Book Review: The Pyramid of Souls

Book Review: The Pyramid of SoulsThe Pyramid of Souls by Erica Kirov
Series: Magickeepers #2
Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwacky on May 1st 2010
Pages: 272

Warning: May contain spoilers from previous novel. Read at your own risk.

It was stolen from Alexander the Great. To keep it safe, Edgar Allen Poe bargained away his sanity. And somebody suckered P. T. Barnum to get their hands on it. It's the most closely guarded secret in the magician community. And it's missing.

What would you do to protect your family from an ancient pyramid capable of stealing your very soul?

Nick Rostov finally has the life he's always dreamed-and he'll do anything to protect it.

Nick has only now discovered he is part of an extended Russian family of magicians: the Magickeepers. He lives with his eccentric new relatives at the Winter Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where they perform daring feats of magic to a packed house. Real magic.

But Nick and his family face a new danger in the form of a stolen relic, the Pyramid of Souls. The tiny pyramid has traded hands many times throughout history. Its power can steal a magician's very soul.

Nick knows who took it: Rasputin, leader of the Shadowkeepers. Using his unique ability as a Gazer-one who can see into the past-Nick enlists his cousin Isabella to help him find it. Soon, the two are hot on the evil sorcerer's trail...until Isabella's soul is trapped by the very relic they're trying to find.

Nick will do anything to rescue Isabella and recover the Pyramid of Souls. But will it be enough to save his family?

After reading the first novel in the series, I was excited and hesitant to begin the second. I went into the novel hoping that this time I would be able to have a better connection with the novel and its characters. And I am happy to say that I did connect more with The Pyramid of Souls than I had expected.

Nick is struggling. You name it and he is probably having a hard time with it. He cannot get his magic just right, he thinks he is disappointing his cousin, the magnificent Damien, and he is a little bit envious that his other cousin Isabella is tad bit better in the magical department. What is a boy to do?

Kirov, like most writers, interweaves portions of the first novel into the second novels tale. At first, I was a little put off by this since I has just read the first novel. But for those who have not read the first novel in a while, it is a wonderful refresher. Plus, I really enjoyed how Kirov interwove the details. It flows nicely within the new plot developments and does not weigh the reader down. It is just enough without being too much.

The Pyramid of Souls was a wonderful addition to the series. I got to know a lot more about Nick's world and had a really fun time doing so. The characters were a lot more complex and fleshed out this time around. So I felt like I got to know them better, which helps me care about them and their adventures. From the ending of the novel, I can tell that readers have not yet seen the last of Nick or the Shadowkeepers, so I will be keeping a look out for the next novel. If you like novels with Russian lore or just those involving magic, then this is a series you should definitely check out.

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