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The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1


The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

It’s been six years since Carter and Sadie Kane lived together as brother and sister and six years since that fateful day that took their mother. Sadie has spent her time living with their grandparents in London, going to school, and hanging out with friends like any normal teenage girl. Carter has spent his time following their father, Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane, around the world on his many adventures, living out of a suitcase, and having anything but a normal upbringing. Both Carter and Sadie secretly long for each other’s lives and maybe even spending time together.

On one of his two yearly visits to London, Julius brings Carter and Sadie to the British Museum on Christmas Eve in an attempt to bring the family together. Carter and Sadie know nothing about each other, have nothing in common, and are beyond confused as to why their father is so obsessed with the Rosetta Stone currently housed in the museum. Dr. Kane, however, has a plan to fix the family problems by summoning ancient Egyptian gods for their power, but he doesn’t anticipate the plan going horribly wrong.

Instead of releasing one god, he releases five of the most powerful Egyptian gods, including Set, the god of evil and chaos and desert storms. Immediately, Set encloses Julius in a golden tomb, much to the horror of Carter and Sadie. With Set running loose, ready to destroy the world, Carter and Sadie turn for help in the most unexpected place: their Uncle Amos. Amos shows up out of the blue and takes them under his care and explains their long family history. Apparently the Kane family name is in a long line of pharaohs, and Carter and Sadie are royalty and Egyptian magicians.

Amos also explains the long and often deadly struggle that the magicians have had with the gods over past centuries. The gods have continually sought to regain their power over the world, while the magicians have fought to contain them in the Duat, the land of spirits and the dead. Now that Carter and Sadie’s father has released five of the gods from their holding place, the magicians are not happy and even suspect that Carter and Sadie are much more than they appear.

In the grand adventurous style that has made the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series so popular, Rick Riordan takes readers on a wild and fantastical adventure. Carter and Sadie learn much about their magical past while trying to preserve their increasingly bleak future. Numerous battles take place along the way, and the ending will forever change the Kane family.

There are many reasons why I appreciate what Riordan has done for children’s literature. All of his books are chock full of history, mythology, geography, and other information that is way more exciting than a textbook. You will learn a ton reading his novels and have fun at the same time. His plotlines also leap from one crazy event to another, which keeps the pages turning at a rapid rate. Riordan makes sure that no one will fall asleep when reading his books. His chapter titles are hilarious and hook readers before page one. The pop culture references will appeal to every kid, and anyone who picks up THE RED PYRAMID will like it. Period. Pre-order the next installment in the Kane Chronicles series. It will be worth it.

Reviewed by Benjamin Boche on August 16, 2011

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