Sunday, June 20, 2010
Review: The Red Pyramid by: Rick Riordan
Mythology has always fascinated me: the clash of mortal and immortal, the lessons learned, the inevitability of destiny, and so much more. I have read the stories of the Greeks & Romans, the Norse, the Egyptians, the ancient Sumerians... well the list continues. Yet, amazingly, with my love of mythology and for modern writers, I have not picked up a Rick Riordan book until now; though, I have heard many good reviews about the Percy Jackson Series.
The Red Pyramid begins the Kane Chronicles. Carter and Sadie Kane have spent very little time together; after the death of their mother, Carter travels with their dad, while Sadie lives with their maternal grandparents. One Christmas Eve, in a bizarre incident at the British Museum in London, their dad is trapped by an Egyptian god, Set. Sadie and Carter are catapulted into a world they never knew existed as they try to rescue their dad... and stay alive.
As they seek the answers and the help they need, Sadie and Carter discover that they are from a long line of magicians with interesting connections to the gods and goddesses of Egypt. As they learn about their family, they must also figure out who they can trust and who are enemies in disguise. The Red Pyramid is action-packed with a fascinating weave of Egyptian mythology, modern-day antics, adventure, and the buddings of romance.
I truly enjoyed this book. In fact, I could not put it down (I started it last night and stayed up until 5:30 am to finish it). I rarely do this, but I give Riordan's The Red Pyramid 5 STARS. I cannot wait until next year when book 2 of the Kane Chronicles is released. Now, I need to read the Percy Jackson series...