An exciting desert adventure, where Natasha and her brother, are kidnapped with two Italian teens, for a priceless Mesopotamian artifact unearthed by their archaeologist parents from an ancient Warrior-Queen’s tomb.Natasha and Alex imagined their long awaited trip from London to visit their archaeologist mother’s excavation would be amazing. After all, the team was uncovering the tomb of an ancient Mesopotamian Warrior Queen and her fascinating, precious possessions. But almost immediately upon their arrival in Medinabad, they are ambushed at gunpoint en-route to the camp, and the shaken children doubt things could get any worse.But they are wrong.Reluctantly thrown together with two Italian teens visiting their father at the dig, the four embark on a thrilling desert adventure that will tie them together… in more ways than one.
It had a great start, and the author, Caroline Ludovici’s writing style was definitely more show than tell, which is always a plus. To often than not we have these types of stories listing and info dumping, this is the last thing a YA reader wants. They want quick paced, easily digested info, characters they can invest in and a story that makes them want to not put the book down. Especially for YA readers who want to have an adventurous story with history and archaeology. It was a mixing bull full of just the right ingredients!
My one criticism is how the book slows up and Natasha begins to grate on my nerves. Perhaps a YA reader will see another peer struggling through her trials, but as an adult it was annoying at times. I am glad I didn’t skim, because it became important later in the story. So don’t skim, and be prepared for it to almost stall out, but it will get over that hill and speed up on the top of the hill and you will want to be able to hit the breaks because it ends to quickly.
Speaking of Savory….
- 250g plain flour
- 200ml milk
- 50 ml water
- 200g vegetables (mixture of carrots, onions, olives [your choice on kind], sweet corn, red or green pepper – all chopped fine)
- 100g cheese
- 2 large eggs (3 medium)
- 3 slices of bacon, fried and chopped
- Finely chop the vegetables (grate the carrot) and mix into a bowl with the flour.
- In another bowl mix the milk and eggs.
- Mix both wet and dry ingredients until no residue of flour left. Add water if needs be.
- Mix in the cheese and bacon
- Bake at 180c/ 350f for 20 mins keeping an eye out after 10.
- Leave to cool on a rack
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Caroline Ludovici was born and raised in central London, and from a very early age, she developed a hunger for adventure and hot, desolate places. She loves to learn about different customs, peoples, and to go off the beaten track wherever she can. She has been lucky enough to have traveled extensively throughout the world, spending considerable time in many countries of diverse and interesting cultures, soaking in the history. Caroline has also lived in Sweden and spent a year in New Zealand and Australia, taking six months to get there and back.
However, her dream is to spend a few months following the ancient trade routes, from China across to the Mediterranean Sea. Caroline especially loves the Middle East, and as well as exploring Tunisia, Egypt, and Iran, where her parents lived for a couple of years when she was in her late teens and early twenties, she spent ten days in the Jordanian desert, following the footsteps of T.E. Lawrence. Her passion is archaeology, and wherever she goes in the world, as well as visiting ancient sites, Caroline absorbs herself in the local customs and history, avoiding the hordes of tourists where ever she can.
The Obsidian Mask is Caroline’s first book. The sequels, Secrets of The River, and The Irish Queen of Algiers, also reflect her love for travel and history, as well as giving her readers a fun and exciting adventure to enjoy. It has given her much pleasure writing these books, and she hopes you enjoy reading them as much as she has enjoyed writing them!
Caroline has also written some short stories for pre-teen readers, and a collection of short stories for women in a series called, Coming of Age. When she is not writing she is either playing tennis or volunteering her time running a store/art gallery that dedicates itself to local artists?
She is married and has two children, and she spends a lot of time on airplanes hopping back and forth from England to America, which is where she currently calls home.