Book Review: Magickeepers: The Pyramid of Souls by Erica Kirov

A year or so ago, I got the opportunity to review The Eternal Hourglass, the first book in Erica Kirov’s Magickeepers series. I thoroughly enjoyed the book — so much so that when I found out that the second book was coming out, I actually emailed the press contact to see if there would be a blog tour for it as well. I don’t do that, as a general rule — I end up feeling like a freeloader who doesn’t like to actually buy books. I’m not sure if my email actually got to the right person, because I never actually heard back. But a month or so later, the announcement came for review copies, and you can bet I got back in touch with them as soon as I could.

I’m glad I did. The Pyramid of Souls is an outstanding book that kids of all ages will love, and is a worthy sequel to The Eternal Hourglass.

There’s a magic convention coming to Las Vegas, and the Winter Palace Hotel and Casino is hosting it. This isn’t a normal convention of illusionists, though; this is a convention of Magickeepers — people who have, throughout the centuries, been entrusted with magical abilities and who use those abilities to safeguard the rest of us. There will of course be a magic competition, with bragging rights on the line for the family with the best show. That means lots of practice for Nick Rostov and his cousin Isabella. But when Nick starts seeing black birds and ominous figures, he knows that the Shadowkeepers have arrived as well, and they are up to something big. Then the Pyramid of Souls disappears, and only Nick can save the day. Because the Pyramid of Souls is so powerful that it can actually steal a person’s soul ….

Anyone who enjoyed the first book will love this one. I appreciated the fact that Nick seems to be adjusting to his new life at the Winter Palace; we see him much more comfortable with his family than he was in the first book (even though he still doesn’t like the food). He’s also much more comfortable with his magic in this book, though he hasn’t quite mastered it yet. Too often in young adult books characterization is given a back seat to plot; that doesn’t happen in The Pyramid of Souls.

This is a book that you’ll read in one sitting. The plot moves, and moves quickly. The only real problem I had was that the resolution seemed far too similar to the first book, with the one-on-one confrontation between Nick and Rasputin. I’m hoping that doesn’t turn into a formula with these books. I enjoy Kirov’s writing, so I don’t think it will happen, but two books in it is something that I’m going to be watching for in future volumes.

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