Jack Stevenson, January 16, 2011 (view all comments by Jack Stevenson)
One of Rick Riordan’s newest creations, The Red Pyramid, strays from the mythology of his first books, and creates an even more believable and realistic experience for the reader. Kicking off a new series known as The Kane Chronicles, Riordan decided to stray from the previous Greek mythology used in the Percy Jackson series for something even older: the Egyptian Mythology, keeping the historical-based theme of the book, and adding emotional exploration and action into the mix of already countless themes. The book starts out with the description that this is a writer’s interpretation of several recorded messages, then joining the Kane family, a widower father with two kids named Carter and Sadie Kane. Carter and his father Julius travel the world as Archaeologist and son, while Carter’s sister Sadie stays with her grandparents who won custody after the mysterious death of their mother. On the one day that they can all legally be a family, Julius takes them to the British Museum, where a series of unpredictable events happen, throwing Carter and Sadie into an Egyptian reality that they find hard to believe. From there on, Riordan builds up a world and characters from the beginning. Carter has lived with his father for his entire life, but due to his father never staying in one place for more than a week he never had any real friends. Sadie has always lived at her grandparents with what most would assume is a normal life, but she has almost never met her father. The world he creates is no less beautiful and vivid: “A river winding through a desert canyon. The sky was a blanket of pitch-black clouds, and the river’s surface seemed to boil.” In my opinion, Riordan has done it again, recreating the wonder of a world past into the present, with the spirit of his original books intact. I personally had a hard time putting this book down and would give it a full 5-star rating. Rick Riordan’s newest creation has kept me and countless others in awe, and no-doubt waiting for April 2011, when the sequel of this already impressing first book of the trilogy comes out.
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erikaselberg7, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by erikaselberg7)
This book I think is good for all ages because the Red Pyramid in a way it is connected to the Percy Jackson books but it could be because the books are by the same author or it could be just me.
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This is the first book of the new Kane book series by Rick Riordan. Just like the other books Rick Riordan has written they have to do with gods of a certain country. Sadie and Carter Kane have to save the world from Set, an Evil Egyptian god. It has action right from the beginning, when their dad is captured by Set after the Rosetta stone is blown into pieces. This book is full of suspense, they must go from England to New York to Egypt and then to Arizona in just five days. Even worse they have had no training until those five days. Every time you think they have a chance to take a break, something pops out of nowhere. Also, these characters are easy to relate with, except for the part where gods attack them, since they were normal kids before they came upon this incident. I recommend this book to anybody who liked the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and I also recommend and will read the next book.
By: Benjamin Le
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MoPro, July 28, 2010 (view all comments by MoPro)
I love Percy Jackson movies! You should definitely check out Riordan’s
cool puzzle RedPyramidPuzzle.com. It’s based on The Red Pyramid, the first book from his new series called The Kane Chronicles. It’s cool because you can use your book, the internet and a webcam to solve the puzzles! And if you don’t have a webcam, that’s ok! You can still play!
laurab83, June 4, 2010 (view all comments by laurab83)
The Red Pyramid is a fun read. It has humor, adventure, magic and a wonderful cast of Egyptian characters. If you liked the Percy Jackson series you will enjoy this one as well. I am looking forward to the next book!
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"This fun, if formulaic, start to the Kane Chronicles series opens with a signature Riordan move: an explosion. Siblings Carter and Sadie have been living apart since their mother's mysterious death. On Christmas Eve, archeologist Julius Kane and son Carter, 14, show up in England for one of their two days a year with Sadie. Julius ushers his children to the British Museum, where he blows up the Rosetta Stone, unleashing five Egyptian gods and causing his own disappearance. The kids' Uncle Amos whisks them to a Brooklyn mansion, where he reveals that the Kanes descend from powerful Egyptian magicians. Swap Egyptian mythology for Percy Jackson's Greek gods and you've got the best part of this — an ancient history lesson seamlessly unfurled in a rip-roaring adventure. Told in alternating chapters by Carter and Sadie, the novel begins with a warning that the book is a 'transcript of a digital recording,' a distracting gimmick, and the attempts to make Sadie sound English by dropping in British slang are intermittent. Despite those flaws, Riordan delivers another funny yarn with kids in the lead and animal sidekicks that nearly steal the show. Ages 9 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
To stop Egyptian god Set from going after their father, siblings Carter and Sadie embark on a dangerous journey across the globe--a quest which 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.
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