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The Throne of Fire: The Kane Chronicles, Book 2

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The Throne of Fire: The Kane Chronicles, Book 2

Siblings Carter and Sadie Kane are used to saving the world from ancient Egyptian threats, dealing with supernatural creatures on an almost daily basis, and messing around with their magician friends developing their powers. Their whole world changed in THE RED PYRAMID, where they learned they were descendants to Egyptian magicians and were briefly possessed by Egyptian gods. They also managed to make a deal with Set, the god of evil, to keep Apophis, the god of chaos, from destroying the world. Of course, there was a lot more to it than that, but the Kanes just make it look easy. This time around, though, the stakes are raised, and that nasty Apophis just won't go away.

Carter and Sadie always knew that Apophis was only stopped temporarily and that he would be back, but they didn't expect they would have to resurrect the most powerful Egyptian god ever --- Ra. Ra, the sun god, has been out of commission for some time, and his essence has been divided among three scrolls that have been hidden across the world. Sadie and Carter find the first one easily enough, with the usual thrills and chills, but with the newfound scroll comes alarming information: the summer solstice is when Apophis plans to take over the world, which is only in a matter of days. Not only do Carter and Sadie need to find the other scrolls, they also must combine them to recreate Ra and travel his daily journey through the underworld. Did I mention that this has never been done before?

In addition to the little problem of the world ending soon, Carter and Sadie are also dealing with regular, teenage social pressures. Sadie recently celebrated a birthday and is struggling with the new magician life she's been thrust into. Wouldn't it be nice to go back to normal? She also hasn't figured out her feelings for Anubis, the god of death, or the strong connection they made last year. It isn't easy to think you're in love with a god, let alone one that's so grim.

Carter hasn't forgotten the connection he made with Zia, the daughter of the most powerful magician in the world, or the fact that it was seemingly fake, as Zia ended up being a Shabti, a magical figurine made out of clay. Even if she was only clay, Carter is determined to track down the tomb where the real Zia lies in waiting. He doesn't care if the world is on the brink of destruction, as long as he's reunited with Zia.

As the summer solstice beckons, Carter and Sadie will need to reconcile their personal problems and get back to saving the world. This time they're accompanied by the god Bes and his blue speedo, and will visit the likes of Russia, Egypt and the streets of London in their search for the scrolls. Vultures, baboons, beetles, mummies and more await the Kanes, and this time they won't have the extra protection and power of the gods to help them.

THE THRONE OF FIRE had big shoes to fill after the successful first book of The Kane Chronicles, and it doesn't disappoint. It nicely wraps up some leftover storylines from the previous installment and, in true Rick Riordan style, wreaks havoc and rips open all new, even more precarious threats that seem practically impossible to overcome. Even though the world might seem to be ending in every book you read, it never gets boring. Thank goodness there are enough Egyptian gods that want to have total power, and thank goodness this series is far from over!

Reviewed by Benjamin Boche on May 3, 2011

The Throne of Fire: The Kane Chronicles, Book 2
by Rick Riordan

  • Publication Date: August 14, 2012
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
  • ISBN-10: 1423142012
  • ISBN-13: 9781423142010