The Cabinet of Wonders

The Kronos Chronicles: Book I

Kronos Chronicles (Volume 1)

Marie Rutkoski, read by Lorelei King

Macmillan Young Listeners

Petra Kronos has a simple, happy life. But it’s never been ordinary. She has a pet tin spider named Astrophil who likes to hide in her snarled hair and give her advice. Her best friend can trap lightning inside a glass sphere. Petra also has a father in faraway Prague who is able to move metal with his mind. He has been commissioned by the prince of Bohemia to build the world’s finest astronomical clock. Petra’s life is forever changed when, one day, her father returns home – blind. The prince has stolen his eyes, enchanted them, and now wears them. But why? Petra doesn’t know, but she knows this: she will go to Prague, sneak into Salamander Castle, and steal her father’s eyes back. Joining forces with Neel, whose fingers extend into invisible ghosts that pick locks and pockets, Petra finds that many people in the castle are not what they seem, and that her father’s clock has powers capable of destroying their world.
Marie Rutkoski's startling debut novel, about the risks we take to protect those we love, brims with magic, political intrigue, and heroism.
The Cabinet of Wonders is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.





  • Book Trailer for the Kronos Chronicles by Marie Rutkoski

    A book trailer for A Cabinet of Wonders and The Celestial Globe, the first two novels in the Kronos Chronicles by author Marie Rutkoski.



Praise for The Cabinet of Wonders

"...a sweet and charming fantasy, perfect for fans of ELLA ENCHANTED or THE PRINCESS ACADEMY.... Lorelei King is a talented narrator whose superb creation of whimsical characters is beautifully done." - AudioFile, Winner of an Earphones Award
"In this utterly engrossing book, Marie Rutkoski combines siteenth century European history with magic-rich fantasy to create a story that readers will find irresistible." —Through The Lookign GLass Children's Book Review

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  • Marie Rutkoski, read by Lorelei King

  • Marie Rutkoski is a professor of English literature at Brooklyn College. She specializes in Renaissance drama, children’s literature, and creative writing. She lives in New York City.  

    LORELEI KING’s many screen credits include Notting Hill, House of Mirth, and Cold Feet, among others. Lorelei has recorded over 200 audiobooks, including several titles from Janet Evanovich’s bestselling Stephanie Plum series. AudioFile also deemed her one of the "Best Voices of 2008."

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    Marie Rutkoski
  • Lorelei King
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The Cabinet of Wonders

The Kronos Chronicles: Book I

Kronos Chronicles

Marie Rutkoski, read by Lorelei King

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Publishers Weekly "Flying Start", AudioFile Earphones Award, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List, Utah Beehive Book Award Master List, An Indie Next Kids' List Great Read, Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers, Hawaii Nene Book Award Master List, Louisiana YR Choice Book Award Master List, Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, Utah Children's Book Award Master List