Monday, July 14, 2014

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

My son loves the Kane Chronicles.  He has just fallen in love with Carter and Sadie and their magical world.  The series has given him an intense interest in Egyptology.  He's read and re-read these books a dozen times.  His dad and I had to see what he loved about them.  Here's the cover and Goodreads blurb:

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.

These books were not the same as the Percy Jackson books.  I don't know if it is a different style between the two series' or what but the Red Pyramid does read differently.  I just found them to be a different kind of adventure story.  Carter and Sadie take turns narrating, sometimes speaking as if they are doing an audio diary of the events.  I find Carter to be the better narrator.  I just felt like Sadie is a bit young and immature.  Carter was just the better narrator to me.  I enjoyed the humorous moments that Riordan uses to lighten this sometimes scary and serious world that the Kanes inhabit.  The other thing that I found very interesting about this series is that while Percy works within the system (he goes to Camp Half Blood) while Carter and Sadie are opposing the House of Life... sort of.  Carter and Sadie also go through much of this book without the help of their friends.  I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading the next one!

The Kane Chronicles can be added to your Goodreads by clicking here. You can also find author Rick Riordan on Twitter and on his website. I give The Red Pyramid 4 Fairies for a great story with typical Rick Riordan spirit and humor.

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