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Curse of the Ancients

(Infinity Ring #4)

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Fix the past. Save the future.

What is the secret history connecting the SQ to the Ancient Mayans?
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Scholastic Inc.
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Oda Renate
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
It was nice to jump into this series again its been awhile since I read the first three.
This one was fun, I had hoped for more worldbuilding on the mayans but as its an old old ooold civilisation there might not be that much? Also the series i fast paced so maybe thats the reason.
I recomend this series if you want short, fun fast middle grade books.
Nhu
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: borrow, audiobook
This book was a true struggle to get through and I literally had to force myself to finish it.
Bethany
Aug 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book was a true struggle to get through and I literally had to force myself to turn on the CD on my way to work. Why am I still in this thing? For the 6th book, by Jennifer A. Nielsen. THIS, however, left a bad taste in my mouth.

Let's start with the positive.

Though not quite as masterfully as the previous book, Curse did explore Riq's character farther than The Stuck-Up Sidekick the first two gave him. It also was not bland—although that may have been best as the alternative was to give an
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Deedeebear3
Apr 01, 2020 added it
Shelves: sci-fi
so I loved the last three sooo much, and I was sooo excited to read the fourth! I read and was like " why the misery." It was sooo bad. I'm not a big fan of Dak, but he's hardly in it so the book was sooo bleak. But I liked the last one and the same guy wrote it so. I don't know it was just bad.
Cy K.
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Three kids (Dak, Sera, and Riq) are on a mission to fix the future from disasters. If they fail to make the correct changes in the past there might not be a future. Sera has seen the future and there is no way to stop the Cataclysm while stranded with Dak and Riq thousands of years in the past. After their last three adventures, they find themselves in Central America for their next adventure. They get their long before the Spaniards do. They become friends with the Maya who do not behave like t ...more
Mihir
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
1) Sera, one of the 3 main characters is experiencing illusions that are telling her the Cataclysm is near, which is a disastrous event that will end humanity itself. Sera, Dak, and Riq utilize the infinity ring to teleport back in time to fix the "breaks" in time to prevent the foresight she has seen. But they encounter Mayan wars and more enemy travelers along their way. But after all their effort, it ends up their is still "breaks" in time, which will continue in the next books in the series ...more
Kimberly
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
They are definitely starting to mess up the time travel and their internal consistency. In this one, Sera thinks she programs in a certain time, but they end up at a different time - where they were supposed to go anyways. Then, the fix something and go to the original time to fix something related to the first thing. But the clue at the second stop has parts that only make sense if they completed the first stop. Since they are supposed to not have anything adjust due to their changes in the tim ...more
Shaeley Santiago
Sep 25, 2013 rated it liked it
While this series is so predictable that it's detracting from my enjoyment of the books, this particular one was better than some of the others. We actually get to see Rik, Daq, & Sera on two trips through time in this book. They visit the Mayas and try to save the original Codex (that doesn't mention the SQ). Along the way, we also find out more about Sera's experience of the Cataclysm.

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Centauri
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I dislike time travel, for many reasons, but no need to go into it here ...
The author was good with timeline consistency, and even added a little "destiny is inescapable" to the plot. The 3 protagonists, some of the most knowledgeable and organized kids I have ever read, are set on a mission to save time and existence by a group of time-watching, time-protecting adults. What is up with kid sidekicks and heroes?
Anyway, they fall into a time they were not supposed to go to, but there is a point; i
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Kim  Dennis
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
For the most part, I really, really enjoy this series. I love the history of it. With the ones like the last book, where I know a lot of the history, it's fun to watch it unfold. This one was really interesting for me, because I don't know quite as much about the history. I thought I knew more about the Maya than I did. (I even asked a fellow history teacher, and we were under some of the same incorrect beliefs about the Maya.) It makes me want to learn more, so when I come across things I don't ...more
Michelle
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: engl-420
MATT DE LA PENA REQUIRED AUTHOR
This is book 4 of the infinity ring series where Dak, Sera and Riq travel back to the time of the Mayans to try and solve the riddle of the infinity ring. They arrive in a horrible storm where Dak gets injured saving a Mayan girl from a crumbling wall. The basic plot behind this book is that the three teenagers are historians that are trying to solve and help history while solving a riddle. Sera has a dream where she sees the future where her uncle is dead and so a
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Tristian Cantu
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jenny Mullin
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I HATE that this series has online "games" in between the books that are necessary to the story line. In addition, I feel like the characterization of the characters changes from book to book. In one book, Riq and Sara seemed to have "chemistry" between them, and then that disappears -- which is FINE because Sara is 11 years old, and Riq is 16.

The concept is intriguing -- time travel, an organization which has manipulated time for its own benefit, breaks in time that need to be repaired -- but
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Mary Bassett
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: english-420
Matt de La Pena
For some reason when I started this book I did not realize that it would be a middle-grade book, and then I got into it and didn't want to stop. It is the fourth installment in the Infinity Ring series and tells the story of Historians Scera, Dak, and Riq as they travel back in time to save the ancient Mayan codex from the evil reality changing SQ. This book is silly and entertaining, but the thing that was most shocking to me was when half way through the novel, one of the protag
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Deven Curtis
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: eng-420
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Though it costed some effort to get invested in the characters, this is a likable book. The story follows three time-traveling adolescents charged with saving the world by preventing certain events in history. There is a thread of early romance between two characters which finds its way to the center of the plot. Though I can't identify the specific reason why, the story-line felt somewhat contrived until the latter half of the novel. This is a good read
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Claire Mummert
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this one. I feel like all the characters grew up a bit in it which was great because the younger boy's attitude and use of "dude" was getting old for me. This one was also fun because it happened in more than one time period which gave great interest to the book and made it feel like it sped along quickly.
Ethan Mickelberry
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an amazing addition to the collection it got me so into it. I couldn't stop reading it when Dak was unconscious and I really enjoyed the kinda intense parts of when there being caught and everything. I really got to enjoy this one and think it went very well with the last few. Definitely recommend the read its really good.
Julia
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm a little annoyed with the transition from one book to the next. Book 3 started out talking about their time with Dolly Madison, but that wasn't in book two. Then book 3 ends with us thinking they are going somewhere, but that's not where book 4 is. It shouldn't be that difficult to align these endings and beginnings.
Trevor Bouma
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really like this series of Time Travel Books. In this book, Dak, Sera and Riq try to save the world by fixing problems in the past. This time they travel to Central America in the year 638 to help the Mayas save their true history. Some villains have tried to rewrite history and the heroes keep the real history of Mayan culture and traditions from being destroyed. It was a great adventure.
Michelle
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very interesting to learn about the Mayan culture. I enjoyed this book for the most part. The main problem I had is that I'm really tired of the bickering that goes on between Dak and Riq. It's interfering with the story now.
Angela Massengale
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best of the series so far. Finally feeling engaged with the heroes (well, 2 of the 3). Looking forward to what comes next in the series.
Cynthia Cleveland
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Not a favorite in this series. The basic story is fine but the idiotic things Dak says is too much.
Susan Ibe
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
i felt like i was one of the characters
Laura Iacono
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was cool to read about the Maya civilization! I wasn't a huge fan of how Sera looked down upon their science/medicine, but I can understand where she was coming from.
Hannah
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book but it took awhile to get to the point of the story
aimee
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
the history lessons are getting better but the characters...
Robert
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good book. It kept you on your toes.
Emily Ensign
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: engl-420, fantasy
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Daniel K
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book very much. Especially how Sera, Dak, and Riq traveled in time to the year 638 and met the tribe of Maya. Also how Riq got a 'girlfriend', whose name was Kisa. And how they found the secret room in the new observatory. Dak saved a girl and a wall of stone fell down on him. He was knocked unconscious.
Jenn
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I did like the story provide and found it interesting that the book included not one but two parts to a break there were just too many questions in this one for me to rate it as high as the previous one.

I have the same gap issues with the series as always but no really need to go into those since I've vented a few times on that before. My issues with this one were more about things within the story itself. First of all when the book opens the time appears to be wrong, but there's a partial
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Matt de la Peña is the New York Times best-selling, Newbery-medal-winning author of six young adult novels and four picture books. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He teaches creative writing and ...more

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