Saturday, October 8, 2011

Review: The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
Published: May 3rd, 2011
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 452
Challenge: 100+ Reading Challenge, 350 Page Books Challenge
Other: Second book in the Kane Chronicles. The series is currently set to have three books, with the final installment to be published in 2012.
Buy the book: Bookdepository

Warning: this review might contain (slight) spoilers for those of you who haven’t read the first book in the series yet. Reading is at your own risk.

Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven't given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians.

And now their most threatening enemy yet - the chaos snake Apophis - is rising. If they don't prevent him from breaking free in a few days' time, the world will come to an end. In other words, it's a typical week for the Kane family.

To have any chance of battling the Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. But that would be a feat more powerful than any magician has ever accomplished.

First they have to search the world for the three sections of the Book of Ra, then they have to learn how to chant its spells. Oh, and did we mention that no one knows where Ra is exactly?
After reading and loving The Red Pyramid, I couldn’t wait to read the sequel and let me tell you; Carter and Sadie do not disappoint!

Rick Riordan does it again – with his brilliant sense of humor and amazing story telling, he writes yet another book that I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to anyone who likes to read adventure stories. Based on Egyptian mythology, we follow Carter and Sadie while they try to revive the Sun God without the help of Isis and Horus and it’s proving to be quite the task.

Like in the first book, we alternate between the two characters in reading the story; they both narrate every other chapter or so on the recording tapes and I love how they each have their own way of telling the story (even though they are both masters in using sarcasm) and how they are bickering throughout the entire book – but it doesn’t get annoying.

This is the second book in a trilogy and it has some of the in-between-books-characaristics, but nothing that bothered me while reading. I absolutely loved reading it and personally, I cannot wait to get my hands on the final book in this series.

My overall rating:

Four big fat stars for Carter and Sadie; and a promise to preorder your final adventure as soon as it’s available!


  1. I've read and really enjoyed the Percy Jackson series but I've yet to try any other books pi Riordan. I just bought The Son of Neptune though (which is the 2nd book in The Heroes of Olympus series so I'll start with that one. But this is the next I will read it sounds just as good as Percy. :) Great review!

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  2. Personally, I like the Heroes of Olympus better than the Kane Chronicles, but honestly Rick Riordan is a genius and I'll probably buy everything he writes.

    Did you like The Lost Hero? I thought it was even better than Percy :)

    And thanks! :)


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