Book Review: The Eternal Hourglass

Book Review: The Eternal HourglassThe Eternal Hourglass by Erica Kirov
Series: Magickeepers #1
Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwacky on May 1st 2009
Pages: 256

What would you do for an hourglass that stopped time?

Nick Rostov's father is the worst stage magician in Las Vegas. He can barely pull a rabbit out of a hat. So it is a strange morning indeed when Nick wakes up to find himself on the top floor of the Winter Palace Casino with a promise from the greatest magician in the world to teach him magic.

And not just stage magic. Real magic. Nick sets out to learn about his mother's family, the strange Russian clan of magicians that secretly run the Winter Palace. But there is a catch: Nick has the sight, the ability to see into the past. And so it must fall to him, with only his cousin Isabella to help, to pick up the long-buried clues and unravel the mystery of The Eternal Hourglass, the only magic artifact ever created that can actually stop time.

Nick knows all about magic… or at least he thinks he does. So when he discovers that his family tree is filled with real magicians, not just the smoke and mirrors kind, to say he is shocked is probably putting it mildly.

The Eternal Hourglass, the first novel in the Magickeepers series, was a fun read perfectly suited for younger teens. Kirov blends Russian history and mythology together with our world to make a something completely different. I have seen many compare this series with the Harry Potter series, and I can see why. A young boy who learns that he is part of a magical family… Goes on adventures… Learns magic… you know the story. In all honesty, I had to look at this novel in two ways. First, from the view point of a teen. And second, as the adult reader that I am. 

From the vantage point of a teen, this book and its series has the potential to be amazing. It features magic and a teen boy learning how to grow into his own skin. But as an adult reader, the novel did not hold my attention the way that I hoped it would. It was a lot of fun to read and pretty exciting at times. I loved getting to know Nick, Sasha, and her pet tiger. They were great characters. But as an adult, I had a little bit of a harder time connecting with the characters since everything was geared towards younger teens.

So where does that leave me as a reader? I am torn. On one hand, I really liked the novel. On the other, I wish I had been able to connect with it a little more. I am still really excited about this series, and hope that the second novel will pull me in a little more.

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3 responses to “Book Review: The Eternal Hourglass

  1. I just finished the second book in this series and see it more of a tween novel. I was like you and did not totally connect with any of the characters the way I like to. Still I think the younger audience will like the magic and the fairly simple sentence structure.

  2. The Golden Eagle

    It sounds like an interesting book, sort of like The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas, only with a different setting.

  3. Jill of The O.W.L.

    I just got this one and I’m hopeful it’ll be one I’ll be able to hook some of my 7th graders in to. Sounds like it just might be.

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