Children of the Lamp: the Cobra King of Kathmandu by P.B. Kerr

***** 5 Stars.


The book, Children of the Lamp: the Cobra King of Kathmandu, starts 12 years before the main story when the prime minister of England gets inhabited by djinn (a genie) and becomes crazy. The story continues when the Doctor comes see Uncle Nimrod, a powerful djinn in order for Uncle Nimrod to get the djinn out of the prime minister. The doctor sees Nimrod using his magical powers and the doctor becomes greedy.  

John and Phillipa Gaunt two twin djinn get an email from their djinn friend Dybbuk. He sends them an email saying that he is in mortal danger and needs help! A few weeks before Dybbuk was asked by his friend and his father to steal an air force baton. Inside the baton there are pictures by Michelangelo, Da Vinci and other famous painters and a company picture worth only $15,000.  The pictures were sold, but Dybbuk kept the company picture as a souvenir. A few days later Dybbuk found out that his friend and his father were killed in their home by king cobra snakes.


The twins meet an angel who gives them “elsewheres” which are exact twins of themselves that will dissipate in  501407407407407407407407 seconds. The number of seconds is called an Aeon.  John and Phillipa go out to find Dybbuk and the “elsewheres” take the place of them.  They meet Dybbuk at a castle that was his great aunts.  When Dybbuk went to the castle he found that the aunt’s butler was killed by a king cobra also. The twins with Dybbuk then took a whirlwind tornado to England.


In England they met Uncle Nimrod’s butler, Groanin who tells them that Uncle Nimrod left for India. They go after them on a whirlwind. When they got there they put the company picture in front of the fire and a letter appeared.  The letter helped them figured out that they had to go to Lucknow. Once they got there they found out that the doctor was now a disgusting holy man who tricked the children into finding a treasure. The doctor who was greedy made them prisoners and tried to become a djinn by using there blood .They were slowly dying. Then the doctor injected himself with the blood and he catches on fire and dies! Everyone goes home to New York on a whirlwind and find out that Dybbuk’s father wasn’t human but an evil djinn! They also find out that their mother left them to become the blue djinn of Babylon. A djinn who only obeys the cold rules of logic. Uncle Nimrod stays with them to helps the father and the butler Groanin because they are distressed.  John, Phillipa, Nimrod, Groanin, Dybbuk and the other characters wait until there next adventure comes up sooner than they expect that will save or destroys Djinnkind, of course.   

Every part of the book was exciting and I cannot choose one part. That is why it is so good. I will always remember that even when you are in the other side of the world and are in mortal danger, people will always help each other. I loved this book because it is very much like a world that always has good in it even in the worse of times. I learned in the worse part of your life, always good will triumph at the end. 

I highly recommend all the books in this series.

Suzanne Saxe-Roux