The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

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Book 1

Novel Summation:

Since his mothers death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carters been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants school friends and a chance at a normal life. But Carter has just what Sadie longs for time with their father. After six years of living apart, the siblings have almost nothing in common. Until now. On Christmas Eve, Sadie and Carter are reunited when their father brings them to the British Museum, with a promise that he is going to make things right.a But all does not go according to plan: Carter and Sadie watch as Julius summons a mysterious figure, who quickly banishes their father and causes a fiery explosion. Soon Carter and Sadie discover that the gods of Ancient Egypt are waking, and the worst of them Set has a frightening scheme. To save their father, they must embark on a dangerous quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and its links to the House of Life, a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

My Thoughts:

Amazing. Rick Riordan weaves yet another mythological journey. This time it involves the Egyptian gods and goddess. The main characters in the story are Carter Kane and Sadie Kane. Carter is the expert on Egyptian mythology and takes after his father in appearance. With dark skin, brown eyes, and brown hair. Sadie on the other hand is extremely straight forward. When she wants answers she goes to get them. Sadie takes after their mother with pale skin, caramel coloured hair (with added red streaks), and blue eyes. Unlike in the Percy Jackson series the gods in this series don’t exist without a host. They can but they aren’t as strong that way. The book is full of Egyptian mythology and will make you want to learn more about Ancient Egypt. There is a reference to the Percy Jackson series which can be found on page 52 in the book and it really made me smile to see this. The book is written in a style where Sadie and Carter have used a recording device to record it. The chapters alternate between Sadie and Carter. This style was really interesting. I didn’t particularly like the recording device idea because it didn’t really add anything but it wasn’t horrible. The narrator changes also was interesting and added a lot of depth to the story. This book is amazing and would recommend this to all.

Future Books:

The next book in the series is Throne of Fire set to come out Spring 2011.

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