Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, #1) by Rick Riordan

Title: The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney/Hyperion
Hardcover, 514 pages
Date Published: May 4, 2010

Description (Taken from Goodreads)
Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them--Set--has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe--a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

Rick Riordan once again delivers with an all new, exciting adventure that explores the Egyptian gods and two children who are someone meant to save the world. The Kane Chronicles will inevitably be compared to the Percy Jackson series and I’m happy to say that it really lives up to it.

Carter and Sadie Kane are intelligent kids with a whole lot of courage and even more willpower. At just 14 and 12 years of age, respectively, the brother sister duo bring some great humor with their bickering and sibling rivalry. The instant character connection is something that Riordan is so good at. It’s impossible not to like Sadie and Carter. Their distinct, and quite amusing, voices are so lively and fun. Having grown up separately, their bickering is, at times, a bit more deep than your average brother/sister fighting, but that strengthens their bond.

The Egyptian gods, the royal bloodlines, the artifacts and historical figures are all wonderful. I have no idea how Riordan is able to do all this research and then somehow spin it into a magical tale, but I hope he never stops doing so. Egyptian history/mythology always interested me more than Greek mythology, so I was completely enthralled with The Red Pyramid. The gods were interesting, the fighting was exciting, and the twists and turns were phenomenal. As a fan of Riordan in general, I adored this book; and as a fan of the PJO series, I loved the implied connection to that world within this one. I look forward to the continuation of a sure-to-be brilliant series.

Opening line: We only have a few hours, so listen carefully. ~ pg. 1

Favorite line: You see gods have great power, but only humans have creativity, the power to change history rather than simply repeat it. ~ pg. 179
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 

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Elena Solodow said...

Glad to hear this is a good one. I thought Percy Jackson was an excellent series. Rick is obviously a master at the myth rendition. Thanks for the review!

Charlotte said...

I have this on hold at the library, but it is taking much too long to get to me! It sounds so good...

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

It really is a great read and I'm looking forward to seeing just where Carter and Sadie head next. Much like the PJO series, the characters are the best part and the powers and mythology only adds to it.

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