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The Eternal Hourglass by Erica Kirov
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Aug 20, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 10-to-12-year-old-readers, 9-to-11-year-old-readers, guys-read
Recommended for: the text is small - I think 9 and up would enjoy the story.
Read in August, 2009

This kicks off a series.
Nick is a modern guy, he lives in Vegas, likes to skateboard, hates school and is delighted to embark on a slacker summer which will start with his 13th birthday. Little does he know that his mysterious family and an unexpected destiny awaits him as his thirteenth birthday is when he traditionally becomes a man.
He finds himself embraced by a family of true magicians who inhabit the top floor of a casino. He is dropped into a rigorous training that will (hopefully) protect him from ruthless rival magicians and prepare him for his position in the family. Nick must call upon all his talents and a few new skills to survive this first challenge as he comes to understand the battle between good and evil and his place in it.
Sumptuous quarters, magically tamed wild animals, crystal balls, intelligent swords and magical horses are a wonderful backdrop for Nickolai's family that hails from Tsarist Russia.
More installments to come.

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