Review: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Saturday, January 15, 2011

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Author: Rick Riordan

Release Date: May 4th, 2010
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 516
Source: Library
Series: The Kane Chronicles (book #1)
Other Titles in the Series: The Throne of Fire (book #2) is due out May 3rd.

Summary ( 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.

My Review: At first I was a little disappointed with this book, it started off really slow but after a while I started to like it. I liked how it was supposed to be a transcript of what happened to Carter and Sadie since they recorded their story. It was well done, I would be reading and think it was just written and then whoever wasn’t talking would break in really quick to say there version or they would make a face and the person recording would comment on it. It's hard to explain if you haven’t read it, but it's cool. Personally, I like Sadie’s perspective better because she wasn’t as serious as Carter, she was funnier. At times it was hard to remember that Carter is supposed to be the older sibling because Sadie is so mature (what with being British and all). However, I feel as if they both should have been older maybe around 15 or 16, Carter and Sadie both seemed to handle things way too maturely for being in their lower teens. I liked that this book had so much of the Egyptian history because I just re-learned about them in my Western Civilization class last semester. I loved Bast, Carter and Sadie’s friend aka the goddess of cats, she’s fierce and funny! Overall, I would recommend this to teens who liked Rick Riordan’s other books as well as kids who like Egypt!


Pam said...


You know what bothered me about this book? About half way through I realized they were talking in past tense so I knew for sure they were alive....

Eesti said...

You might wonder if you want to read a book about Anctient Egypt if you usually read about Anctient Greece or Rome. I usually read greek mythology but i love all of these authors books and i decided to try it out.