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The Cleopatra Curse (The Seven Fabulous Wonders, Book 7) Paperback – 3 Jul 2006
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While the polotics of Ancient Egypt rage on, endangering more than the throne, a young slave boy under the name of Zeuxis must understand the cosequences of his actions.
When one night Zeuxis collects the wrecks of fallen chariots for the crucial Pharos fire (lighthouse) he discovers more than just broken pieces of wood. He finds a powerful curse that threatens to overturn the whole of egypt.
The book really does make you want to keep turning the page. The concepts are easy to understand, yet have a certain element that make them attractive to both adults and teenagers. An easy read, yet one that will make your heart pump throughout the whole thing.
I was fuming at one point, extremely annoyed at a certain character for being such a boy! (i am a young teenage girl, we get this way!) and I was also crying for joy at other points.
This is the first book I have read in the 'Seven Fabulous Wonders' series and I really hope to read the rest. They are currently out of print, which is quite annoying, but I hope they become popular enough to be re-printed.
I have read other books by Katherine Roberts. Mainly the Echorium Sequence (a trilogy of fantasy, adventures books following three generations of magical beings.) which I absolutly fell in love with after the first sentance. I spent years roaming through second-hand book shops trying to find the whole collection. I think this probably tells you that I think Katherine Roberts is a brilliant writer. I have also recently bought a e-book collection of her short stories. I would definatly recommend both.
The reason I give this book four stars instead of five is because it was too short, I just wanted it to keep on going, and that I could see other readers my age not liking it quite as much as I did!
So, in conclusion, I would definatly recommened this book. It's full of adventure, magic, mystery and friendship. The only problem is it's too short! PLEASE WRITE MORE!
Since, its very cheap at the moment (until the end of august 2011) I would get it again if I didn't already have it.
(By a 13 year old!!!)
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Prince Ptolemy is ruthless, menacing and power-hungry. At the start of the novel, he plants his curses in the Hippodrome to sabotage the queen. He soon begins threatening Zeuxis, the slave lighthouse boy who witnesses this act, in an attempt to keep the secret of what he did and to gain control. Next he kidnaps Zeuxis' ally, Ahwere, in his continual pursuit of power. He is finally captured and killed by the very same Ka demon whom he summoned to kill Cleopatra in his efforts to take over the throne.
Zeuxis is a kind, intelligent, hard-working lighthouse boy. His passion for horses and his hope for freedom get him all mixed up in Ptolemy's affairs. When Zeuxis races in the Hippodrome for the Romans (the White team) and an Egyptian sorceress starts giving him spells to use so that he can achieve his dream of being a chariotier, his life takes a turn for the worse. Will he be able to count on the Romans' help to rescue Ahwere? Will he ever be free?
From the races in the Hippodrome, to the riots in the city, to battles between the prince and the Romans, the tension in this book never stops. The characters are believable, with the exception of the demon. As a reader who knows about Egyptian mythology but doesn't believe in it, the Ka demon is hard for me to take seriously. Overall, though, this story is very well-written.
The action-packed narrative describes the tales of Egyptian mythology in an exciting and riveting way. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves mythology and a good read.