananka and her friends then ananka thought she did and ananka found out that kiki used to go to her school. So far i love the book i have the ...more
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“This is April," he said, holding up the chicken. "She's the only friend I have left. I saved her from an evil chef at Tavern on the Green, and we've pledged eternal friendship.” 23 likes
“the first rule of being a team is trusting one another. And if you trust someone, you let her keep her secrets. When she is ready to tell you, she will. You dont have to know everything, Anaka.
Why not? Why should I trust Oona if she doesnt trust me? How do I know she's not hiding somthing more dangerous?
Oona was worried the rest of you would see her differently, Kiki bristled. Don't prove her right.”
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