Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Review: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan 
Published: May 4th, 2010
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 516
Challenge: 100+ Reading Challenge, 350 Page Books Challenge
Other: First book in the Kane Chronicles. There will be three books in total. The second book, The Throne of Fire, was published on May 3rd, 2011.
Video Review: Youtube
Buy the book: Bookdepository

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.

After finishing the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, I was dying to read more Rick Riordan books. I picked up The Red Pyramid, which is based on Egyptian mythology. I really liked the book, but I wasn't as hooked as I was with the Percy books.

This book follows Carter and Sadie, who are brother and sister and find themselfs amidst Egyptian gods. They never thought the gods would be alive, let alone meet them. But when their father summons a god, he lets more loose than he intended, and Carter and Sadie need to work together to make sure the world won't be destroyed in the process of saving their father.

The setup in this book is great. Rick Riordan made it seem like he was simply typing out what the main characters were saying on a tape recording. His humor is great and I loved the writing in this book. I'm more of a fan of Carter's than I am of Sadie, but both are great characters. 

If you love Rick Riordan as much as I do, this is a must to pick up. Egyptian mythology isn't something I've read a lot about (this is my first book..) but I really liked it and I think this can be a great setup for the rest of the trilogy.

My overall rating: 

Simply because I love Rick Riordan's writing and I can't wait to read more about Carter and Sadie (now if my preorder will hurry up and arrive already..)!

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