In the wake of the Twilight craze, we've all seen far too many vampire and werewolf stories flooding the market. Not that I have anything against Dracula or the Wolf Man, but I always had a soft spot for the Mummy. Maybe there's not enough room for edgy romantic triangles in archaeology and Egyptology but it seems to me to offer plenty of fertile ground for fun stories. That's where Theodosia Throckmorton is a bit of fresh air - even if it does come from long buried crypts and the basements of British museums!
Theodosia (Theo) is not your average eleven year-old girl. Her parents are prominent archaeologists at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in Edwardian London, and she spends most of her time helping on expeditions and working in the museum. Grandmother Throckmorton disapproves of this upbringing and is determined to find a suitable governess. Oh, did I mention that Theo is constantly having to protect those around her from ancient Egyptian curses as well as preserving England and the rest of the world from the Serpents of Chaos, a shadowy group intent upon... well, chaos?
In Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus, she attends a show for an Egyptian magician named Awi Bubu, and it appears that he is more authentic than she expected. Soon after, she and her brother discover an emerald tablet hidden inside another artifact at the museum, and before long the Serpents of Chaos, the Arcane Order of the Black Sun, and even Awi Bubu himself are after it. The only group who isn't interested is the Brotherhood of Chosen Keepers - the very one who ought to be taking a most careful notice.