Wednesday, February 2, 2011

THE RED PYRAMID by Rick Riordon

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 seriously picked up this book as I started some research about Ancient Egypt.  Not that it IS research, mind you, but I thought it would be good inspiration.  I didn't really expect to love it like I did.

This story tells the story of Carter and Sadie Kane, children of famed Egyptologist Julius Kane. They witness their father open a portal which releases five major ancient Egyptian gods. In the ensuing explosion they are each possessed by one of the gods. Carter and Sadie discover that they are descendants of pharaohs and their possession is a powerful magical event. This kicks off the action which takes the Kane children to Paris, Washington D.C., Graceland in Memphis, New Orleans, England, and Phoenix. They must defeat the god of Chaos, Set, before he destroys the world.

This was a great book--full of mystery, adventure, and a really cool premise. I loved every minute of it. The story is told alternately by Sadie and Carter, through a "transcription" of a recording the kids make about their experiences. I really liked the idea of the transcribed recording. There are even little asides to each other as they are "recording" their parts of the story.

I've already got my name on the list for the next book in the series from my local library!

Read any good ancient myths lately?


Alicia Gregoire said...

Thanks for the review. I'm just about to start reading Percy Jackson, but this one keeps staring at me in the bookstore.

Kelly said...

My son and I started reading this (he loved the Percy Jackson series)!

Julie Musil said...

I haven't read this book, but my son just got the first of the Percy Jackson series. I heard that Hunger Games was based a Greek myth, but I don't remember which one!

Kris said...

Thanks for the comments! I think I might like it better than the Percy Jackson books.