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Title The Red Pyramid
Author Rick Riordan
Cover Art John Rocco
Publisher Disney - Hyperion - 2011
First Printing 2010
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Title The Throne of Fire
Author Rick Riordan
Cover Art John Rocco
Publisher Disney - Hyperion - 2012
First Printing 2011
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Title The Serpent's Shadow
Author Rick Riordan
Cover Art John Rocco
Publisher Disney - Hyperion - 2013
First Printing 2012
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Title The Kane Chronicles Survival Guide
Author Rick Riordan
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Publisher ---
First Printing ---
Category Children/Young Adult
Warnings None
Main Characters Carter and Sadie Kane, Julius, Amos, Khufu and the Egyptian Gods & Monsters
Main Elements Gods, monsters
Website Rick Riordan Official Site

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I love Riordan's books. He takes ancient mythology, and while still keeping true to the personalities of the gods, weaves them into the modern world with more than a touch of humour. Once I pick up one of the books in a series, I need to keep going till it's done, I can't get enough. The action is non-stop as are the laughs. Just as in my Percy Jackson and the Olympian review, I'll give an example of a quote:

Carter pulled out several lengths of brown twine, a small ebony cat statue, and a thick roll of paper. No, not paper. Papyrus. I remember Dad explaining how the Egyptians made it from a river plant because they never invented paper. The stuff was so thick and rough, it made me wonder if the poor Egyptians had had to use toilet papyrus. If so, no wonder they walked sideways.

See, there must have been a reason for why Egyptians were painted that way...ok, it's a potty joke, but there were other examples, like where the children were presented with a carving and there's a pharoah with someone cowering before him, and for those of us not experts in Egyptology, it did indeed look like the Egyptian king was beating a poor subject with a spoon...the kids described things in ways that real kids might when presented with odd looking implements or concepts and I thought that was quite fun. Riordan really knows how to think like a 12-year-old.

Oh, and the Kanes are a mixed colour family which is something you don't see to often in any books, let alone children ones. While the ancient Egyptian gods didn't care about the colour of their skins, the kids sometimes had issues navigating the regular world.

There were some minor problems in consistency, particularly Carter who sometimes appears to know less about Egyptology than I do, even though he grew up surrounded by it, and other times spouting stuff only an expert would know. And the timelines were a bit ridiculous, with at most two or three days before the end of the world...multiple times. I wasn't sure how they fit everything in since there was a LOT of stuff going on. And frankly, they've already taken on the biggest, baddest thing out there and destroyed it forever...not sure what's left for the Kane's do to going forward, unless there are some crossovers with the other pantheons. We get a hint of that in the story Son of Sobek which is a bonus at the end of the third book. I still need to get that companion book to read the remaining bonus stories!

Minor complaints aside, I enjoyed the ride. It was fun, funny, non-stop with endearing characters with attitude. I'm going to start the next series that Riordan has finished, The Heroes of Olympus, and I'm collecting the other two series he still has ongoing. I love mythology and so far Riordan is the best at reviving the ancient gods of the world.

Posted: January 2018


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