The fourth and final book in the Mummy Chronicles YA series. Alex O'Connell is again at the centre of this book and Ardeth Bay has taken him for some more Medjai training.
It turns out that a Phoenix egg as alledgedly turned up and the Medjai decide to send out three recruits to investigate. (great plan guys)
And Alex discovers that his friends Rachel and Matt have followed him.
So Alex has to protect his friends without telling them exactly what is going on while competing against one of the other Medjai recruits.
To make matters worse, as they catch up with the traders who have the egg, they are attacked by slavers and robbers who steal the egg and capture Rachel.
The assault on the brigand's hideout is quite interesting.
Now that I've finished these books, the animated series, the movies, the novelisations, and the comics. (OK I have three Scorpion King movies left) The Mummy series as a whole is enjoyable.
In many ways The Mummy Chronicles and the Animated Series cover a lot of the same ground. Both focus on Alex, and his Medjai training both take the series in exploring other supernatural beings outside of Mummies (something the Scorpion King does too).
Surprisingly, they work chronologically, the first Chronicles book is set in 1937 and according to the Mummy Annual the Animated series is set in 1938.
I wish Wolverton did more books and let the O'Connell family work together more. I like Rick and Evie (and Jonathon) . Those are the characters we met in the first Mummy, I get it Alex is the stand in for the audience in these younger skewing formats but those original characters are who we fell in love with.
(I wish they made the fourth movie with an Aztec Mummy, that got bumped in favour of the Dark Universe.)