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The Eternal Hourglass

(Magickeepers #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  834 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Nick Rostov's life is borderline embarrassing.

His dad is well known as the worst magician in Las Vegas. Nick hasn't had a real friend in years. And his report card is not good at all. One F. Two Cs. One B-minus. And an A. In Health. But on Nick's thirteenth birthday his life changes forever. Awaking on the top floor of the world famous Winter Palace Hotel and Casino, he me
Hardcover, 231 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks
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Jun 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Much of the YA books I have been reading lately are much darker heavy reads especially for the middle school and high school groups. Magickeepers: The Eternal Hour Glass Book One by Erica Kirov is perfect for those children who are close in that age group but still have a few years to go.

Nick Rostov’s father is a Las Vegas magician and a very bad one at that. Nick is a typical thirteen year old who is excited for the summer because that means no school, sleeping in, playing video games for hours
Eva Mitnick
May 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, children
In short order, young Nick Rostov discovers that he possesses heretofore unsuspected magical powers and that he, as the most powerful sprig of an impressive magical family tree, is in great danger from his family’s enemies.

This is familiar magical territory, but some refreshing new territory is introduced. To teach him to use his magic – and to protect him from the dreaded Shadowkeepers – Nick is brought to the luxurious compound of his large and eccentric magical family, who are all of Russian
May 14, 2009 rated it liked it
I thought the Eternal Hourglass was a great set up for a series. Right away, main character Nick is plucked out of the life he knows with his father and grandfather and placed in this large Russian family that lives and works within the Winter Palace in Las Vegas. They are the relatives of his mother and they are all magicians! I felt sort of bad for Nick's dad who also worked as a magician at another nearby hotel but he's not very good at what he does. I did really like seeing how this family o ...more
The Library Lady
Feb 01, 2010 rated it did not like it
Disappointing beyond belief.I figured out who "the Grand Duchess" is the moment she started burbling about living in a palace and eating off gold plates--and incidentally, if Kirov had bothered doing any research she'd have found that the Grand Duchesses lived like middle class British girls at Tsarsko Seloe. For pity's sake, the Romanovs are dead and their story was warped in one bad kids's movie already.Isn't that enough?

Speaking of research, if Kirov really is Russian, shouldn't she know that
Apr 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010

Nick knows all about magic... or at least he thinks he does. So when he discovers that his family tree is filled with real magicians, not just the smoke and mirrors kind, to say he is shocked is probably putting it mildly.

The Eternal Hourglass, the first novel in the Magickeepers series, was a fun read perfectly suited for younger teens. Kirov blends Russian history and mythology together with our world to make a something completely different. I have seen many compare this series with the Harry
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Brenda by: Library find
Shelves: fantasy
Nick's idea of summer is "a skateboard, a cheeseburger, to sleep in and goof off.". Boy was he wrong. On his thirteenth birthday, he is kidnapped by well meaning relatives, placed into an accelerated training in performing magic tricks, sword fighting, and becomes an opening act at the Theater in the Winter Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. In this first installment in the The Magickeepers series there are nice links between Russian history, historical figures like Houdini and Rasputin and p ...more
I really liked the incorporation of the historical characters. That was very interesting and fun to read. However, the rest of the book, as I remember it, was not quite as intriguing.
It's an intricately plotted, sometimes hard-to-follow YA adventure that is less impressive and successful thanks to its alienating lead and his hilariously contrived friendship with his cousin.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3, reread
Average writing, average story, average life.
Mark Buxton
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
My name is Nick, and my father is the worst magician in the world. I've learned that I come from a strong lineage of real magic, and I have the rare ability to see into the past. I've come to live with many of my mother's cousins, but the leader of the Shadowkeepers, Rasputin, is determined to get me. His minions have already infiltrated our compound! It must have something to do with an hourglass that can stop time, but I don't know how I fit in. My mother left me a key when she died, but I don ...more
Jun 07, 2009 rated it liked it
I really, really wanted to be crazy about this book. The concept sounded so cool - a family of Russian mages hides in plain sight in a casino magic act in Vegas. Our protagonist is the kid who'd lived with other relatives and never knew he would have The Gift, and now has to come live and perform with his family. There's also a villainous Rasputin - I feel like the guy gets maybe a worse rap than he earned during his lifetime, but there's no denying that he can work the villain role.

So what went
May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing

Magickeepers: The Eternal Hourglass is simply amazing. This is a story of great imagination, magic, and the power to believe in oneself. For lovers of Harry Potter, this new series by Erica Kirov is sure to be a huge hit. Geared toward middle school age children, I sincerely feel that Magickeepers will find an avid audience that far surpasses that age range.

With summer on our heels and many young voices complaining that they are bored, or have nothing to do, Magickeepers will provide that engagi
Anne Beardsley
A rather pleasant book.

It lost a star because the hero was whiny and entitled, things I do not find attractive in a human being ... but I suppose you need to give the kid a break for being young. Still, most of the young people I particularly enjoy the company of -- are flawed, yes, and immature, yes, but they find more interesting flaws that persistent self-pity.

I loved the fact that it was a story about an extended family. I loved the idea of suddenly finding a huge, tight-knit clan. It wou
Hannah Belyea
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
He may be constantly embarrassed of his father's terrible magic tricks while he performs in Las Vegas, but when Nick is taken under the wing of his magical family and taught how to defend himself and perform on stage, he may just think twice about complaining - especially when dark magic begins searching for him! Kirov begins a delightful tale that is a blast of fun and family sure to have readers devouring every chapter. Carrying the secrets of his mother, Nick will have to face down the darkes ...more
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This was very entertaining! I could not put it down - there was always action happening in one way or another. I love the characters and Nick's semi-real reactions to things - he's kidnapped one day and expected to ride a wild stallion three days later. Who does that?! And that's exactly what he wants to know. The review on the book itself is right - if you loved Harry Potter, you'll love this series.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was a magnificent book: filled with magic and wonder. Reminds me of my childhood when I immensely believed in magic. It is genuine and classic. I honestly believe that all people, age and gender deserve a true piece like this. It is a fabulous and delving book. Be sure to imagine and dissolve in it to experience it in the purest sense.
Betty Weske
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book I have ever read this book 📚 has adventure evil crime heroesz and more action pack things this book leaves u in a cliffhanging thrill.💤💤💤💤🔆🔆🔆I spent all night and all day reading this to get to the end 📖.
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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R.K. Cowles
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
This second book in this series was great. I’m glad I decided to read these
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
Found these in the library and got them on a whim. Quick reads, good story, could have developed the characters more, but well done
Nathy Vhb
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Not an epic plot, but I like the use of the Russian culture and history. Nice story, maybe I’m even going to read the next book
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a whimsical, enchanting tale of family magic that was very entertaining.
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great book! My kids and I enjoyed reading it together. I loved being able to read the Russian words woven into the story.
Kermela Jan
Oct 20, 2016 marked it as to-read
This was a really interesting book. I can't wait to read the other books!
Sarah Sammis
May 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
The Eternal Hourglass by Erica Kirov is the first of the Magickeepers series. Nick Rostov lives with his father in a crappy room in one of the older Las Vegas hotel. He's starting the summer off with a bad report card, and another birthday by himself.

Except this time, his grandfather appears on his thirteenth birthday with the offer of a new life, new powers, an extended family he didn't know exists and, of course, new responsibilities. He's also moving to another hotel — this one a palace and m
Haley Mathiot
Apr 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Series Review:

I really enjoyed the Magickeeper series! It's written for ages 8-14, but even I got really into it and enjoyed it a lot.

The stories were both woven well, with plenty of mystery and suspense to keep you reading. Once I started to read, it was hard to put it down. I never knew what to expect and was always surprised. It was like walking through a fun-house: you never knew what was going to be around the corner.

My favorite characters had to be Nick and Isabella, followed closely by I
Jennifer Wardrip
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Son of a theatrical magician, Nick is familiar with parlor and magical illusion that can appear as magic. On his 13th birthday, though, he awakens on the top floor of the Winter Palace Hotel and Casino only to meet, for the first time, his extended family.

Exiled from Russia, these real magicians hide in plain sight among the neon lights of the casino. He learns that he has the gift of sight - the ability to see into the past. He also finds out that he is on
Miss Clark
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Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast read for me and kept me entertained. Yes I guessed some of the secrets before they were revealed but still I loved this book! Nick lives in Las Vegas with his father who is a magician. On the day of Nick's 13 birthday his life changes. He learns that he comes from a family of magickeepers on his mother's side. They have real magic and to blend in they perform a magic act in Vegas. They want to teach him about being a magickeeper and how to do real magic. ...more
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Erica Kirov is a pseudonym of Erica Orloff.

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