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The Celestial Globe (The Kronos Chronicles #2)

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After stealing her father’s eyes back from Prince Rodolfo, Petra Kronos lives in constant danger. She and her tin spider, Astrophil, end up hiding out in London, where she learns more about her magical abilities. London has its charms (like Petra’s attractive fencing master), but Petra needs to get back to Bohemia and her father.

Meanwhile, Prince Rodolfo is trying to locat...more
Hardcover, 299 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2009)
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Crowinator
I wrote this review of the first and second books in this series on my Livejournal blog a while ago and forgot that I never copied it over, but now that I've received the third one for review, I thought I should, because I love this series and it doesn't get enough attention. My review was prompted by a post I read (back in 2010) about the lack of kick-butt female heroines for middle grade girls, and that made me want to put in a plug for this fantasy series, the Kronos Chronicles. This is one o...more
Lucy
I loved the first one dearly. I can't wait to read this one!
Charlyn  Trussell
Petra has drawn the attention (and not always the good kind) of Prince Rodolfo and John Dee. From reading the first book, we know that the prince is evil, but John Dee is a mystery. When Petra finds herself in his care in London, her first wish is to escape, even though the man has obviously saved her. But she is apart from her father and her friends, totally dependent upon Astrophil and Dee's household. Tomik, who set out to search for her, has problems of his own--he has been made the slave on...more
Maureen E
by Marie Rutkoski

Opening line: "Some days are just born bad."

This is, of course, the sequel to The Cabinet of Wonders. Petra Kronos returns. This time she is trying to readjust to life with her cousins and father after her excursions to Prague. Unfortunately for her, her time there was not uneventful, and she attracted quite a bit of attention.

The book wasn't quite what I was expecting somehow--I think I had thought that it would focus on the new relationship between Mikal and Petra. What I got...more
Cat
I have the pleasure of knowing this series' author, so that always brings special delight to the process of reading these books, thinking about their influences, and connecting them with Marie's personality and areas of intellectual expertise. In this book's case, that was especially rewarding because I met Marie while we were both in Harvard's English department Ph.D. program, and she was studying Renaissance literature. This installment in the Kronos Chronicles frolics and fences in Renaissanc...more
Cindy
I have waited a year and half for this book. When I read Cabinet of Wonders I NEEDED this book. I have to admit now I need the next book.

This book took readers to England and used many historical characters while having the main focus be on the "fictional" characters. There is every bit of fantasy and humor in this book that makes it a great read. The chapters are on the short side so before one knows it the book is over with.

The action jumps from event to event without dragging on and on and...more
Patrick Burgess
May 12, 2010 Patrick Burgess rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: First-Book Readers, Book Readers, Non-Religious G-Mas
Shelves: reviewed
Much Better Than The First...

But again, I'm a little bit leery of Petra's lack of thoughtfulness, considering how everyone seems to think she's more observant than the average pubescent. Plus, what's with the attitude? Sure, she's a budding teenage rebellionist, but aren't we tired of these convoluted cultural stereotypes? If that even means anything without being grammatically oxymoronic? Or just moronic...

MUCH more enjoyable than the first, with some intriguing intrigue, and magical magickness...more
Jacqui
You want to know my pet peeve in books/movies? Bad plot devices and one of the worst offenders is making the main character unreasonable and a little obnoxious in order for them to not take good advice and thereby save the day in their own way. There is a workaround for this problem people! It would just take a little more ingenuity on the author's part.

It's such a shame that this episode in the trilogy suffers so badly from this plot device/character development as the rest of the story is tot...more
Robyn
In this book, the sequel to The Cabinet of Wonders, Petra was really annoying and didn't seem to be the same Petra from the first book. Here she was much more stubborn and never listened to anything anyone told her. I loved the mysterious John Dee and just wanted to slap Petra when she would not listen to what he was telling her. Yeah he was a little shady, but couldn't she keep her mouth shut and learn to play his game? I still enjoyed the adventure, but several times I had to stop, because she...more
Jackie
This is such a cute series. I am still enjoying it, and overall, I just find Marie Rutkoski to be a talented author.

Petra has some major trust issues, which makes me angry at the book from time to time. Half the time I'm saying, "Petra, you idiot, you shouldn't trust people so much! Why do you trust that person?!" And the other half of the time I'm saying, "Why are you so untrusting of people who are clearly trying to help you and have saved your life?!" I guess that's part of Petra's charm tho...more
Michelle
The author is a bit green but great story. Appropriate for all ages
Jen
Following up the Cabinet of Wonders, Marie Rutkoski plots a wonderful mix of history and magical realism that I can't wait for my girls to read
Martha
I'm about 1/3 into the book and absolutely enjoying it! Rutkoski writes original, fun fantasy with strong, original young characters. Woo!
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Petra made a powerful enemy when she outsmarted Prince Rodolfo in The Kronos Chronicles Book 1: The Cabinet of Wonders. Now she’s in hiding with her Dad and her trusted best friend Astrophil, who happens to be a small mechanical spider; a smart, witty and brave mechanical spider.

Astrophil reminds me of Lyra’s daemon Pantalaimon in The Golden Compass. Astriphil hides in Petra’s clothes or in her hair. He’s like a permanent mentor, always there whispering good advice. He was built by Petra’s Dad,...more
Krys

I've waited to read this book since discovering The Cabinet of Wonders last year. It was one of my absolute favourite reads of 2008. Adored it. Utterly.

I'm thrilled to death. The sequel, The Celestial Globe, was worth the wait.

The premise of this book starts up after the events of CoW. Petra Kronos still lives at the Sign of the Compass with her father, Mikal, and her talking tin spider, Astrophil. One day her home is set on fire and she is attacked and wounded, causing her to faint. When she a...more
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Madeline Smoot
Petra has returned home from Prague (but I won’t tell you whether or not she has her father’s eyeballs with her.) Since the prince does not take theft (or attempted theft) lightly, he sends his skeletal, feral Gray Men after Petra and her father. They capture her father, but Petra escapes when John Dee uses magic to whisk her to London. Petra’s friend from home attempts to follow her but ends up on a beach with Petra’s gypsy friends instead. They are only sort of interested in trying to find Pet...more
Barb Middleton
Oh bother. Pop a great book in my hands and the day careens off course. Duties? What duties? Students? Ummm... yep, I see 'em. Sort of. My nose sticks to the inner spine of a terrific book like a barnacle. Take "The Celestial Globe." Fingers twitch as they near the glossy green-covered novel that rests on my desk. Eventually, I stash it under my jacket sneak-reading every chance I get in-between library classes. In the evening, a pungent scent from my burnt dinner swirls in the air reminding me...more
Emily
there is a spoiler, just fyi :0
i LOVED this book, plain and simple. The first book was also amazing. a friend of mine read and recommended this book to me two years ago, so i did the same, enjoying every minute. then, we both realized there was a second one to come out....7 months in the future. he stuck it out and devoured this book as soon as it hit the shelves. two years and 150 books later, i pick it up.
there is no disappointment here. i fell in love with Rutkoski's works all over again!
th...more
Cliff
What struck me most about The Celestial Globe was how very satisfying a read it was. Marie Rutkoski's second book certainly improves upon the first considerably.

The plot and intrigue are quite clever, though I (and I'm sure most other readers) intuitively sensed who were the villains in this tale.

The thing that bothered me the most is this YA stigma associated with the book. I could argue that this books would hold its own against many a book, YA or not. The part that does not help is that Petra...more
Hilary
In “The Celestial Globe,” readers quickly derive the back story to “The Cabinet of Wonders,” (the first book in the Kronos Chronicles), from context. In a well-balanced mix of history and fantasy, Rukoski (who studied English Renaissance literature at Harvard) has the infamous and mysterious John Dee rescue Petra from Prince Rudolfo of Prague to provide her with sanctuary and training (for her unique psi abilities) in Elizabethan England.

Petra evolves into a more mature character under Dee’s tu...more
Reed
I'm a bit torn on who the intended audience of Rutkoski's latest novel truly is--the YA audience that the first novel seemed to covet, or an older audience who happens to enjoy YA fiction.

The reason I'm confused is due to the change in style of Rutkoski's 2nd novel. While both books in the series detail the adventures of Petra Kronos and her tin spider Astrophil, they have a very different feel to them. The first book was pure adventurous delight, a series of adventures in a world of joyous dis...more
Jess
I was so thrilled to read this sequel to The Cabinet of Wonders that I had it on my "to-order" list months in advance. It didn't disappoint, although I do think the first book is my favorite so far (and I would definitely read the books in order, both for plot and character development). Rutkoski does something wonderful with the series format: she gives you many of your favorite characters back, including Astrophil the tin spider; she maintains key plot elements, like the wonderful blend of his...more
Nicole
This was a very satisfying second book in this trilogy. I find it interesting that many books that are second in a trilogy introduce multiple story lines and go back and forth between the two. I don't know why this is, because most books do just fine with one plot line to follow throughout. In some cases, keeping track of the different story lines gets confusing, or I find that I tolerate reading through one story line only because it is inserted between bits of the story line I actually am inte...more
Deborah
This series, which started with The Cabinet of Wonders, is a great one to recommend to any readers who have finished Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, etc, and are looking for a new epic series to dive into. I give it credit for being steampunk before every other book was (especially since this is more middle grade than YA and there is much less steampunk for the kids/tweens than there is for teens).

Fans of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials will definitely see some similarities in settings, charac...more
Dylan Eclarino
I liked this story because it made me think about people that care for each other and could have come their goals. For example, in the story when Petra started to bleed her friend took care of her, "Quickly, he bandaged her wrist"(pg. 199). This quote tells you what they did to care for her. I can infer that her friends care about her.
Illyria
Trošku mě mrzelo, že se děj odehrávall spíše v Anglii než v Česku - to však brzy přešlo. Děj byl stejně napínavý, zajímavý a dobře vyprávěný jako díl první.
Byli tam drobné chybky týkající se české kultury a hlavně jmen:
a) ženská přímení končí na -ová (Petra Kronosová)
b) skoro všechna jména nezněla česky - teprve teď se začínají zachytávat. V době kdy se příběh odehrává bych očekala mnohem víc Přemyslů, Soběslavú, Drahomil a Prokopů
c) žádný 14 letý kluk by nikomu nedovolil mu říkat Tomík... Vždyť...more
Britney
Petra Kronos’ life is put in danger when she returns home with her father’s eyes. Petra is being hunted by Prince Rodolfo’s monstrous grey men. When the grey men get to Petra, she passes out and the grey men die. When she wakes up, Petra’s in London, with the one guy she never wanted to see again. Petra will do anything to get back home, even if that means finding the murderer and the globe.
I loved this book because of the thought of waking in to see the guy you hate the most and wanting to go...more
Tracy
Loved this book. The author uses magic in her story, but it's the way she tells her story that's magical. The multitude of tiny details breathe life into the world she creates. Even though it's a book for kids, I couldn't put it down. (And now my daughter has it glued to her hand.)
Txkimmers
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
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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...more
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