Saturday, April 7, 2012

Review for The Red Pyramid

The Red Pyramid (the Kane Chronicles #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Pages: 516
Genre: MG Fantasy
Source: My Local Library

Summary from GoodReads…
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.

The Good
May I start out by saying how AMAZING a writer Rick Riordan is! His first person narrators are so fun and humorous and I love how the story is told as if the two characters are talking into a voice recorder telling us of their perilous journey. Sadly it has taken me three tries to finish this book and now that I’m done I can’t wait for another lull from homework that will allow me to read the second one.
Out of the two narrators (Sadie and Carter) Sadie was definitely my favorite. With her attitude, gum, combat boots, and British accent she’s a character I love to root for. Though I think the kids sometimes sounded a little old for their ages these siblings worked great together though they argued a great majority of the time (which is so believable and awesome).And I can’t write a review without saying something about Bast, the ultra-slick cat goddess. She almost seemed to fall into the role of the cool aunt for the kids because she was their protector and they cared about her. Some of the scenes between her and the kids were very touching. She was probably my favorite character of the bunch. Oh, I also loved the animal characters, they’re always so fun.
            The world that Riordan builds using mythology is great and very educational. Even though I’ve always had a bit of trouble with Egyptian mythology (and it is confusing) the modernization of it all was really cool and helped me out in understanding some of the myths better.  

The Bad
I can’t really help but compare this book to the Percy Jackson & the Olympian series (I always compare the author’s different series) and I must say that while I liked this book it wasn’t as charming as Percy Jackson (although I hear the second book is better). Sadie definitely had more spark in her narration then Carter but some of the storytelling seemed a tad bit flat (only some of it, I’m not saying the whole book) but that could just be me.
A few times the kids seemed to take on voices that were older than their character but I guess that could be explained… if someone would car to explain it to me.

The Krazyness
“Oh no." I said panic rising in my chest. "No, no, no, Somebody get a can opener. I've got a god in my head!!”

“Far, far below, red liquid bubbled. Blood? Lava? Evil ketchup? None of the posibilities were good.”

“In person, if possible, Anubis was even more drop-dead gorgeous. [Oh . . . ha, ha. I didn't catch the pun, but thank you, Carter. God of the dead, drop-dead gorgeous. Yes, hilarious. Now, may I continue?]”

 4 Elf Cookies


  1. I am so behind on my Rick Riordan books. I've only read the first two in the Percy Jackson series! Maybe I'll have time to catch up over the summer. Then again, who am I

    1. haha, you so need to finish them! The third one if one of my favorites! I plan on re-reading them over the summer along with reading more of the Kane Chronicles and Heroes of Olympus. It's going to be a Rick Riordan

  2. I just adore Rick Riordan...I swear his MG books are the most cross-age range books possible, and they are just so much fun! So glad you enjoyed this one as much as I did :)

    Brilliant review! I'm your newest follower!

    1. I know, anyone can read them and enjoy them. I know of at least 3 college age students reading Percy Jackson, RR's books are just that cool!lol

      Thanks for following! You're my 50th follower!

  3. Loved this book! Like you say, it doesn't quite have the same "oomph" that Percy Jackson does, but I was really grateful for the take on Egyptian mythology, which I've always to know more about.

    1. I know, my brother had Egyptian Mythology books when we were younger and I was always interested but never really understood it that well until this book.