The Red Pyramid
(Kane Chronicles #1)
Written by: Rick Riordan
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 comes through with another great adventure series based on ancient mythology! I really enjoyed his Percy Jackson series with all the Greek mythology love, so seeing an Egyptian mythology series filled me with glee. To me, it was like finding a “The Egypt Game” for a new generation. (I really loved that book and reread it just a few years ago.)
I love both mythologies, though I must admit that I favor Greek. Egypt just has this interesting history and customs to go along with their mythology. How do you not get into something like that?
The author does give a nod to his Greek series, which was a lot of fun. I like that he let on that the mythologies of both cultures could interact in fringe ways.
I also like that he took a different tactic with this series as opposed to using the same device. It works well for the mythological backgrounds, but some authors would not do this. In the Percy Jackson books, the characters are the children of Greek god and human pairings. In this line, the children are descendants of the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs and thus good hosts for the Egyptian gods.
As in the Percy books, the gods hide in plain sight and you can slip easily between this world and their world. Which makes for some fun adventures. I love it!
The story was a good one, the juxtaposition of ancient and modern done well, and the characters are sympathetic.
A total win on all fronts!