Synopses & Reviews
Siblings Sadie and Carter Kane discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them--Set--has his sights on them. to Stop him, the duo embarks on a dangerous journey across the globe, one that brings Carter and Sadie ever closer to the truth about their family and its connection to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.
The heart-stopping action and magic explode off the page in The Red Pyramid, The Graphic Novel, based on the worldwise best-selling novel by Rick Riordan.
"The first book in Riordan's Kane Chronicles gets the graphic novel treatment. The story follows that of Riordan's 2010 middle-grade novel of the same name, which stars Sadie and Carter Kane, the children of famed Egyptologist Julius Kane. When their father accidentally unleashes a dangerous Egyptian god at the British Museum and vanishes, the siblings embark on a perilous journey around the globe, which reveals hidden truths about their family. The plot lends itself fluidly to the graphic novel format, and Collar's cinematic artwork is well equipped to handle the story's larger-than-life mythological action. Gone is the digital recording narrative gimmick of the original book; instead, the twists and turns of Riordan's intricate story line are delivered through dialogue and through Sadie and Carter's dual narration, which appears in small color-coded panels. Collar, who also worked on Riordan's graphic novel adaptation of The Lightning Thief, packs his spreads with rousing technology and magic, as well as tongue-in-cheek details. New readers and existing fans alike will dive right in. Ages 10 up. Agent: Nancy Gallt, Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
3Q 5P J M Sadie and her brother, Carter, hardly know each other. Separated after their mother died under mysterious circumstances, Sadie has enjoyed a stable, if mundane, upbringing by their grandparents in London. Meanwhile, Carter grew up traveling the globe with their Egyptologist father, Dr. Julius Kane, helping with research and archaeological digs. When Dr. Kane arranges a visit on Christmas Eve at the British Museum, the family reunion turns tragic when he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who wastes no time in banishing Dr. Kane from this world. Sadie and Carter are mysteriously immune to Set's attacks, and they find themselves suddenly thrown into a centuries-old battle between the Egyptian gods. Strange dreams, unusual powers, and allies who are definitely not human make it clear that Sadie and Carter each have a part to play in defeating this ancient enemy. Established fans and newcomers alike will delight in this graphic adaptation of Riordan's Red Pyramid (Hyperion, 2010). Packed with intense action sequences and a large cast of dynamic characters, this highly condensed version is busy without being overwhelming. Out of necessity, much of the dialogue is dedicated to explaining actions and events, but a constant stream of humor prevents the reader from getting bogged down by logistics. The colorful artwork has an almost painting-like quality, setting it apart from typical graphic novel illustration, and some clever visual jokes and thoughtful use of panels make good use of the format. Expect high demand for the first volume in this new graphic series.-Summer Hayes.--VOYA
About the Author
(www.rickriordan.com) is the author of the New York Times
#1 best-selling The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid
and Book Two: The Throne of Fire
. His other novels for children include the New York Times
#1 best-selling The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero
and Book Two: The Son of Neptune
as well as the five books in the New York Times
#1 best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons. Orpheus Collar
(www.orpheusartist.com) is a storyboard artist and illustrator who received his BFA from the Maryland Institute of Art. He has contributed his coloring skills to numerous titles, including The Amazing Spider-Man
and Ultimate X-Men
. Orpheus also provided the storyboards for The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel
. Orpheus lives in Los Angeles, California.
Orpheus Collar (www.orpheusartist.com) is a storyboard artist and illustrator who received his BFA from the Maryland Institute of Art. He has contributed his coloring skills to numerous titles, including The Amazing Spider-Man and Ultimate X-Men. Orpheus also provided the storyboards for The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel. Orpheus lives in Los Angeles, California.