Now, I know all of you are looking at your blog readers in disbelief. You are thinking to yourself, “But today is Thursday. BookKids does their review on Fridays. Have I made a mistake.”
I am here to assure you that you have not.
Since tomorrow is BookPeople’s big parking lot party in honor of Rick Riordan’s latest book, I have decided to post my review for it one day early.
The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles I)
By Rick Riordan
Six years ago, Carter and Sadie Kane’s mother died in a mysterious accident in London. Since then they’ve lived seperate lives — Carter with their father, and Sadie with their mother’s parents. The two only see each other twice a year when Carter’s grandparents allow Carter and his father to visit Sadie. This year, their father decides to take them to visit the British Museum for a private viewing of the Rosetta Stone. Carter and Sadie aren’t too excited until their father has them lock up the museum director and begins what looks an awful lot like a magic spell.
Unfortunately something goes wrong. A creature called Set imprisons their father in a golden coffin and people from something called the House of Life are threatening to kill them. It seems that whenever Gods get involved, kids with powers just never seem to catch a break.
Now, as everyone knows, Rick Riordan wrote the Percy Jacson series of books about a demi-god kid navigating the world of Greek gods. In this book, Carter and Sadie are thrust into the world of Egyptian mythology with all the gods, powers, and adventure you could possibly imagine. The action in this book is fantastic — the pace is fast and neverending and as you read the book you sometimes find yourself as breathless as the main characters. (I know I held my breath without realizing it a few times.) From the first chapter, the adventure draws you in and doesn’t let you go. I know I resented it every time I had to put down the book.
Now I realize Topher (who uses the Percy Jackson books as the standard to which all other books should be judged) might not agree with me, but I enjoyed the Red Pyramid even more than the Lightning Thief. I found the tale to be more complex, the characters better fleshed out, and the quest less meandering than the one in the first Percy book. In fact, if I didn’t already know that he had started working on one, I would have to advocate for a Kane Chronicles camp. Fortunately, Topher’s already on it.
I would highly recommend this book for any kid (boy or girl) ages 10 & up. Some of the situations might be kind of intense for kids younger than 10. Some of the scenes and especially some of the gods are downright scary. Even if you have a younger kid who reading-wise can do the book, you might want to consider reading it aloud together. That way you can discuss the more tense situations.