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- author Sam
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Another excellent adventure,
This review is from: The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1) (Hardcover)
Going into this book I had very high expectations. After all, the Percy Jackson books are such a wonderful and unique offering in children's literature. They are funny, witty, filled with action and adventure, they breathe life into some of my favorite myths... They are hard to top. Pretty much this book is what would happen if the 39 Clues series and Percy Jackson books had a baby. There is alot more information being tossed out in this book than in Percy Jackson, but much more fun and mythology than the 39 Clues.
In this first of the Kane Chronicles, Riordan again does a great job of combining humor with action and adventure. This book as a lot to explain in terms of the mythology it is based on, I think most readers on average know less about Egyptian mythology than Greek. However, Riordan again explains it in a way that brings it to life. And once all of the ground work is laid in terms of what is going on in the story everything zooms along at a really fun pace.
Carter and Sadie Kane were raised separately after the sudden and tragic death of their mother. Carter has spent the last half dozen years traveling the world with his father, a noted Egyptologist. Living out of a suitcase and never staying in one place for long, Carter is quiet and a little socially awkward. Sadie on the other hand was raised in London by her grandparents. Even though she's the younger of the two she has a much more forceful personality than her brother. She is loud, wears combat boots and streaks her hair with crazy colors. Carter and his father only are allowed to see Sadie twice a year.
Carter and Sadie barely know each other when the actions of their father leave them on a crazy adventure with only a cat, named Muffin, to help them out. Not only is the crazy chaos god, Set, after them also an ancient group of wizards is tailing them across the world.
Riordan again does a great job of pulling ancient mythology into the modern world. He really grounds his story and makes it believable. By the end of the book you really know the characters and are ready for their next adventure.
Another fun thing about this book is that instead of having one narrator he allows Sadie and Carter to alternate every few chapters. Their voices are very different and how they see things is very interesting. It also sets up a lot of the humor.
In spite of its size (its around 41 Chapters long) I think anyone who enjoyed the Percy Jackson books will find themselves loving this book as well.
I'm only giving it 4 stars because it took me until maybe chapter 15 to really get into the book, there was so much information that it slowed down the narrative for me.
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Initial post: May 6, 2010 9:11:36 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 6, 2011 8:10:37 PM PDT
! Aesop - Sam says:
In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2010 5:58:54 PM PDT
I'm glad you found it useful, thanks for the positive feedback!
Posted on May 10, 2010 8:18:22 PM PDT
I agree that there was a lot more information in it, but then Egyptian mythology is a lot more complicated than Greek mythology. I also think that Riordan needed to make it much more explanatory since the majority of his readers are going to be coming into this after spending the last few years in Greek mythology. The transition is difficult to make, but I think that he pulls it off well. Pulling readers into a whole new world takes a lot of strategy, and it worked out for me, at least. Had he only thrown around a few names of the major gods and what they did and focused more on the humor and action, we would still be stuck halfway in Percy's world in our minds, and the entire storyline would just collapse. This book added on to the storyline of Percy, while making it's own apparent.
Posted on Oct 21, 2010 8:03:02 PM PDT
Mary L. Lee says:
I think it is a wonderful thing that there are authors who by their work are drawing children back to reading. Riordan picks up where Rowling left off in a way. Rowling and the Harry Potter phenomena got kids excited about reading. Riordan is taking that excitement and building on it by easing mythology into the picture thus informing and teaching while entertaining. A spoon full of sugar, as Mary Poppins taught us. It's a truly grand thing.
Posted on Nov 26, 2010 5:02:22 PM PST
I love this book too, but I have to agree with you, it was a little to long and dragged out. Rick Riordan must have the brain of a true genius.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2011 9:00:01 PM PDT
I couldn't think of how to do it better, quite frankly, but I did feel the drag of all the explanation. There are two ways I could see a younger fan of Riordan's facing this: either with complete excitement, and total ignorance of the drag or hitting a brick wall with the information. I just fear the possibility of the second outcome, however, that being said I still loved the book and really look forward to the second one in the series.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2011 9:02:02 PM PDT
I think that's a great way to look at it! His books certainly do have an element that Rowling's while not lacking, didn't have as in high dosage. Her use of folklore and mythology was a little more subtle and I think she bent it to her will even more than Riordan does (also how she uses it doesn't inspire the same level of curiosity in what else is out there beyond her world). And anytime you can reference Mary Poppins, well, success!
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2011 9:02:48 PM PDT
I think it must have to do with him being a mystery writer as well, the ability to juggle minute details and put them together in interesting and new ways.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2012 3:55:04 PM PDT
Would you consider reviewing The Netherworld of Kemet book series?
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2012 3:56:14 PM PDT