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The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Posted by Caitie F on October 30, 2012

Title: The Red Pyramid 
Author: Rick Riordan
Hardcover: 516 pages
Pub Date:  May 4, 2010
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads:

Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a “research experiment” at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them —Set— has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe – a quest that 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.


I was a fan of the Percy Jackson series and I recently read the first book in the Heroes of Olympus series, so i thought I would try the first book in the Kane Chronicles, especially since my knowledge of Egyptian mythology is severely lacking.

I actually think I enjoyed it that much more because I was not familiar with the story already. I honestly didn’t know what was going to happen and was on the edge of my seat. That helped fix my issues with the Greek mythology series and it was a lot of fun to learn while reading such an engaging book. I always have loved learning more about mythology and missed so much by not learning about Egypt!

Plot-wise, this is a very exciting book. They travel the world and have to go against many enemies. Luckily, Riordan does a lot of character development through the high-stress action. Since there are so many locations and a mystical way to travel quickly, it lets the reader see all part sof the world in ways that other books can’t.

The two main characters are very different even though they are siblings but that makes them a great team. They have different strengths and ways of thinking. It shows that there is not just one way to look at problems or be intelligent, which is always a good thing to have in a book for students. While they are incredibly brave, they also show fear and panic and they needed help from others. Even godlings can’t do it all on their own.

This may be my favorite series that Riordan has and I look forward to getting the next book soon!

This book would be a great gift for middle school students who like mythology.


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