Infinity Ring #4: Curse of the Ancients

// May 19th, 2013 // Book Reviews

Title: Infinity Ring #4: Curse of the Ancients

Author: Matt De La Pena

Synopsis:

Fix the past. Save the future.
What is the secret history connecting the SQ to the Ancient Mayans?

My Book Review:

First off, I would like to thank the kind-hearted, loving, nice, more than decent… okay. I’m kind of getting off topic here, so let’s go back to the real stuff. *Ahem*. I would like to thank the kind people at NetGalley for letting me read this book before it came out. Its official release date is June 4, 2013.

Infinity Ring #4: Curse of the Ancients is a very well written book. The author of the book is Matt De La Pena. I have never read any books by this author, but this book gave me a good first impression. Each book in the Infinity Ring Series so far has been written by a different author. In that way it has a similar concept to the 39 Clues book series. Unlike 39 Clues, it is about a group of three time travelers who need to fix breaks in history to prevent a Cataclysm (with a CAPITAL C) that would inevitably destroy all life on the planet. Don’t you hate when that happens?

In the earlier books, the three time travelers, Dak, Sera, and Riq, go with Christopher Colombus on his voyage, go to medieval France and go to pre-Civil War times. In this book, they go to the Mayan Empire. The one major difference between books 1-3 and 4 is that in 4 they stay in the Mayan Empire, but travel within two different times of the Mayan Empire. In the other books they stay at one time in one place. I like how this one is unique.

Also, so you can imagine the world of time travel better and experience being in a different time, there is an interactive episode with Dak, Sera and Riq in between each book. It is similar to the 39 Clues series in that way also. The interactive adventure is at www.infinityring.com, or is available as an app on any IPhone/IPad. You have to do the interactive adventure to understand the next book better. The interactive component for this book is available the same date the book is released, June 4, 2013. After I finished the book, I went to my computer, went to the website, went to the interactive episode page, gasped, and thought, “Dang it!”

This book was educational. I learned a great deal about the Mayan Empire, and how there were Mayan codices, Franciscan monks conquered the Mayan Empire and tried to convert the Mayans to their religion and how there was an auto-da-fé issued by Diego de Landa, a Spanish Bishop. An auto-da-fé is a burning of a lot of work of a culture.

My favorite character in the book is Dak. I felt in the book that Dak was kind of excluded and didn’t play a major role in the story, even though he’s a main character. I like Dak because even when he was injured, he rushed into a fight to save his friends. He jokes around a lot too. His bravery, courage and humor make him a likable character.

I rate this book 9 out of 10 stars. The reason I took away a star is because Dak, who is my favorite character, I felt was excluded. I hope you have a good day and watch out for any Cataclysms (CAPITAL C).

 

 

One Response to “Infinity Ring #4: Curse of the Ancients”

  1. Sherri Fromowitz says:

    Harrison, your reviews always make me smile. How will you ever be able to wait until June 4th? Your review made me think of books I’ve read that exposed me to cultures and settings I was unfamiliar with. I too love being taken to a different place and expanding my horizons. That’s the beauty and excitement of turning the pages. You never know where the next page will lead you. I’m glad you enjoyed this journey!

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