Reviewed by Catherine Joyce
The Phoenix Code is the first book in the Secret of The Tombs series which is a new set of books written by Helen Moss. We are already familiar with Helen’s books as I have been reading The Adventure Series to my 8 year old son at bedtime and he loves the mystery and adventures in them. Knowing how exciting The Adventure Series is we were thrilled to discover that there was a new series of books to collect and couldn’t wait to get reading this book.
In The Phoenix Code we meet Ryan Flint who is accompanying his journalist mother on an expedition to Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. He meets Cleo McNeil, an archaeologist’s daughter who has stumbled upon an incredible secret and together they set out to find the Beneben stone. We read the book at bedtime and normally we only read a chapter a night but we found that there were lots of cliff-hangers in the book and we couldn’t put it down! This meant that instead of one chapter a night it was increasing to two and sometimes three so it was a good job we were reading it near to the end of term!
We really enjoyed reading the book and I thought it was very well written with a good mix of history, adventure and thrills. As well as enjoying the story it was also a fun way for my son to learn some history without even realising.
When I asked my 8 year old son what he thought of the book this is what he said
I liked this book because it was fun to read and there were lots of puzzles to solve. Ryan tried to be funny but Cleo didn’t get many of his jokes. Cleo liked to be right and took everything very seriously but they worked well together as a team. I am looking forward to reading the next book.
I think this book will appeal to both boys and girls and is suitable for children aged 8 to 11.
RRP: £7.99 (Paperback) / £3.49 (Kindle)
Available to buy from Amazon here.