Monday, December 26, 2011

Michael Belmont and The Tomb of Anubis

Title:  Michael Belmont and the Tomb of Anubis
Author:  Ethan Russell Erway
Publication Information:  Smashwords edition for Kindle. 2011. 320 pages

Book Source:  I received this book through the LibraryThing Member Giveaway program free of cost in exchange for an honest review. The book was delivered through Smashwords.

Favorite Quote:  "Walk through the chambers and halls, and imagine for a moment what stories this dwelling could tell, if only it could speak, if only we could hear it. Imagine what secrets must be hidden within these walls, for those who are wise enough to unravel them."

Michael Belmont and the Tomb of Anubis is the beginning of a series for children. Michael Belmont is a twelve year old boy. His parents are anthropologists and archaeologists who travel around the world working on projects. Michael and his sister Abigail sometimes accompany them and sometimes stay with relatives in different parts of the world.

This story has so many elements. It travels between Scotland, America, and Egypt. It unravels a mystery and conflict that crosses centuries. It has monsters, ghosts, werewolves, shape shifters, myths, and legends. Kidnappings and disappearances happen. Adult relationships such as recovering from a loss of a spouse and old loves are discussed. The ending is a clear lead-in to a sequel.

With so many elements, the story felt scattered and difficult to follow. The book is a long one. Towards the end, the different threads of the story do start to come together.  However, it is a long process to get there. It will be interesting to see if the follow-up books can develop the central theme.

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