In a continuation of the story begun in The Talisman of Elam, Jason Hunter and his friends are abducted from their school grounds, in full view of everyone, and transported to a frozen planet. The Réian councilor meets them in secret to tell Jason that the talisman of Thoth has been discovered, and that Oruq, the Thothian leader, is on his way to claim it. To avert a war that will destroy the Earth, Jason and Amelia must steal the talisman first. To do so, they are transported by an itinerant trader to the Utharani sector, an area of the galaxy normally off-limits—and deadly—to humans.
There they meet the Collector, an eccentric Utharani who is obsessed with Hathorian artifacts and is therefore willing to tolerate the presence of a human. She guides Jason to the talisman, but he is too late. His failure to beat Oruq produces a cascade of events that places him, Amelia, and Kevin in ever greater danger. With nowhere else to go, they transport to Thoth itself, where the Elamen agent Shalan is attempting to rescue her partner. Jason and Amelia manage to steal the talisman right from under Oruq’s hooked nose, but at a terrible cost.
Instead of preventing the war, however, the theft makes matters worse. The only course of action left is to find and steal the third and last talisman and thereby form the fabled Hand of Osiris. The quest to do this takes them through the center of the galaxy, a place they only narrowly escape, and finally back to the ghost planet Grogon. It is there that they face the greatest danger, and it is there that Jason must make a decision that will affect every humanoid race in the galaxy.
About the Author
I’ve rescued wild dolphins, trained seals and sea lions, scuba-dived in the gloom under 15 feet of ice, done stand-up comedy, directed plays, spent winters in Antarctica, traveled the world, and cheated death more than once. I speak a little French, un poco Spanish, a bit of German, and a few words of Japanese and Navajo. I’ve been a biologist, professional dancer, laboratory manager, college professor, drummer in a band, professional diver, research assistant, photographer, surfer, and water skier. And, of course, a writer. This is the short form. For more, see www.JimMastro.com/Bio My writing (and reading) interests are eclectic. I find almost everything interesting, but I am particularly drawn to science fiction. The only limit to science fiction is imagination, which means there is no limit at all to what is possible.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the second book in the Children of Hathor series, but it's been long enough since I read the first one that I can safely say that it's not absolutely essential to read that one to enjoy this one. All you really need to know is that American middle-schooler Jason and his friends Amelia and Kevin were abducted by aliens, and Jason became the holder of a powerful talisman. In this book they are once again spirited away into the realm of galactic politics and long-lost talismans, but as the situation worsens and the galaxy plunges toward war, Jason starts to doubt his so-called allies. Is he being told the truth? Whose side is right? It's a grand sci-fi adventure, full of memorable aliens and fast-paced action. I look forward to seeing how Jason's story pans out.
This is the second book in the "Children of Hathor" series. It is a very good young adult/science fiction book and a worthy successor to "The Talisman of Elam." Mastro does an excellent job capturing the behavior and attitudes of 12 and 13 year old kids right on the edge of becoming adults. The action is quick and exciting and far from predictable. The characters are well-developed with multidimensional personalities -- none are simple and often reveal inner complexities that then get further treatment as the novel develops. As in the first book, this one contains an incredibly wonderful guardian-like creature, the Collector, that is wonderful to behold. Were this series ever made into movies, I wonder how The Collector would be portrayed -- it would be pretty neat I suspect. The Hand of Osiris was quite good and leaves me looking forward for the final installment.