Magickeepers: The Chalice of Immortality

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Overview

Harry Houdini stole it from his best friend. Shakespeare used it to kill Macbeth. And it's the secret to Rasputin's terrifying existence.

The Chalice of Immortality has been missing for nearly a hundred years. Nick Rostov has only a few days to find it-or his father will die.

What would you do for a goblet with the power to control life and death?

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Overview

Harry Houdini stole it from his best friend. Shakespeare used it to kill Macbeth. And it's the secret to Rasputin's terrifying existence.

The Chalice of Immortality has been missing for nearly a hundred years. Nick Rostov has only a few days to find it-or his father will die.

What would you do for a goblet with the power to control life and death?

Praise for The Eternal Hourglass:
"Though grounded in Russian history...this fantasy earns style points for being set in modern Las Vegas-in a hotel whose residents include polar bears, giant Siberian tigers, and Princess Anastasia herself."
-Kirkus

"Kirov's story feels plenty original, and kids will be charmed by her brand of magic."
- Publishers Weekly

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. It's created almost like a journal filled with stories and scenes about the chalice and the route it takes through history. There is a lot of history in the story that keeps it believable.

"Magical artifacts and historical figures play a wonderful part in these books and Kirov does a superb job weaving fact and fantasy throughout the stories with flashbacks that reveal that people like Shakespeare and Poe just might have had their creativity bolstered by magic... Kirov keeps her story filled with interesting historical figures and a fast paced plot making this a great book for younger readers who are interesting in Harry Potter-type fantasy but not ready for the darker aspects that often come with books of this genre."

Kirkus Reviews
Thirteen-year-old Nick Kirov has a sort of wizard's Bar Mitzvah in this, the third outing in the Magickeepers series. His desperate search for a fabled magical chalice that will save the life of his father, bespelled during an attack by the evil Shadowkeepers, takes the young visionary from the (sadly defunct) Liberace Museum's warehouse in his hometown Las Vegas to Stratford-on-Avon, then to a climactic showdown in a Russian ice cavern with the evil Rasputin. As in past episodes, the parade of historical figures continues in visions and flashbacks, because in its long history the life-giving chalice passed through the hands of such luminaries as Shakespeare, Houdini, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Howard Hughes and Amelia Earhart. Nick's relentlessly entrepreneurial uncle Crazy Sergei puts in occasional appearances for comic relief, as well. By the end, Nick has (seemingly) vanquished Rasputin, saved his father, buried the dangerously intoxicating chalice in a deep hole and, and keeping with an unusually specific Prophecy, been elevated to Prince of the Magickeepers. "You," his uncle Theo informs him, "became a man." After its strong start in The Eternal Hourglass (2009), this series has been treading water, but fans may still be willing to take a dip. (Fantasy. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402215032
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 527,083
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Erica Kirov is an American writer of Russian ancestry (though not from a family of magicians) and grew up hearing stories of their lives there. She currently resides in Virginia with her husband, four children, three dogs, parrot, and her son's snake (she really hates snakes). Visit www.magickeepers.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

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    Amazingly thrilling! I may be thirteen but this book is to die for! The call for adventure leaks through a glass door, so to speak.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    Very thrilling andhas a lot of twists and turns

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