Books by Erica Kirov

Released: May 1, 2011

Thirteen-year-old Nick Kirov has a sort of wizard's Bar Mitzvah in this, the third outing in the Magickeepers series. His desperate search for a fabled magical chalice that will save the life of his father, bespelled during an attack by the evil Shadowkeepers, takes the young visionary from the (sadly defunct) Liberace Museum's warehouse in his hometown Las Vegas to Stratford-on-Avon, then to a climactic showdown in a Russian ice cavern with the evil Rasputin. As in past episodes, the parade of historical figures continues in visions and flashbacks, because in its long history the life-giving chalice passed through the hands of such luminaries as Shakespeare, Houdini, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Howard Hughes and Amelia Earhart. Nick's relentlessly entrepreneurial uncle Crazy Sergei puts in occasional appearances for comic relief, as well. By the end, Nick has (seemingly) vanquished Rasputin, saved his father, buried the dangerously intoxicating chalice in a deep hole and, and keeping with an unusually specific Prophecy, been elevated to Prince of the Magickeepers. "You," his uncle Theo informs him, "became a man." After its strong start in The Eternal Hourglass (2009), this series has been treading water, but fans may still be willing to take a dip. (Fantasy. 11-13)Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2010

In a rushed and sketchy sequel to The Eternal Hourglass (2009), newly fledged Seer Nick Rostov again takes on the evil Shadowkeepers and their leader Rasputin—this time to rescue his cousin and best friend, Isabella, and other captive magicians. Largely focusing on filling out the cast and back story, Kirov uses most of the tale to trot out new characters and MacGuffins—Rasputin's daughter, a several-thousand-year-old elephant, Isaac Newton (to invent a fourth "law of motion" for magic that is subsequently ignored), a key hanging around Nick's neck that was originally given to Edgar Allen Poe, a golden mini-pyramid that is designed to be a repository for souls but can also be used in some unknown way as a trap—then trot them offstage again before they can act or be seen in action. It all builds up to a brief and unsuspenseful climax. Despite another round of solid comic relief from a wheeler-dealer magician named "Crazy Sergei," this outing will likely disappoint readers of the more robust opener. (Fantasy. 11-13) Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2009

Though grounded in Russian history and stocked with the customary swords, magical artifacts, a prophecy and shadowy foes, this fantasy earns style points for being set in modern Las Vegas—in a hotel whose residents include polar bears, giant Siberian tigers and Princess Anastasia herself. To this hotel comes 13-year-old Nick Rostov, discovering to his amazement that his dad may be just a second-rate stage magician, but the horde of cousins on his dead mother's side are real ones, hiding in plain sight as performers in a world-renowned show that uses actual magic. Nick turns out to be a powerful spellcaster—good thing too, as the Magickeepers are locked in a struggle for power with a clan of Shadowkeepers lead by none other than the cruel, scary Rasputin. Female characters seem bland next to the colorful, distinctive males, but everyone has active roles to play, and Kirov gets Nick through the climactic confrontation on quick wits as much as magical talent. A pleaser for fans of Michael Scott's Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. (Fantasy. 11-13) Read full book review >