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Not as good as the previous books.......
on 17 June 2012
but still very readable. The Perenelles, Machiavelli, Billy the Kid, Black Hawk and various sundry others are all on Alcatraz attempting to stop the monsters that Dee unleashed from getting across to the mainland and thereby causing total carnage and possible annihilation of the human race. They are also attempting to arouse the old spider so she can help them. Their auras are becoming rapidly depleted though by having to fight so many monsters.
Meanwhile back in Danu Talis Josh and Sophia have been approached by Osiris and Isis who tell them that they are their parents. Neither Josh nor Sophia believe this for an instant and believe that the two Elders are only using them for their own ends.
There are many Elders named in this book including Abraham the Mage who gives Josh the Codex. Abraham, like many of the othe Elders is changing. This is the price it would seem paid for being an Elder. Meanwhile Bastet and her son are trying to have Aten murdered but Virginia Dare and the many humans who live on Danu Talis rise up and destroy their foe...........these mostly being the 'Anpu' creations of Bastet's son and some Elders who are in league with Bastet.
Josh and Sophia must reach the top of the huge golden pyramid and it is there that the prophecy will come to fruition. One twin to destroy the world and one twin to make it. It would be a huge spoiler to say which twin does what so I'll leave it at that.
The book does have some serious flaws though as another reviewer pointed out. It jumps peripatetically from one place to another, leaves you wondering how an Elder can be in two places at one time and generally isn't quite as good as the last books were. The other thing I didn't like was the use of American spelling throughout the book.