Monday, November 4, 2013

The Osiris Curse

The Osiris Curse (Tweed & Nightingale Adventures, 2) by Paul Crilley, October 15, 2013. 290 pages. Published by PYR Books. Source: Publisher.
When Nikola Tesla is murdered and blueprints for his super weapons are stolen, Tweed and Nightingale are drawn into a global cat and mouse chase with his killers. What's more, it seems that the people who shot Nikola Tesla are the same people responsible for Octavia's mother's disappearance. As the two cases intertwine, Tweed and Nightingale's investigations lead them to a murdered archeologist and a secret society called The Hermetic Order of Set. Fleeing the cult's wrath, they go undercover on the luxury airship, The Albion, setting out on her maiden voyage to Tutankhamen's View, a five star hotel built in the hollowed-out and refurbished Great Pyramid of Giza.
     In Egypt, the duo begin to unravel the terrible truth behind Tesla's death, a secret so earth-shattering that if revealed it would mean rewriting the entire history of the world. But if the cult's plans aren't stopped, Britain may lose the future.
First Sentence:
Death stalks the streets of London.
Last year, one of my favorite young adult reads was The Lazarus Machine by Paul Crilley. Because I loved reading about Tweed and Nightingale and their adventures as they tried to rescue their missing parents. So, when The Osiris Curse showed up at my house I could not wait to see what would happen and if maybe a certain ship would sail (I don't usually ship characters).

Paul Crilley's writing is definitely one of the things I enjoyed most about The Osiris Curse. What really made his writing so good in this book would have to be the way he took the characters and story line in a new direction. I really enjoyed seeing a different side to Tweed and even Octavia. It definitely makes for some interesting reading when a series is able to shift directions, yet still maintain the core of what made previous volume(s) so good, so, I was pretty excited with what Mr. Crilley did.

The Osiris Curse was a thrilling, fast paced, emotional roller-coaster ride as the characters faced separation, reunions, and the terrors of near death. In short, it was my kind of read. The only thing that was a little odd in the book would have to be those who took Octavia's mother. I'll have to leave it to you to find out why I found them to be odd, especially in context with the book setting. But on a whole, once you got by the oddness of their...origin...it was interesting because it worked well with the world the author had created.

While I really enjoyed pretty much the entire book, their is one point that really sealed the deal for me on The Osiris Curse. So, the one thing that definitely made this book interesting would have to be the change in Tweed. Seriously, I loved seeing the more uncontrolled, emotional side of him because it forced his character to see things and act differently. Character-wise, it was a nice evolution for him and brought more depth to Tweed's overall story.

The only downfall to the second installment in Paul Crilley's Tweed and Nighingale Adventures would have to be that sometimes Tween and Octavia could be a little annoying. Don't get me wrong, I love the two characters and watching the way they interact with one another, but it can get a teensy bit annoying to see them deny what everyone can see.

Final Verdict: The Osiris Curse- a thrilling addition to Paul Crilley's Tweed and Nightingale series. The writing and characters are definitely what makes this book, and series, such a fantastic read.

The Osiris Curse earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.

I received The Osiris Curse from the publisher for an honest review.

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