by Rick Riordan
Kindle Edition – Read July 9, 2012
Cost: $7.99 (As of This Post)
Length: 529 pages
Official Description: (This is book 1 of The Kane Chronicles series)
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.
I wish I was more aware of Egyptology or Egyptian mythology, I loved Greek and Roman mythology but for some reason I never expanded past that. The Red Pyramid takes on a very Percy Jackson feel. In fact Carter and Sadie have almost the exact same voice as Percy did the Riordans previous series. Once I got over the fact that the voices of this story and the chapter headings were taken from the familiarity that Riordan has developed with Percy I could get into this new tale. Not that Percy was forgotten in this book because there was a brief mention of the Greek Gods twice, but they were side notes and meant to amuse fans. I also noticed that The Red Pyramid is about twice the size of all of the Percy Jackson books, which was nice. We could have a great flushed out adventure but it felt like it could have ended sooner. There were parts of the book that were not as interesting and slowed the story down quite a bit. I think Riordan had a knack for spinning mythological tales and I really love the dept of the Egyptian mythos and this world was done beautiful. The characters are really well done and you’re wondering right along with them who you can trust and who you can’t, and there are some great twists and turns along the way. I think that middle grade children and older will LOVE this book, especially if they were fans of the Percy Jackson series. There is action, adventure, crushes, explosions, angry gods and plenty of sarcasm and humor. I think this one is well worth picking up.
“I blinked at the other person — the one who had saved me: a tall, think figure in a black, hooded raincoat. What had she yelled: Eat Muffins? What kind of battle cry was that?”