Last week Caramel reviewed Target Practice by Mike Maihack, the first book in the Cleopatra in Space series. Today he reviews the next book: The Thief and the Sword. As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: Caramel, you are back to talk about another Cleopatra in Space book with us!
S: So tell us what happens in this book.
C: I can’r spoil.
S: Sure, but you can give us a couple clues about the general events that happen.
C: Okay. In The Thief and the Sword, Cleopatra is still in PYRAMID, Pharaoh Yasiro’s Research And Military Initiative of Defense. You need to boldface the initials of the words so readers can see that they make up the word PYRAMID.
S: Cool acronym! I like these kinds of acronyms; I remember you reviewed a book with a fun acronym before!
C: Yes, I reviewed N.E.R.D.S. and that too opened up, to mean “National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society”.
S: Well, I did not know the name of the institution Cleo was in before. So is this the special place Cleo is getting trained to save the galaxy?
S: And who is Pharaoh Yasiro?
C: He is the person who saved a lot of the information they have to fight the bad people. And we never see him because I think he is dead, but we hear about Pharaoh Yosira, who is apparently Yasiro’s granddaughter.
S: Hmm, that is kind of complicated.
C: Yes, Yasiro and Yosira sound pretty similar but you get used to it.
S: I am sure I will.
S: So tell me more about the thief and the sword.
C: Cleo recovered the Sword of Kebechet in the first book. And apparently it is a mythical artifact. And the bad people want to get it. They actually do get it because there is a thief named Antony…
S: Hmm, that is a name historically connected to Cleopatra. Anyways who are these bad people?
C: The main bad guy is Xaius Octavian.
S: Wait! Octavian is also a Roman name, like Antony. That is interesting…
C: Yes, hmm, maybe I will need to read up on Egyptian and Roman history. Anyways Octavian leads an army made up of a race called the Xerx. In the animated show these are robots. But in the book they are just a different species of aliens I think.
S: Oh, yes, you ended up watching the show!
C: Yes, I watched a couple episodes. It is a lot of fun. But it is very different from the books. And I like them both. They are both a lot of fun.
S: So I am guessing your first word to describe the book would be “fun”?
C: Yes. And I would say, “colorful” and “lots of action”.
S: Well, that last one is a little bit more than a single word, but okay. I see what you mean. Maybe this is a good place to wrap the review up. Do you think you will be reading the next book?
C: Yes! I’m trying to get my paws on a copy. But till then, maybe we can watch another episode of the TV show?
S: Hmm, we will see. What do you want to tell our readers as we close this up?
C: You know what I am going to say!
S: I think so!
C: I’ll say it anyways. Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!