The Red Pyramid
by Rick Riordan
The Kane Chronicles
Publication Date: May, 2010
List Price: $17.99
Review: Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling around the world with his father, a brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane. This is because six years ago, his mother died by a horrific accident involving magic. But while he is being homeschooled by his father, his younger sister, Sadie, is living in London with their grandparents. Sadie has just what Carter longs for—a “normal” life and some cool school friends. But, what Carter has, Sadie longs for—time with their father. The kids have almost nothing in common with each other… until now in the exciting premier novel in the Kane Chronicles Series, The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan.
Carter and Sadie are reunited on Christmas Eve, when their father brings them to a British Museum not far from Sadie’s home with a promise that he’s going to “make things right”. But, what Julius planned does not happen; instead of his plan, he summons a scary statue that banishes him and creates a blistering outburst. Soon enough, Carter and Sadie find out that the gods of Egypt are waking from the Duat and that the nastiest of them—Set—has in mind a hazardous scheme to take control of the world. To save their father, they must embark on a crazy quest that brings them farther from safety and closer to their own history, which is linked to the old House of Life, a covert order existing since the time of the first pharaohs of Ancient Egypt! From the author of the bestselling series, Percy Jackson & The Olympians comes this first of The Kane Chronicles, mixing non-stop achievement, humor, anticipation, and suspense in a grand story of valor and conformity.
The Red Pyramid is great. It makes readers want to read it, plus it is a long book, so it doesn’t end quickly. My favorite part of the book is when Muffin (Sadie’s protector cat) turns into Bast, the goddess of cats, while Amos Kanes’ house is under attack by magic demons. She starts fighting them by using her long knives. I also liked the chapter names in the book. Mr. Riordan always makes them very funny, such as “Muffin Plays with Knives”, or “I Face the Killer Turkey”. The Red Pyramid lives up to Rick Riordan’s usual excitement and adventure – making him one of my favorite authors! The first book in The Kane Chronicles also received many praises from different people, such as The New York Times #1 Best Seller, and Magazine.com. So, in short, The Red Pyramid is an awesome book, and I just can’t wait until the second book in the series comes out.
Review written by Karan (7th grade student).
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