The Last Magician meets A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue in this thrilling tale filled with magic and set in the mysterious Carpathian Mountains where a girl must hunt down Vlad the Impaler’s cursed ring in order to save her father. Some legends never die… Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul. Until Huck arrives from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him. Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler himself is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths—including murder—to possess it.
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She has just been arrested in Turkey and then abandoned by the woman who was supposed to be staying with her when her former romantic interest shows up. Her father has encountered some problems and has sent Huck to stay with her and protect her, taking her to a secret-ish location where they can meet. However, her father has found himself embroiled in an even bigger plot.
As Theo traces down his steps and the clues, her life is constantly in danger. With Huck by her side, they face many twists and turns in their search that lead them to the absolutely fantastic end.
What I loved: If you love THE MUMMY movies like me, this book has instant appeal- humor, artifacts, fantasy/magic-style danger, and a great romance all in one. I was positively gripped from the start all the way to the absolutely fantastic conclusion. There are a lot of twists and turns that I did not see coming, but I adored following along with the mystery/intrigue of it all. The plot is perfectly built (no plot holes here), and the world building is fantastic. The clues add up in a very well-timed fashion to keep the pace moving perfectly and maintain reader interest. The mystery certainly carries the plot, but the romance was not secondary- it was really well done, and I absolutely adored the main couple.
Final verdict: Highly recommend to anyone looking for a fantasy/adventure with a wonderful side of romance in YA fiction. Fans of THE MUMMY will be especially pleased with this new, highly addictive heroine and series. This was an absolutely delicious read from start to plot twists to finish.