The novel has received generally positive reviews. Many of the well-known names in history are said to be part of the real-life Cahill family, making it "the most powerful family in the world. Names such as Marie Curie , Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Napoleon Bonaparte , and George Washington were all part of one of the four family branches—the power-hungry Lucians, the strong and sporty Tomas, the inventive Ekaterinas, and the creative Janus, as well as the Madrigals. Dan and Amy are warned to "beware the Madrigals," but what the Madrigals are is not revealed in this novel.
The Maze of Bones Page 8 "Travel? She leaned closer to Dan and whispered, "First, we need to find a chaperone. And quickly. Aunt Beatrice is going to call Social Services soon. We need to get home, get our stuff, and get out. If the police find out weve been disowned, theyll take us to a foster home or something.
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There is, yes, also a book involved. These clues will lead you to a secret, which, should you find it, will make you the most powerful, influential human beings on the planet. Amy and Dan opt for the clues, pitting themselves against a cast of relatives who range from obnoxious to menacing to merely skeevy. Adventures, travel and hairbreadth escapes follow, interspersed with the odd historical anecdote, as we learn that every single famous or influential person of the past few centuries has been a member of the Cahill family.