The Kane Chronicles : The Red Pyramid

The Kane Chronicles Book 1: The Red Pyramid
Author: Rick Riordan
My Recommended Age: 11 and Up

Have you ever had a book, that EVERY time you sat down to read, you fell asleep...BUT, your 12 year old son couldn't put it down!
I am not kidding, I fell asleep EVERY time I tried to read...morning, evening, riding in a car, even sitting on a beach! I think I found the cure for insomnia!

Since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. Sadie has been living with her grandparents in London, while her brother Carter has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane. The two are reunited when their father brings them to a "research experiment" at a British Museum. Unfortunately,he destroys an ancient artifact and awakens many of the worst Egyptian Gods. Sadie and Carter are forced to watch as their father is captured and banished by Set. The children are then forced to flee for their lives. Hoping to free their father and stop Set, they embark on a quest fit for the pharaohs!

The most important question: Will Percy Jackson fans like this series?  Most definitely! That is if they can navigate through the numerous Gods and their backstories. Also, Riordan would have been wise to provide us with a glossary, as my Ancient Egyptian is a bit rusty. (What is a ba and why doesn't a rabbit come out of the Duat or was it the Ma'at...I still can't keep them straight.)

As for content, if you were comfortable with Percy or the 39 Clues series, then you will have no problem with The Red Pyramid. Sadie and Carter are typical teen siblings (except they get along).  There are mild flirtations and Sadie shows her rebellious side with blue and red hair streaks. There is some mild language with references to the Gods several times. Overall, most tweens should be fine.

Like I said, my son LOVED it! He read it very quickly and couldn't figure out what my problem was. Maybe I will try it again before the next one comes out...then again, maybe not.

Happy Reading

1 comment:

  1. Ha, ha. I didn't race through this one, either, but I did like it. It's quite the blending of elements from the 39 clues and Percy Jackson. There will likely be some kind of glossary type book come out at some point (like Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Ultimate Guide). Sometimes I wonder if kids think having their parents (one or both) still alive is so NOT the stuff exciting books are made of. I know... it's storytelling, not real.


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