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Four kids. One hotel room. And a briefcase full of mysteries.
Rome, December 29.
A mix-up with their reservations forces Harvey from New York, Mistral from Paris, and Sheng from Shanghai to share a room with the holet owner’s daughter, Elettra. Soon the four kids discover an amazing coincidence – they all have birthdays on February 29, Leap Day. That night, a strange man gives them a briefcase and asks them to take care of it until he returns. Soon afterward, the man is murdered.
The kids open the briefcase. In it they find a series of clues that takes them all over Rome, through dusty libraries and dark catacombs, in search of the elusive Ring of Fire, an ancient object so powerful that legend says even a Roman emperor couldn’t control it.
In the first book the the Century quartet, Italian author Pierdomenico Baccalario begins a mystery that will take four cities and four extraordinary kids to solve.
My Rating: 3 out of 5
How I got it: Bought
Overall, I liked this one. It didn’t necessarily wow me, but it kept me interested enough to finish reading. While there are fantastical elements throughout the book, they weren’t numerous enough for me to call this a fantasy à la Harry Potter. First and foremost, it’s a mystery, and a decent one at that. Only once or twice did I figure out how the twist would turn out before it happened, but it wasn’t catastrophic enough to hinder my enjoyment. While I did indeed enjoy the book, it’s not going to have a place on my bookshelf. If space wasn’t an issue I would probably keep this on my shelf, but since it is I’ll most likely post this on paperbackswap.com.
I would recommend this to readers who like mysteries such as, The Mysterious Benedict Society series, the Theodosia Throckmorton series, The Name of This Book is Secret, and Tunnels. If you’ve enjoyed any of these titles, you would probably like this as well.