The Cobra King of Kathmandu (Children of the Lamp Series #3)

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From the New York Times bestselling author P. B. Kerr, comes the third volume in this exceptional, imaginative adventure series about a twin boy and girl who discover they are djinns.

In the third book of the bestselling Children of the Lamp series, djinn twins, John and Philippa Gaunt, are on the trail of another magical mystery. As they travel from New York to London to Nepal and India on a whirlwind adventure, the twins try to help their friend and fellow djinn, Buck, find ...

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Overview


From the New York Times bestselling author P. B. Kerr, comes the third volume in this exceptional, imaginative adventure series about a twin boy and girl who discover they are djinns.

In the third book of the bestselling Children of the Lamp series, djinn twins, John and Philippa Gaunt, are on the trail of another magical mystery. As they travel from New York to London to Nepal and India on a whirlwind adventure, the twins try to help their friend and fellow djinn, Buck, find out who murdered his friend using the venomous snakebite of the king cobra. All too soon, John and Philippa find themselves caught up in the lethal world of the Cult of the Nine Cobras, only to discover that they themselves are a target of the creepy cobra cult.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Keri Collins
The third installment in P.B. Kerr's "Children of the Lamp" series follows djinn twins Philippa and John Gaunt across the globe in their attempt to solve the mystery of the Cult of the Nine Cobras. Thieves searching for the twins' wisdom teeth leave behind a medallion inscribed with a snake. Fellow-djinn Dybukk's best friend is murdered—killed by venom. And Uncle Nimrod and his friend Mr. Rakshasas disappear without a trace. From New York to London to Nepal to India, Philippa, John, and Dybukk encounter numerous adventures as they piece together the story behind a valuable picture, a legendary guru, and a priceless talisman. It takes all of their developing djinn powers and a little help from some friends to overcome the evil plot of a man who will stop at nothing to attain djinn power. The ending creates an excellent segue to book four, and fans of the series will be pleased with the overall development of major plots and subplots. A helpful author's note and occasional explanations within the text help readers new to the series or new to the fantasy genre understand the nature of the djinn as well as the events in previous books, allowing this novel to stand on its own. Creative use of language, likeable characters, and exotic locations will leave readers wishing for more.
VOYA - Catherine Gilmore-Clough
Djinn twins John and Philippa Gaunt return in the third installment of Kerr's Children of the Lamp series. When their sometime-friend Dybbuk e-mails them asking for help, the twins feel that they must go-despite the fact that mysterious individuals seem to be pursuing them. Traveling across several continents in an effort to find their Uncle Nimrod, the youngsters discover that he, too, is being pursued by the mysterious Cult of the Nine Cobras. Unaided, the three young djinns will have to marshal all their wits-and their wish-granting powers-to escape with their lives. Kerr gets some things just right. His djinn world continues to develop in fascinating and creative ways. Some puns are amusing, such as "djinnternal mail," wherein one djinn swallows an object and sends it to another who coughs it up. Intermittent gross-out humor will amuse many. Also the complex welter of plot threads is satisfyingly gathered and tied together at the end. But the story suffers from excess: too many scenes whose only purpose is a punch line, too many perilous situations detracting from the climax, and too many secrets revealed but not resolved. This overkill blunts the impact of the work as a whole. Passionate fans of the series will probably overlook the lack of forward momentum and may excuse the predictability of some of the twists, but other readers are unlikely to find a story that vies with all the other great fantasy series available.
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8

Djinnternal Mail, a Green Dervish, and an Uncouth Guru are just a few highlights of P.B. Kerr's fantasy adventure (Orchard Books, 2007), the third title in the series. When Dybbuck doesn't show up for a birthday party, 12-year-old djinn twins John and Phillpa suspect foul play. They track him down to discover a murder with clues of a talisman, a photograph, and Colonel Killiecrankie's journal, taking them to London, Nepal, and India. Reunited with Uncle Nimrod, Mr. Rakshasas, and Groanin, they are a tour de force against the Nine Cobra Cult's diabolical plan to harness djinn power for profit. This comical, incredulous, and derisive installment is heavily assisted by Ron Keith's narration and adept caricatures. Confounding interdisciplinary subplots using dentistry, microbiology, and cryptology are occasionally clever but will mostly puzzle listeners-especially when conjured symbols can only be heard and not viewed. To compare the purity of South East Indians to chick pea curries and making the villain a revolting, sniveling, giggling guru seems culturally insensitive. Guru Masamjhasara's existence is like a joke with a long punch-line executed by his spontaneous combustion from aerobic bacteria. The list of one-dimensional villains grows as Iblis and his minion re-enter the picture to be eaten by magical tigers. Up to this point, the series has been full of incisive humor and clever metaphors. This title is disappointing, even with Keith's stellar performance.-Ann Crewdson, Issaquah Library-KCLS, WA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602524590
  • Publisher: Findaway World Llc
  • Publication date: 1/15/2008
  • Series: Children of the Lamp Series , #3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


P. B. Kerr was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he developed a lifelong love of reading. Although the Children of the Lamp books are P. B. Kerr's first for children, he's well known as the thriller writer Philip Kerr, author of the Berlin Noir series, including, most recently, A QUIET FLAME; IF THE DEAD RISE NOT; A PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATION; GRIDIRON; THE SHOT; and many other acclaimed novels. Mr. Kerr lives in London with his family.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2007

    I was disappointed.

    After the first two books, I thought this was would be pretty great. But actually, it was kinda of boring and I HATE Dybuck. I think he a a stupid stuck-up little rich kid. So knowing that he is now a main character, it draws me away from the books even more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book was just as i expected. I knew it was either going to be just as good or better than the first two, and I was right. I have to admit, the fake computer-assistance yoga thing threw me off a little. But then again i've noticed that P. B. Kerr does have a little bit of his... own style. Anyway, this book was awesome, but make sure you read the first two before even attampting this one or else you'll be completely thrown off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2007

    Like the last two

    Like the last two books, this one was just as great! I'll write no more!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2007

    I wanna read this book!

    I read all the other books and I've been waiting for this book for a year and my parents wont let me get it. This book looks really,really,really,outstanding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2007

    havent read

    i havent read it yet but the first 2 of the books are awsome so i hope the 3rd is too my rate is not exact cause i havent read the book but i've heard it is awsome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2007

    I'm sorry but.........

    I'm afraid this book did NOT live up to my expectations. The ending was one of the most dissapointing that I have ever read. I am ssooooooooooo glad I didn't buy it. The first two were much better much much much better. Sure the overall middle was okay but it just went on and on and on. And then It ends with a totally bad conclusion. Maybe if this was a series and another book was coming out it would be okay but it is a Trilogy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2007

    CANT WAIT!!!!!!!!

    I loved the first two and think that fantasy lovers will love this too. I read the exerpt in the 2nd book and am hooked. I cant wait till i buy this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2007

    Better than the First TWO!!!

    The action was indeed non-stop and the story was very good. It kept me on the edge of my seat the Whole Time! Note to the Author: I appreciated the subtraction of all the smoking. It wasn't there like it was in the first two. Kids don't need to think smoking's 'Cool' (it isn't).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2007

    So cool

    This is so cool I have been waiting for this book to come out for what seems like a lifetime it um so AWSOME that its coming out so soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2007

    Can't wait!

    I haven't read this book (YET) but the other two books so far are great, awesome, wonderful, however you want to say it. I want to read this book a lot.

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