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The Jewel of the Kalderash

(The Kronos Chronicles #3)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,119 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Upon arriving in the Romany homeland to deliver the Mercator Globes, Petra Kronos, Tomik, and Neel formulate a plan to save Petra’s father, who has been transformed into a Gray Man. But when a long-held secret is revealed, Neel finds himself bound to his country.

The friends are quickly swept up in an epic battle for power. Thrones are at stake. Spies are afoot. Murder is c
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2011)
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Not enough John Dee!

Aside from one authorial quirk I don't remember from the other books (constantly referring to Petra's companion as "the friends" -- just felt awkward), I thought this was an exciting, dramatic, and even moving conclusion to the Kronos Chronicles. Sometimes it felt a little too fast-paced, being crammed as it was with several storylines which didn't always get as much development as they should, but the payoff to all those stories coming together was still wonderful. Petra and
Kailey (Luminous Libro)
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-kindle
I loved this last book in the trilogy so much! The plot really surprised me, and I loved the new characters and old.
In this book, Petra is still on a quest to save her father from the evil Prince of Bohemia, and naturally Tomik and Neel are along for the ride.
My favorite character is still Astrophil, the tin spider with a big brain and an even bigger heart.
Once again, John Dee makes an appearance, and of course intrigue and spying and political machinations follow in his wake.

The stakes are defi
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I loved the series. I love the characters. I love the action and the magic! I'm begging Marie Rutkoski to eventually write more. I recommend this series; this author; to any one of any age that loves adventure, magic, budding love, good vs evil.... etc... Such enjoyable reads! ...more
☼Book her,   Danno☼
Though there are certainly people who would argue otherwise, I have always considered the Kronos Chronicles to be a MG or middle-grade series. (MG being on one end of the Young Adult spectrum.) Not that the series was lacking in sophistication nor depth of character, but because the books were outstanding, and yet still appropriate for younger readers.

In fact, in my opinion Marie Rutkoski is one of THE best MG authors. She can tell a whomping good story; make it engaging for teens as well as adu
Michael Fitzgerald
Czech Republic

Although I found this this trilogy to be better than most modern books of its kind, I was disappointed by how it all ended. Things wrapped up too quickly, and it felt very rushed. If you skipped a page or two toward the end, you would miss virtually everything. There was little sense of the magnitude of the grand battle that is the culmination of the story.

There is an underlying confusion that is unsettling. The primary setting is Europe (Bohemia - now part of the Czech Republic) i
david y biblioflick
One word about this book - supercalifragilistic. Read it. Read the trilogy.

This book started slow as a transition to a bigger world, but it is my favorite among the three and it ended well. Some old characters will be returning and a new characters will be either on Petra's side or against her. Petra's character really developed in this book and the choices she made is good and not annoying like most female characters in YA novels and who is always clinging to her love interest, but the romance
See my reviews for books 1 and 2 of the Kronos Chronicles:

The Cabinet of Wonders
The Celestial Globe

I just finished the trilogy last night, so my review for the final book will be up shortly, as well as my final thoughts on the series.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hehehe Neel and Petra.

At first I was like NO they're being separated and you got to see more of Tomik and there was a moment there I liked him but then he started getting feelings and Neel.

Overall, my review, in one word, NEEL!!!
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Date: December 28, 2014

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The Jewel of the Kalderash
Marie Rutkoski

Upon arriving in the Romany homeland to deliver the Mercator Globes, Petra Kronos, Tomik, and Neel formulate a plan to save Petra’s father, who has been transformed into a Gray Man. But when a long-held secret is revealed, Neel finds himself bound to his country.

The friends are quickly swept up in an epic battle for power. Thrones are at stake. Spies are afoot. Murder is common. Worst of al
Rick Stuckwisch
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A solid finish to a marvelous trilogy. A really excellent read. The writing is elegant, exquisite even, yet flows very naturally and unencumbered. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed these books and the masterful story they tell. The characters are robust and fully dimensioned. The literary world is richly developed and convincingly integrated into real world history. I'm sorry now, in retrospect, that I did not read these aloud to my children but to myself (my most recent bike reading books). ...more
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Again, a high three but not quite a 4. Petra started out just as annoying as in the previous book, but she definitely matured and became more interesting. Tomik had so much promise but was never given the attention I think he deserved - he could have been such a dynamic character. John Dee remained interesting and became much more sympathetic - he went from being a mysterious outsider to an actual human with a real stake in the action of the story. Overall, it wasn't exactly the way I would have ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: world-travel, fun
A good ending to a great series.
It got a little over the top violent with main characters being killed off (reminded me a bit of the Hunger Games) especially as it started out as a middle grade series. And I'm not sure if there were anything historical in this one which was the coolest part of the last two. And the love triangle, ugh. But I liked how that ended.
Anyway, Lydia hopes she writes more.
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I had to lower the rating of the first two books so that I could give this one the highest out of the three. This book is amazing. The emotions of the character are portrayed so well and you can feel what they are feeling whether it be fear, sadness, discomfort, love, all of it. The characters have matured so much from the previous books and I really fell in love with the characters in this book. The suspense and build-up are also really good. I recommend this trilogy to everyone.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More 4.5 than 5 stars but the series as a whole deserves it. A gripping book from start to finish. The author did a fantastic job in pulling all the plot strings together for the final battle and nothing was out of place. Top notch, believable characters. Too bad the payoff was so short. I wouldn't have minded one last chapter from Astro's pov. ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This entire series was a new world of adventure and wonders, filled with fantasy and the thrill of a hunt. I absolutely loved this series. I consider it one of my top three! Thank you, Marie, for creating such a beautiful and imaginative read!!
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
More character development and a fun finale to the series!
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. I loved how loyal Petra was to her friends, and how loyal her friends were to her. It was a wonderful end to a fun trilogy.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weakest of the trilogy. Did not finish.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked how this one began but it got too violent in the end.
Debby Accuardi
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful fantasy.
I like the overall plot of the book, but there was nothing that really stood out to me. And I was mad at Petra to whole time, her character felt very selfish to me.
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
is it too early to crown this my favorite book of 2020?
Alexandria Sanchez
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great Book! Really well written! I love her work! She is a great author!
Barb Middleton
Dec 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Petra is trying to save her father after Prince Rodolfo transformed him into a monstrous Gray Man. The Gray Men make up Rodolfo's army and are superior to humans with their superpowers of speed, protective scales, and poisonous skin. A pinprick from a claw through human skin can kill a person instantly. The Gray Men have such a thirst for human blood they have lost their humanness and are killing machines. Petra's plan is to kidnap the scientist who created them and force her to create an antido ...more
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In the finale of the Kronos Chronicles trilogy, young thief Neel of the magic fingers becomes king of all the Roma - don't call them gypsies! But little in his experience has prepared him to survive repeated assassination attempts, heal the rivalries between the four Roma clans, and resolve the controversy over what to do with the twin Terrestrial and Celestial Globes, which control safe travel through a worldwide network of wormhole-like rifts. Meanwhile Bohemia's king, Prince Rodolfo - younges ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great & exciting conclusion to the series. Another fun read to share with my child.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: really-enjoyed
The Jewel of the Kalderash provides a pretty good ending to a fantastic series. Most of the loose ends are wrapped up, which I appreciate. The changing dynamic between Petra and her male friends is interesting to watch, and I like the way it turned out. (view spoiler) Petra's magic conti ...more
Mason Jones
Nov 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
It appears that this is the final volume in Marie Rutkoski's trilogy about Petra Kronos, which is quite a shame as the books have been some of my favorite recent YA fantasies. Set in a slightly alternate Elizabethan world, centered around Bohemia and the city of Prague, Petra Kronos in this book is on a quest to save her father, who's been turned into an evil creature through the alchemy of one of Prince (would-be Emperor) Rodolfo's court magicians. The adventures, as Petra and her friend Neel a ...more
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. This was my favorite in the trilogy. It wrapped things up well, it had a lot of action and intrigue, and the writing is, as always, fairly captivating. Petra is such a breath of fresh air. Naive but strong and determined, stubborn but willing to learn. Sometimes the story was predictable, but it was often unpredictable and I would gasp out loud at the turn of events. Yes, the love triangle was a bit forced and yes, the love triangle situation was resolved in an even more forced way, b ...more
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Marie Rutkoski is the New York Times bestselling author of The Winner's Trilogy, which begins with The Winner's Curse. She also wrote the YA novel The Shadow Society and the children's fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders. Her next project is a YA duology set in the same world as The Winner's Curse. The first in this duology is called The Midnight Lie and will be ...more

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The Kronos Chronicles (3 books)
  • The Cabinet of Wonders (The Kronos Chronicles, #1)
  • The Celestial Globe (The Kronos Chronicles, #2)

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