C. J. Henderson
Tor, 2010 (2010)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
. J. Henderson's
doesn't take itself too seriously and neither should its readers. When beautiful young Bridget Elkins of Wolfbend, Montana takes a job as a summer intern at the Brooklyn Museum, working for one of its directors, Professor Piers Knight, she doesn't have a clue what she's in for, or that she will help save the world from annihilation by an evil force from another dimension.
t all begins in Memak'tori, where world civilization briefly flowered before its inhabitants all mysteriously disappeared and the city was believed to be cursed. Fast forward to the present day, when the Syrian site is being excavated by an Egyptian archeologist, Doctor Ashur Ungari, who calls his friend Piers Knight to share the thrill of discovery and announce his intention of flying to New York.
hat same day, Bridget arrived in New York. Piers introduces her to the city before taking her to dinner and (after Ungari's call) on to the museum to dig out the
, key to the translation of the language of the Memak'tori inhabitants. There they come upon thieves carrying the artifact and armed with both conventional weapons and magic.
hough Piers stops them, using a few tricks of his own, the stone is later annihilated (along with the police station where it was taken and a very brave officer) by a fire elemental. Soon Piers is being interviewed by both police and FBI. Ungari shows up, with a Syrian terrorist by his side, and Piers and Bridget begin to understand how much is at stake.
he world is saved - with the help of a ghost and of a determined and open minded Major General - though in the process Piers is forced to reveal more than he would have liked to a police officer, an FBI agent, and to Bridget. Though its dialogue tends to be corny, the plot of
meets the back cover's promise of an
style adventure that will satisfy those searching for a fast subway read.
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