Synopsis: 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
Genre: Fantasy – Middle Grade – Mythology
My thoughts: As you may or may not know, I am a huge fan of Rick Riordan’s work. Last year I finally finished Heroes of Olympus and now I’m catching up on all his books. Which is why I recently read The Red Pyramid, the first book in a trilogy inspired by Egyptian myths.
I was really curious to discovering this book, mostly because I had heard very little about it. And unsurprisingly, I really enjoyed reading it. Riordan really knows what he is doing when it comes to writing action-packed novels full of humor and plot twists and overall truly entertaining. If you’ve read and liked other Riordan books, I highly recommend you give The Red Pyramid a go.
Discovering this new universe around Egyptian mythology was really fascinating but also a bit confusing, as I knew nothing about the matter. With Riordan’s other books I had some basic knowledge of Greek and North myths, here it took some getting used to. But Riordan, as the teacher he once was, is amazing at explaining this stuff. I finished the book feeling like I had learned a lot and more important that there was still a lot to be discovered which is promising for the rest of the series.
The format was also truly interesting. It’s a transcript of a recording made by both siblings, Sadie and Carter. The recording adds some mystery, which I really appreciated. It also gives us the opportunity to get to know the protagonists better. I’m actually quite curious to find out if the rest of the trilogy will follow the same format.
Regarding the characters, it obviously took me a little while to get to know them. My main issue was that they aren’t as endearing as Percy or Magnus. But I have to admit that towards the end I had grown attached to them and the secondary characters. It just took me a bit longer than expected. On top of that, the siblings are supposed to be 14 and 12 years old, but felt older to me. The way they acted and talked made me believe they were at least 15 or 17 years old.
To sum up, I had a great time reading The Red Pyramid and I am looking forward to discovering the rest of the Kane Chronicles.
My rating: 4.25/5
Enjoy your reads,