The Celestial Globe
The Kronos Chronicles: Book II
By Marie Rutkoski
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374310271, 304pp.)
Publication Date: April 13, 2010
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When Prince Rodolfo's monsters attack her, Petra Kronos is spirited away to London. As she struggles to escape, Neel and Tomik sail the high seas, in search of her. Though separated by many miles, the three friends draw closer together in this sequel to The Cabinet of Wonders, called “astonishingly accomplished” by Publishers Weekly. Readers will not be disappointed in this adventure-filled novel that includes man-made monsters, the unraveling of a murder mystery, and the hunt for the Celestial Globe, which the prince of Bohemia will do anything to own.
Marie Rutkoski is the author of The Kronos Chronicles. The Cabinet of Wonders, her debut novel, was named an Indie Next Kids’ List Great Read and a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, among other honors. Rutkoski grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She attended the University of Iowa, where she took Writers’ Workshop classes and studied with Pulitzer Prize-winner James Alan McPherson. After graduating, she lived in Moscow and Prague. Upon receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard University, she held dual appointments as a lecturer there in both English and American Literature and Language, and History and Literature. Rutkoski is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and creative writing. She lives in New York City.
“A fun and creative voyage with unexpected twists and energetic turns . . . . Rutkoski's creative imagery and beautifully descriptive thoughts create a world that you could happily get lost inside.” –Deseret News
“Rutkoski builds on what worked in the first novel and heightens the stakes. . . . Strong characters and fast-paced plotting let this compelling installment stand independently, but the ending will leave readers eager for the next.” -Starred, Publishers Weekly
“This book is a wonderful mix of fantasy, action, science fiction, and even a bit of romance. It is a real pleasure to find a book so smooth in its transitions. Though it is incredibly imaginative, the storyline is easy to follow.” –San Francisco Book Review
“[Readers will] be engrossed in a tale that is part mystery and part fantasy, with a reveal at the end so grotesque they’ll be clamoring for the next book’s release date. A true original.” —Kirkus Reviews