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The Copernicus Legacy: The Serpent's Curse

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The Copernicus Legacy: The Serpent's Curse

Five hundred years ago, the great scientist and thinker Nicolaus Copernicus dismantled a machine that made time travel a reality. Realizing the potential for danger and misuse, but also the impossibility of destroying the machine, Copernicus scattered its components and left them in the hands of Guardians, and further hid them through a series of codes and secrets. But now, as these Relics are being revealed, they are desperately sought after by Galina Krause, a mysterious young woman with a hypnotic and deadly charm. Out to foil her plans to rebuild the machine are the members of the Kaplan family, the newest Guardians of the Copernicus Legacy and perhaps the only ones who can save the world from Galina's terrible intentions. THE SERPENT'S CURSE is the second fast-paced and brainy installment of Tony Abbott's The Copernicus Legacy series and it is jam-packed with action, adventure, puzzles and codes.
 
THE SERPENT'S CURSE delivers on the promises of the first book and the series is proving to be exciting and addictive.
 
THE SERPENT'S CURSE picks up right where the first book in the series left off: Wade Kaplan, along with his father Roald, his stepbrother Darrell, cousin Lily and Lily's friend Becca are in the middle of a race to find the various parts of Copernicus's time machine. They are racing against an international group of bad guys called the Teutonic Order of Ancient Prussia, led by 20-year-old Galina. Complicating everything is the fact that Galina and the Order have kidnapped Roald's wife and Darrell's mother, Sara. Though the Kaplans already found a Relic called Vela, their search for the next one, Serpens, is hindered by Sara's kidnapping and by the fact that the Serpens appears to actually be two pieces, not just one. The family will travel from New York to London to Venice and across Russia in search of the Serpens and in search of Sara. Along the way they will receive help from a cryptic Russian, a wealthy and brilliant English father and son, Guardian monks and others. They will be chased and harmed and all the time must work to crack the codes and solve the puzzles that will lead them to the Serpens, and hopefully to Sara, before it is too late. Readers are also privy to Galina’s perspective and begin to get more information on her tragic and terrifying back story.
 
The pace is faster here and the violence bloodier and deadlier than in the first book of the series. Wade, Darrell, Lily and Becca are genius and brave; they decipher difficult clues, battle the Order, uncover the twists of fate and history that led Copernicus to discover and disassemble the machine, and learn of all the Guardians who have struggled to keep the Relics safe. There is also more tension and darkness in this book, but together with the page-turning pace, the incremental reveal of details, the moments of levity and the engaging characters, it all adds up to a fine, fun, and thought-provoking read. There is plenty more ahead in the series as the Kaplans continue the search for the Relics and the fight for the safety of the world. THE SERPENT'S CURSE delivers on the promises of the first book and the series is proving to be exciting and addictive.

Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman on October 24, 2014

The Copernicus Legacy: The Serpent's Curse
(The Copernicus Legacy #2)
by Tony Abbott

  • Publication Date: October 7, 2014
  • Genres: Adventure, Mystery
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
  • ISBN-10: 0062194461
  • ISBN-13: 9780062194466