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Monday, October 15, 2012

The Curse of King Ramesses II by Victoria Roder

The Curse of King Ramesses II by Victoria Roder
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (57 pages)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

One fateful night, Mia and her best friend Jody stow away in the Bradford Museum to investigate the mysterious mummy exhibit from the Cairo Museum. Rumors of the Curse of King Ramesses II have surfaced. It's believed that due to the king's tyranny the Egyptian people vowed to rise up against him. In revenge, Ramesses II vowed he would never rest until all of the perpetrators against him and their ancestors were brought to justice.

Now, spend the night in the dark, deserted museum. Experience the roar of the dinosaurs, the cold blast of the arctic, and always run past the wall of skulls. Be prepared for a night of heart-racing action as the girls dare to solve the ancient Egyptian curse of King Ramesses II. Will Mia and Jody survive the investigation or will the mummified king's revenge be fulfilled?

There’s something a little creepy about displaying mummies in museums. How can the dead find rest under fluorescent lights and the curious stares of the living? Mia is just as uneasy around mummies as am I and she’s sure something funny is happening on the third floor of the museum where her mother works.

Thirteen is a tough age. It’s too old to get away with acting like a child but is not quite old enough to blend seamlessly into the world of adults. One often desperately wants to grow up but does not yet have the life experience or wisdom to understand things the way you will in a few short years. Jody and Mia were written so realistically that I experienced a flood of memories from that time in my life.

The mystery of what is actually happening with King Ramsesses II’s mummy and personal possessions drew this reader even deeper into the plot. Every chapter introduced new clues and I found myself quickly discarding old theories and adopting new ones. The ending turned out not to be much of a surprise for me but it was well-written for the age group for which this story is intended.

I would have preferred to see a more detailed explanation of how Mia and Jody evaded the security system in the museum overnight. It seems unlikely that two teenagers with no special training could pull something like this off. Wouldn’t most modern security systems be equipped to automatically notify the proper authorities when unexpected movements or sounds are recorded?

Have you ever wondered what happens after hours at your favorite institution? The Curse of King Ramsessses II is a playful romp through the Bradford Museum and is the perfect book for anyone wanting a peek at what might be going on behind those velvet ropes.


Unknown said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to review The Curse of King Ramesses II and for your kind words!

billiemccoy said...

Well done, Vicki.

Astilbe said...

You are very welcome, Victoria. I hope to read more of your stories in the future!