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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 may be head curator, but it is Theo - and only Theo - who is able to see all the black magic and ancient curses that still cling to the artifacts in the museum. Sneaking behind her father's back, Theo uses old, nearly forgotten Egyptian magic to remove the curses and pro
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Published April 12th 2010 by Brilliance Audio (first published April 9th 2007)
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Jubilation Lee
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 fabulous fabulaphile
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
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
Feb 01, 2015 Cherie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that I enjoyed this story more than I thought I would. The magic of visiting Egypt and climbing to the top of the pyramid of Cheops really appealed to me. To sail on the ocean in a steamship (not to mention, getting there as a stowaway). To visit Alexandria. To ride on a train to Ciaro and visit a biazzar. To visit an archeological dig in the Valley of Kings. Wonderful!

I was a little annoyed with the young girl in the story at first. She seemed a little too much . I quickly grew
Jul 26, 2016 Nina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children

Kalau suka/penasaran dengan fantasy dan dewa dewa Mesir, pasti bakal suka dengan buku ini. Theo agak terlalu pintar buat anak seumurnya tapi petualangannya seru untuk diikuti.

Barangkali cuma Theo anak yg tidur di sarkofagus dan jenius baca hieroglif.

Eniwei, vocabnya Theo dan narasi di novel ini level tinggi.
Barb Middleton
Feb 26, 2012 Barb Middleton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Feb 26, 2010 Tamra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Jul 21, 2016 Eugenia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel-buku-anak
Kalau kamu menyukai sejarah dan misteri, kamu akan menyukai cerita petualangan Theodosia ini. Saya sendiri langsung jatuh cinta sama tokoh Theodosia begitu baca blurb-nya. Terbayang, betapa serunya keseharian anak perempuan satu ini. Hihi…

Petualangan dimulai ketika Ibu Theodosia pulang dan membawa berbagai artefak dari Mesir. Salah satunya adalah Jantung Mesir yang seharusnya tidak boleh dibawa keluar Mesir karena akan mengundang berbagai bencana. Yuphs, tentu saja Theodosia yang mengetahui hal
Nov 30, 2015 Yamini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-print, sff, childrens
- Short review -
Theodosia Throckmorton is essentially the female lovechild of Amelia Peabody and Walter Emerson (from the Amelia Peabody novels). Read it.

- Long review -
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos was an absolutely delightful experience. I was drawn to the cover and the premise from the beginning but as all good things which appeartoo good, I had my doubts. But without stressingtoo much, I dove into thisbook and was not disappointed by the journey it took me on!

Theodosia, a child gen
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
Sep 14, 2012 Cathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 27, 2013 Loren rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-be-sold
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
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.
Titis Wardhana
Jun 05, 2015 Titis Wardhana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children
seru, meski banyak istilah dan dewa2 Mesir yang baru tau pas liat gambarnya :p

Theo, 11 tahun, sehari-hari terpaksa tinggal di museum, karena ayahnya kurator museum yang sibuk, dan ibunya sedang melakukan penggalian di Mesir. Theo bisa melihat kutukan yang ada di setiap artefak dan dia juga bisa membaca hieroglif serta tahu cara memusnahkan kutukan-kutukan itu. Sampai suatu ketika, ibu Theo datang dari Mesir dengan membawa kalung Heart of Egypt yang ternyata mengandung kutukan dahsyat sampai bisa
Ahh. That was extremely satisfying. A nice feel for London in the Late Victorian. Theodosia is a marvelous character, taking a very studious and practical attitude towards magic when dealing with the ancient Egyptian artifacts in the museum her father runs. Whenever he stays overnight working on something, she beds down in a sarcophagus with a blanket and her cat, Isis.

LaFevers has positioned her story of good versus evil as struggle to use the power of the ancients to affect the modern world po
Feb 17, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. Lincoln
May 04, 2010 K. Lincoln rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Molly Hall
Feb 21, 2013 Molly Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 21, 2011 Kurt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
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 liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j, history
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
Oct 29, 2013 Patricia Uttaro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah Sammis
Jul 24, 2010 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mac Cusanelli
"Theodosia and the serpents of chaos" written by R.L. LaFevers is an amazing story if you like mystery and scary books. This story is about a girl named Theodosia (Theo) who has a Father who owns a museum and her mother always brings back artifacts that are cursed. Theo's job is to uncurse all the artifacts so they won't attack the people. But then her mom brings back the Heart of Egypt which is cursed and the curse was if the Heart of Egypt was ever taken it would bring chaos to the world. So n ...more
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
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Sep 17, 2012 Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides marked it as decided-not-to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Snail in Danger (Sid) by: katayoun Masoodi
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
Nov 23, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book probably only deserves four stars, but I'm giving it five stars anyway, because I just adored it so much. I've always loved ancient Egyptian civilization, and I'm a sucker for a strong female protagonist, which Theodosia certainly is. One part Hermione Granger, one part Indiana Jones, and one part Matilda, intelligent and rather more clever than most eleven year-olds, Theo is also ambitious, brave, and filled with enough panache for two girl archeologists. I loved her as an adult, and ...more
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