Scholastic Inc. (January 27, 2015) 208 pages
From the team that brought you The 39 Clues and Spirit Animals comes a brand new epic Egyptian adventure!
Nothing can save Alex Sennefer's life. That's what all the doctors say, but his mother knows it's not true. She knows that the Lost Spells of the Egyptian Book of the Dead can crack open a door to the afterlife and pull her son back from the brink. But when she uses the spells, five evil ancients--the Death Walkers--are also brought back to life.
An ancient evil has been unleashed. Mummies are awakening. New York is overrun with scorpions. And worst of all for Alex, his mom and the Lost Spells have both disappeared. He and his best friend, Ren, will do anything to find his mom and save the world . . . even if that means going head-to-head with a Death Walker who has been plotting his revenge for 3,000 years.
Read the book, then continue the adventure online! Build an Egyptian tomb of your own, hide treasure and protect it with traps, then challenge your friends to play through!
My Rating: 3/5 stars
TombQuest is the first book in a series, and while it does have an ending, there's still a cliffhanger. You know without a doubt that there is more coming, and there are loose strings left untied.
Alex suffers with horrible pain. He doesn't know why, though he's been through so many tests, he hates the thought of going back to the hospital. He's dying, and no one knows how to help him. His mom has a secret that could save his life, but all good things come with a price.
I enjoyed the Egyptian theme within this story. Alex's mom works at a museum and it was fun to learn a bit of history. It's definitely fantasy, with moments of action and suspense. It's a book that I can easily recommend for younger middle grade readers. It has plenty of corny moments, but it's a fun and quick read. I read a great deal, so I don't feel guilty saying that I think I would enjoy it more as a movie, though.
*I was provided an ARC, in exchange for my honest opinion.
**I recommend reading the review for this book at This Kid Reviews Books, too. He goes more into detail concerning the game portion of the book, which I didn't explore.
TombQuest Book 1: Book of the Dead