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The Eternal Hourglass (Magickeepers #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  746 Ratings  ·  107 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
Franco  Santos
Un buen libro; entretenido, sin más. Es una historia simple, que recuerda a Harry Potter por algunas similitudes que comparten. Al principio me resultó un poco pesado, pero a medida que la trama avanzaba la acción se volvía más asidua. En mi opinión el libro es demasiado corto, creo que a la autora le falta imaginación. Me dejó con ganas de conocer los secretos que quedaron sin develar, así que me leeré el segundo (cuando lo traigan a Argentina...). En fin, un libro entretenido, corto, para pasa ...more
Natasha GJ Nanny Nakia
El reloj de arena eterno, el primer volumen de una nueva saga llamada Los Guardianes de la Magia, de Erica Kirov nos trae de regreso a los magos con un par de innovaciones. No será Nick una nueva especie de Harry Potter pues está más cerca del mago Houdini. Y es que Kirov ha logrado unir el mundo del mago de la literatura fantástica con el mago del espectáculo circense Además, le ha añadido la cultura rusa y viejos personajes de la historia: como son Rasputín, Anastasia, Houdini y Verne. ¿Que le ...more
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Nov 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oberezhnyj scheet predkov hranit menia
Kau, Nicholai Rostov, memiliki anugrah itu

Usia 13 tahun mungkin tak berarti banyak bagi umumnya anak-anak. Kecuali menandakan saat puber. Tapi tidak bagi Nick! Justru usia 13 tahun berarti banyak bagi Nick. Suka tidak suka, pada saat itu ia dihadapkan pada sebuah fakta bahwa ia berbeda. Nick termasuk tinggi untuk anak usianya namun kurus. Rambutnya ikal berwarna coklat gelap dibiarkan panjang menyentuh kerah baju. Kedua bola matanya berwarna biru pucat. Nam
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 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
R.K. Cowles
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3, reread
Average writing, average story, average life.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kermela Jan
This was a really interesting book. I can't wait to read the other books!
Micaela Vairo
Es un libro fácil de leer y bastante corto. No me disgusto pero tampoco me pareció muy interesante, ni conseguí conectar con algún personaje, ni siquiera con el personaje principal, quien a lo largo del libro no quiere saber nada con creer en esa nueva vida y de repente al final se vuelve valiente y decide sacrificarse por toda esa familia que recién conoce y con la que no se siente emparentado.
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
Jul 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Salah satu buku yang saya sebenernya sempet ragu untuk membelinya. Karena seperti begitu banyak buku lain, buku ini disertai dengan kata-kata semacam ‘something that reminds you to Harry Potter’. Somehow saya merasa sudah terlalu banyak buku fantasi yang seakan-akan ingin ikut menjadi bagian dari kesuksesan Harry Potter.

Nick, panggilan dari Nicholai Rostov, yang adalah seorang anak laki-laki biasa. Ayahnya seorang tukang sulap yang berkelana dari panggung hiburan suatu hotel ke hotel lain, dan
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Kira M for

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
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El tiempo no se detiene por nadie.

Nikolai Rostov es un chico (o niño, como quieran verlo) que vive en Las Vegas y cuyo padre es el peor mago de allí. El día de su decimotercer cumpleaños descubre una verdad increíble: Nikolai es un mago de verdad. Damian, el mago más famoso de Las Vegas (y su primo lejano) lo lleva un Hotel en el que estará a salvo, y donde conocerá al resto de su mágica familia, además de aprender a usar la magia. Vale, eso es todo lo que os puedo decir sin spoilers.

Tengo que a
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
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
Feb 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
I actually met the author of this book, she seems like she's a nice lady, but come on people- my 10 year old Niece could write a better book! It's reppetative, patheticly written, poor quality, AND it copies so much stuff out f classic books like harry potter. This book isn't even original! Nick Rostov has no character -he's lame, and I don't feel any connection with him at all. Isabella- is so tippicall and average... she has blue what? Theres some history in it.. but it doesn't even ...more
Miss Clark
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Oct 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Nick Rostov is looking forward to summer vacation. No homework, sleeping-in every morning and riding his skateboard everywhere. Life would be even better if his dad wasn't the worst the magician in Las Vegas. Nick's world turns upside-down on his 13th birthday when his true heritage is revealed. He is a Gazer and is one of a long line of Magickeepers. His lineage extends back to Ancient Egypt, twisting its way through many important people in history. The family are powerful magicians who also t ...more
Aurora Batty
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
I could easily see this series becoming a well loved childhood maker such as Harry Potter. Though the main character Nick is the same age as Harry in PoA, it reads easier like it was intended for a younger audience but I dare say grown up fans of Harry Potter would like it, I know I did at maybe 34? (Yikes did I just put that it there?)

The story follows Nick a, just, 13 year old boy who finds out extraordinary things about a family he never knew as well as himself on his birthday. This new famil
Erin Stuhlsatz
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, sff
This is my favorite J fantasy of the week.

Nicholas (Kolya) is just a regular kid whose mother died mysteriously years ago and whose father is an unsuccessful Las Vegas magician and whose grandfather is always having cryptic arguments with said father. Like I said, just a regular kid. On his 13th birthday, his grandfather kidnaps him to take him to a real fortune teller, who can see that Nick has magical powers that are in great demand. His mother's family, led by the famous (and very successful
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