Tombquest: Book of the Dead by Michael Northrop
Nothing can save Alex Sennefer’s life. That’s what all the doctors say, but his mother knows it’s not true. She knows that the Lost Spells of the Egyptian Book of the Dead can crack open a door to the afterlife and pull her son back from the brink. But when she uses the spells, five evil ancients–the Death Walkers–are also brought back to life.
An ancient evil has been unleashed. Mummies are awakening. New York is overrun with scorpions. And worst of all for Alex, his mom and the Lost Spells have both disappeared. He and his best friend, Ren, will do anything to find his mom and save the world . . . even if that means going head-to-head with a Death Walker who has been plotting his revenge for 3,000 years.
Alex is dying, always extremely weak and in pain. But his mother has a plan to save him – one that releases an evil on Earth. And when his mother suddenly disappears, Alex and his friend are the best duo to hunt for clues and find the culprit.
Book of the Dead is the first in a new children’s series. There is also an online game that kids can play to accompany the story. This first installment is a fast-paced, quick read that (young and not-so-young) fans of ancient Egypt will enjoy. It mixes ancient mythology with thrilling modern day villains in an exciting, non-stop adventure. I look forward to the next in this engaging series.