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*Magickeepers: The Eternal Hourglass* by Erica Kirov, illustrated by Eric Fortune- young readers book review
Magickeepers: The Eternal Hourglass
by Erica Kirov, illustrated by Eric Fortune
Ages 9-12 256 pages Sourcebooks Jabberwocky May 2009 Hardcover    

On his thirteenth birthday, Nick Rostov finds out that he hails from a long line of Russian magicians. First his grandfather gives him an elaborate golden key on a chain that once belonged to his dead mother, then he is magically transported to the Winter Palace Resort and Casino, where he meets his cousin Damian and the rest of his extended family.

Damian is a world-renowned magician whose show is the most preeminent on the Vegas strip, sold out years in advance. Damian is determined that Nick be part of the show. At first Nick resists, until he realizes there is more to the family than a few magic tricks: they are part of a secret order known as the Magickeepers committed to keeping ancient magical relics out of the hands of the Shadowkeepers.

In fact, Nick finds out that the Shadowkeepers were responsible for his motherís death and are now on the prowl for him. What do they want - and does it have anything to do with the key he wears around his neck?

Magickeepers: The Eternal Hourglass is a fantastic story which mixes real history with fictional fun. A DaVinci code for middle grade readers, this story introduces historical figures such as the great Houdini, the evil Rasputin, and the mysterious Anastasia, all of whom are tied in one way or another to the powerfully magic hourglass. Come along as Nick and his cousin Isabella set off on a journey with destiny.

Erica Kirov has written numerous novels for adults under the name Erica Orloff. Her next book in the Magickeeper is due for release in Spring 2010. Until then, it is safe to say that she has conjured up an enchanting series with enough power and charm to initiate even the most reluctant reader - and thatís no illusion.
 
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