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The Scarab Heart

( The Involuntary Medium #2)

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Egypt, 1885. Theft and murder are afoot at an archaeological dig in the Valley of the Kings. Lizzie Blaylock, a young materializing medium of some renown, and her mentor, Miss Otis, thought they were there to vacation, especially as Lizzie has decided she wants nothing more to do with her powers.

Her powers, however, have other things in mind.

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Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 6th 2017 by Seventh Rainbow Publishing (first published September 20th 2013)
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Paula
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastically written addition to the Lizzie Baylock series!! As much as I loved The Bridge of Dead Things ~ I adored The Scarab Heart! These books are marvelous, really and truly something special! Lizzie Baylock is a Victorian teen who can bring dead people back to the living temporarily. This is a talent she discovered in book 1. In this adventure, she travels with her blind and aging mentor, Miss Ottis to an archaeological dig in Egypt. I love accurately based historical fiction so this was ...more
Ingrid Banwell
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘The Scarab Heart,’ the next book in the Lizzie Blaylock series is a page-turning, heart-churning thrill of a read. The archaeological dig setting was beautifully portrayed and Michael Gallagher managed that very difficult technique - the time-slip story and stories within stories well. All the information on Egyptian deities and history was fascinating and the author clearly undertook a lot of research. His re-working of Merit’s poem is both touching and beautiful. Great eBooks like this will c ...more
Chris
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A good book. The story took a while to get started and I was confused over the set-up of who was who and why they were going to Egypt! Once it started rolling, this book was really good. A YA paranormal mystery with excellent Egyptology details. Gallagher did his homework; the settings and characters ring true. The story switches between the main story and ancient times in a believable way and that subplot makes perfect sense in the larger story. I lik
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Nightwing
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And the adventures continue! Lizzie Blaylock, a very unusually talented young woman of the 1890s, finds herself accompanying an older woman, with talents of her own, to an archeological dig in Egypt. Lizzie has the ability to not only speak with the dead, but also acts as a bridge between the afterlife and the current, allowing the dead to rise from her body and speak with their own voice. This is a talent that, as you can imagine, proves to be as much of a drawback as a blessing when surrounded ...more
Lara
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Firstly I want to say how very impressed I am with the amount of research that has been undertaken. Every effort seems to have been made to contain the actions and beliefs of all the characters in keeping with the period the novel is set in. Lizzie's adventures on an archaeological dig can be read as a mystery, every episode providing clues as the story unfolds. The writing flows naturally and kept my interest throughout. Also embedded in the novel is Merit's story, an ancient Egyptian Princess ...more
Suzy
I received this ebook through Early Reviewers and I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed it! Despite the main character, and narrator, Lizzie Blaylock being a young adult of 14, the book never feels as if it's talking down to younger readers. It's a good mystery and the supernatural elements such as Lizzie's medium abilities and the way they are described were creative and different than most takes I've read on such abilities. I also found the historical aspect about ancient Egypt and the heretical Ph ...more
Diana Febry
An unusual YA book.
Set in 1885 the heroine, Lizzie Blaylock, is a 14 year old English girl with the power to temporarily raise the dead. Accompanied by her blind mentor, Miss Otis she sets off to visit an archaeological dig in Egypt. There she becomes involved in unravelling the mystery of the site thefts and murder along with finding a scarab heart for an ancient Egyptian princess.
The easy writing style blends the two stories together without confusion. The unusual characters and clear descrip
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Monica
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Theft and murder are afoot at an archaeological dig in 1885 Egypt. Lizzie Blaylock, world renowned ghost channeler, and her mentor, Miss Otis, thought they were simply there to vacation, especially since Lizzie wants nothing more to do with her powers. Her powers have other things in mind.

The story is full of rich and varied scenes and characters. Action and plot line flow smoothly. Authentic interactions between characters occur frequently helping to add to the suspense and budding romances. Ti
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Lana Kamennof-sine
Here's an interesting YA book, set in Victorian time period, in the Valley of the Kings - Egypt.

Think I'd have devoured the series in grades 6 & up. Ideally, for optimal character comprehension the series would be read in order. That said the author is good at ensuring those of us starting here with the second in the series can sort ourselves out fairly easily.

Fascinating to read this varying interpretation of Ankhenaten & truly enjoyed the attention to details & historical accuracy.
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Tami Egonu
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderfully written 2nd novel in the Lizzie Blaylock series. Lizzie remains an interesting young heroine, and I enjoyed how this story unfolded, especially as the author has meticulously researched Egyptian history/mythology for vivid inspiration. This was a lovely holiday read and definitely a series to interest young and old alike. The author’s writing style flows beautifully and Lizzie is a character many will find endearing. Again, I look forward to Lizzie's next journey.
Donna R.
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of all genres
A trip to an ancient archeology site in Egypt throws Lizzie into a world of mystery, mythology and murder. I found the setting, characters and plot to be interesting, enjoyable and surprising. I recommend to readers to take a break from their more accustomed genres and read this very entertaining book!
Kelly
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wow...I don't know what I was expecting, but not that.

I've never read a mystery-Egyptian-paranormal from the Victorian era. Scarab Heart totally sucked me in. It was fast paced and very fun to read.

Can't wait for the next book!
Stephen John
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply extraordinary. An unexpected twist but credible instalment in young Lizzie's unusual but interesting journey. Credit to Mr Gallaghe's research and attention to detail. The plot unfolds effortlessly and hooks you from the off. This is a sequel which surprised and delighted. I am full anticipation for the next Lizzie Blaylock chronicle.
Tona
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great vacation read. It has a thought out plot and twists to keep it interesting. It was a quick read for me but kept my interest. I look forward to reading more.
Jael
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy as part of LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

Honestly, I must say that the cover wasn't exactly fascinating or anything and I'm guilty of being one who judges a book by its cover. However, the blurb of the book sounded interesting, so I decided to give this book a try and I certainly did not regret it.

The Scarab Heart is a combination of fantasy, Egyptian history and mythology as well as mystery. Set in 1885, the story revolves around a 14 year old girl named Lizzie Blaylock wh
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Michael Gallagher is the author of two series of novels set in Victorian times. Send for Octavius Guy chronicles the attempts of fourteen-year-old Gooseberry—reformed master pickpocket—to become a detective, aided and abetted by his ragtag bunch of friends. The Involuntary Medium follows the fortunes of young Lizzie Blaylock, a girl who can materialize the spirits of the dead, as she strives to co ...more

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