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Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh (Theodosia Throckmorton #4)

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In this fourth book in the series, Theodosia sets off to Egypt to return the Emerald Tablet—embedded with the knowledge of some of the ancient world’s most guarded secrets. Accompanied by her cat, Isis (smuggled along in a basket), Theo plans to return the artifact, then explore the mysteries surrounding her own birth and oh, yes— help her mother dig up treasures on her ar ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published April 4th 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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whichwaydidshego?
This series is an adventure, an education, and an utter delight, but this book was something above and beyond. It was a coming into it's own, a growing up for the series as well as the protagonist. It is at once an ending and a beginning... as all coming-of-age tales are. In this case it's more of a coming-in-one's-own and not merely accepting, but owning oneself completely - foibles, peculiarities, and all. How many adults could do with this lesson?

I have to say that in all of my reading, and h
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Amy
I received this as an advanced reader's copy to give a review on, and I must say this was a fantastic book! This was the first of this series that I have read, and the author did a fabulous job making sure that the reader could follow the entire story without becoming lost and feeling this something was missing. The necessary back story was explained without giving away all of the surprises that I will get when I go back and read the books that came before this one (trust me, Miss Theodosia has ...more
Angie
OK. What do I say without giving too much away.

1) SO fun. On a day I was stuck at home fighting nasty allergies I distracted myself for several hours reading. Once I started I literally couldn't stop.

2) Now I will be distracting myself trying to figure out a fun celebration to have at school to introduce more kids to Theodosia--which is not to say she doesn't already have fans but hey. Some sort of Egyptian party would always attract more. (I will say this, though. This is not an easy read--woul
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Leslie
At times it may feel as though Theodosia is not the 11-year-old child, especially if you do not know many 11-year-olds who have long held particular (possibly pervasive) interests. Then there is the fact that her parents are intelligent, and as calamitously curious as Theo is, her knowledge and abilities aren’t too stretched. If anything, her ability to surprise and impress the adults in her world is an encouragement for young readers to brush up on their own brilliance. But ever there is the re ...more
Karissa
This is the fourth book in the Theodosia Thockmorten series by R.L. LaFevers. This was my favorite book in the series so far, it really took the story to another level.

Theodosia has journeyed with her mother to Egypt supposedly to help her mom on an archaeological dig. Theodosia's real purpose it to return the Emerald tablet and other important artifacts to the protection of the Brotherhood so that they don't fall into the evil hands of the Serpents of Chaos.

I really enjoyed this book. Theodosia
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Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Theodosia is returning to the land of her birth. Egypt! Who cares if she has a very important mission to return some items to a secret society bent on hiding artifacts of the Gods in the desert. It's Egypt and she's on an expedition with her mom. Take care of the Orb and Rae and the Emerald Tablet and spend the rest of the time doing what she's always dreamed of doing, archeology! Obviously, with her pet cat Isis by her side, despite her mother's protestations. When they arrive in Cairo though, ...more
Sophi
All right, I admit freely that in the end, I did like this book. But I got a little worried sometime in the middle. I can lavish praise upon the character of Theodosia all day long. I love her. I've probably read the Serpents of Chaos twenty times. But when I read this book, I was put off by three things: 1) Some of my favorite characters whom I love dearly are missing. i.e. Will, Henry, Fagenbush etc. 2) Some of the stuff that happens doesn't exactly make me desperate to find out more. I just w ...more
Sarah Sammis
Nov 07, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sarah by: R. L. LaFevers
Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh by R. L. LaFevers takes Theodosia to Egypt. She's convinced her mother to let her see a dig but her real goal is to turn a dangerous artifact.

The journey though quickly reveals dangers entrenched in the very places Theodosia has gone for help. To make matters worse she's been befriended by a donkey boy who has as fantastic a tale as her own. His destiny and hers seem tied up together.

It was fun to see Thedosia finally back in Egypt. She learns along the way about h
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Robyn
Montana Library2Go

For those reading the series who are curious: more than four years ago the author gave a title for the fifth Theodosia book (Theodosia and the Flame of Sekhmet), and that it was due in 2012. The Theodosia Throckmorton website has not been updated since shortly after that comment was made in early summer 2011. No further Theodosia books have been listed as forthcoming on the author's various websites and blogs, and in trade publications/catalogues there is no listing for the fi
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Christina
My favorite book in the series. If another book is never released, I think this is a satisfactory ending. Many things come to a conclusion, wrapped and tied up nicely, but there is enough left to let your imagination wander and ponder what could be the next adventure in Theodosia's life.

This book and the previous one really felt like the young adult books they all ought to be. The plots were tighter, more intriguing and captivating. The characters seemed deeper. It was great to watch them grow a
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Lorelie
Love these books! It ended like that may be it for Theodosia. But I hope not. There was some reference to the fact her gift was not limited to Egyptian artifacts, I had hoped her travels would go somewhere else?
Allyson
LeFevers always provides an excellent balance of detail and action to give Theodosia's adventures a wonderful tang. A perfect addition to the series. Theodosia is never boring!
Ken
This is the fourth book in R.L. LaFevers' Theodosia Throckmorton series and currently the last in the series, though there is some indication that a fifth book may be on the horizon. These books rely heavily on each other and should be read in the order in which they were published.

This book takes the series to somewhat of a closure but simultaneously opens several new lines of questions that will hopefully bring about several additional books or possibly prequels.

It is a well-written series tha
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IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Theodosia Throckmorton began her adventures in Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos. She still spends her time skillfully removing curses from Ancient Egyptian artifacts in the museum where her parents work. She is also dedicated to keeping ancient magic secrets out of the hands of the Serpents of Chaos.

Theo’s mom and dad are still so obsessed with their work they can hardly think about anything else. They remain clueless to the dangers lurking right under their noses as well as the talent of the
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Charlyn  Trussell
In this book, Theodosia accompanies her mother to Egypt to try to locate the temple of Thutmose III—at least that is what her mother believed was the reason for the trip. In book three, Theodosia had promised Awi Bubu, the magician, that she would return two sacred relics, the Orb of Ra and the Emerald Tablet, to the wedjadeen, protectors of ancient Egyptian artifacts. That is the true purpose of her return to Egypt, but Theodosia also wishes to learn the circumstances of her birth in Egypt to ...more
Brett
Theodosia's latest adventure has her returning to her family's former dig site in Egypt to fulfill her deathbed promise (well, okay, almost deathbed, but it still counts even if they don't die, right?) to return a couple of very magical ancient artifacts to the group that protect their potentially dangerous secrets. Should be straightforward enough, & then Theodosia will get to help her mother do some actual archaeology! If only that were true. If only that were ever true for Theodosia. Her ...more
Linda
This series is fast becoming a force in the world of young adult literature. Educational, fun, and full of danger, it's a book that the reader can hardly bear to put down. I adore this series!

In this 4th story about Theodosia Throckmorton, an 11 year-old (almost 12, I can hear her hasten to add) girl living in 1907 London, Theo travels with her archaeologist mother to Egypt where she hopes to secretly return an ancient emerald tablet that holds an ancient map to treasures of the gods and the Orb
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Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)
Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh is the fourth book in this impressive and intelligent middle grade series. It’s also my favorite book thus far. In the past, Theodosia has been mostly confined to the Antiquities Museum of London, where her father is the curator, or the streets of London, but this book takes place entirely in Egypt. This brings a whole new facet and feel to the book, making the Egyptian magic tangible in a way that it hasn’t been in the previous books.

With the new setting, come new
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Tara
Just finished the fourth Theodosia that I got last Christmas, and still no sign when there might be a book five! In this story, a promise to a dying man forces Theodosia to come up with a good reason for her parents to return to Egypt so she can return artifacts of the gods to the secret clan of warriors who guard them. Of course, another secret society wants the relics for themselves (and getting revenge on Theodosia for continually thwarting their plans would be in their best interest), and th ...more
Krystal
I was able to read Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh thanks to netGalley!

This is by far my favorite book of the series. Theodosia is once again in trouble with more secret societies than you can count and this time, she’s not even in London. She’s come to Luxor to help her mother excavate the annex she found back in book 1 and also to return some artifacts she stumbled upon in the last two books of the series. In fact, a lot of this book is devoted to giving us answers to questions that have been b
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Evelyn
Given that the author is now writing YA books, I think this is the last Theodosia novel. A shame, because the character is one of my favorites that I've met; but fitting, given this novel's title and story arc. Go out with a bang: a novel set entirely in Egypt, with Theo's emotional conflicts with her parents augmented, separated from her usual help of Sticky Will, Wigmere, Stilton, &c. Highly, highly satisfying. The artifact in (view spoiler) set up fo ...more
Kathryn

I've grown so fond of Theo...
It seems like a lifetime to wait for another book to come out, if at all.
If this was the last book of the series, I'm not at all satisfied with the ending.

Although it was clear from the start that Theodosia was getting help from various of people in different places, I'd hate to think that I won't hear what has become of Wigmere, Theo's little brother or Sticky Will !!!
I hate not knowing of what has become of the characters, and in this case I'm still not sure wh
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Kelly
Disclaimer: I was in some sort of weird head space when I started this book and I think that contributed to how hard it was for me to connect to the characters and events in the beginning. So... you know, take that into consideration. Because once I shook off my funk, I liked the book quite a bit.

Sooooo... I'm coming in at book 4 and I really don't know who's who or what's going on. Theodosia is spunky (in a good way) and her special abilities make her a little odd (in a good way... I mean, she
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bennett.
I rushed straight into this book right after I finished book three.

Theodosia is going to Egypt to help her mother on an archeological dig, said the blurb. If it was anything like the other books, I was reading it!

And I did! And it was like the others! In a good way, not a repetitive, dragging on kinda way.

I loved how Isis was a larger character in this book.

Many secrets were revealed that I was dying to here! Example: Why Theodosia has powers, why Isis is more than just a cat, and a lot about T
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Shawn
Interested in Egyptian history and mythology? This is a great series of books for a lover of all things Egyptian. Theodosia is a special little girl who can see ancient curses and feel the mysticism around her. Sounds like fun, right? Poor Theo spends her days in her parents ancient Egyptian museum where her mother, the Egyptologist, and her curator father work, and at times, live. She has dedicated her life to nullifying those curse before they can harm her family and friends. Sometimes this is ...more
Kat Goldin
Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh is one of the best, early middle novel series in my opinion in years. This novel continues to build on the female, young adult (11 year old), daring lead protagonist, Theodosia continues to exhibit smart, wise and wishful actions. This book has fun, reviving adventurous mysteries with a touch of wonder and ahh. Theodosia, her beloved cat, iris and a donkey boy guide names Gadji are out to solve the Egyptian treasure mystery and return the Emerald tablet, but he Ser ...more
athena
Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh is by R. L. LaFevers. Continuing her adventures with Egyptian magic, Theodosia actually goes to Egypt to return some ancient artifacts to their original owners. But with the murderous Serpents of Chaos on her trail and some other mysterious characters determined to hinder her mission, Theo has her work cut out for her. I know this is a vague summary but this is a complicated book and it is more fun if you don't know what's coming. I really enjoyed this entire serie ...more
NathanielSHS12
This was a very interesting book with a funny and quirky main character, Theodosia. She has many fine traits, and is very mature at the young age of eleven. She is part of a secret organization helping to protect Ancient Egyptian artifacts of mythological or historical importance. One problem with this book is that there is not a good supporting cast. Although Theodosia is a very intriguing character, the other primary ones are a bit bland. They are also not mentioned very much, and not included ...more
Inoli
The best of the series. Ms. LaFevers outdid herself with this. As much as I liked the first three books this one still surprised me and went way beyond my expectations. Theodosia grew and matured as a character and the writing seemed to get better and better and the story more complex and exciting. I feel no hesitation in recommending these to anyone who likes fantasy adventure regardless of age.

Oh, and I can't fail to mention the extensive introduction to ancient Egyptian mythology as well as t
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Lisa
The fourth in a delightfully fun series about Theodosia, an 11 year old girl who has a special gift of recognizing and getting rid of Egyptian curses. In this story, she finds herself headed to Egypt to help her mother on a dig, but with the secret mission of returning the Emerald Tablet to the Wedgideen.

As with most carefully laid plans, things go wrong, and between trying to hide her actions from her mother, deal with the Wedgideen, and stay safe from the Serpents of Chaos, Theo has her hands
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R.L. LaFevers (Robin Lorraine when she’s in really big trouble) grew up surrounded by shelves of old dusty books and a passel of brothers. She has also spent a large portion of her life being told she was making up things that weren’t there, which only proves she was destined to write fiction. She is the author of over fourteen books for young readers, including THEODOSIA AND THE SERPENTS OF CHAOS ...more
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