Rick Riordan is one of my favorite YA writers. I’ve read almost all of his books – the only series still on my list was The Kane Chronicles. However, this summer I had some time at hand, so let’s kick it off with the first installment, The Red Pyramid!
Sadie and Carter Kane are to very different siblings. Not only do they look quite differently, while Carter travelled the world with his archeologist father, Sadie spent her time in England with her grandparents.
But when Carter and their father come to visit Sadie, all of their lives are bound to change forever…
By now, you’ll all know that I’m a Rick Riordan fan. He wrote some amazing and breath-taking novels that you won’t be able to put down.
So, I was excited to finally catch up with the Kane Chronicles as those books had been published from 2010 to 2012.
After lots of stuff on Greek and Roman mythology, I was ready to learn some stuff about ancient Egypt!
The first thing to mentioned about the Kane Chronicles in general is the way the story is told. It’s supposed to be a transcript of a recording made by Carter and Sadie. You get the feeling that they tell their own story in their own words, which makes for a nice change.
I like the main characters as well. They are not stereotypical, they both have their own lives, problems and identities but at the same time they have a lot in common. It’s not easy to write this in a convincing and authentic way, but Riordan pulled it off nicely.
The Red Pyramid plunges head first into the (to me unknown) waters of ancient Egypt. You’ll find out lots of new and interesting with delivered with a captivating story. Despite many uplifting moments and funny situations, The Kane Chronicles come with a sad undertone right from the beginning. In a way, these books feel a bit more mature than the other Rick Riordan stuff I read. Of course, the other novels also had heart-breaking moments, but here it’s somehow different.
A few more words on The Red Pyramid: the story unfolds nicely and you’ll be surprised by many of the plot-twists. It’s faced paced and you’ll be holding your breath several times. The Red Pyramid makes you want to read the rest of the series right away, so be sure to get the entire bundle of books!
I loved the first part of The Kane Chronicles, so stay tuned for my review on part 2, The Throne of Fire!
Did you read the book? Let me know in the comments what you think!
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