THE RED PYRAMID by Rick Riordan [Review]

The Red Pyramid is the first book in the Kane Chronicles, the highly anticipated new series by Rick Riordan, author of the popular Percy Jackson series. As with the Percy Jackson books, Riordan delves into mythology, this time focusing on Egyptian mythology (as opposed to Greek).  The main protagonists in the story are Carter and Sadie Kane, who have been living in separate homes (Carter with his father and Sadie with her grandparents) since their mother died in a mysterious incident in London.  After an incident involving their father, the two siblings realize that there is more to the world than meets the eye and the important role the two play in the fate of the world.  Sadie and Carter work together to avoid their pursuers and explore the possibilities of their new knowledge, hoping to save their dad, possibly their mom, and the rest of the world at the same time.

My biggest concern when starting The Red Pyramid was that Riordan could not achieve the same sense of adventure and humor that was prevalent in the Percy Jackson series. I was very surprised to see that the book had plenty of both, and also avoided being a rehash of his previous books.  The storytelling style Riordan uses, having Sadie and Carter swap narrating duties throughout the story, helps keep the story moving along and helps provide additional insight into the characters that felt very natural. The interplay between the two siblings provides an additional dimension to the story, and you can start to see how the attitude between them goes from almost strangers to strong family bonds.  The introduction of the Egyptian mythology and how it meshes with the modern world is handled deftly like it was with the Greek gods in Percy Jackson. Riordan has a talent of tying the old world and the new without making sound forced or cheesy. The only negative about the book is that there were a couple of plot points that should have been tied up before going to the next novel. In my opinion, there is a little too much out there for the next book to tackle.

The Red Pyramid is a great read for young adult readers (ages 9-12) and older, and especially for any fans of the Percy Jackson books.  The story is very educational without reading like a textbook or too complicated for kids to follow along. This is also a good read for anyone learning about Egyptian mythology or enjoys books with lots of mythological aspects.

Quotes from The Red Pyramid:

“My name is Carter Kane. I’m fourteen and my home is a suitcase.” – Carter

“So you can’t live in Manhattan?” she asked.     
Amos’s brow furrowed as he looked across at the Empire State Building. “Manhattan has other problems. Other gods. It’s best we stay separate.” – Sadie talking to Amos

“Oh, no,” I said, panic rising in my chest. “No, no, no. Somebody get a can opener. I’ve got a god stuck in my head.” – Carter

You can also follow Rick Riordan on Twitter, his username is @camphalfblood .

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Hyperion | Pages: 528 | Source: Purchased | Buy on Amazon

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  • http://www.daemonsbooks.com Amie

    Nice! It’s great to know that Riordan is not a 1 series hit wonder :)

  • Monika

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  • Ashleigh

    I know how successful the Percy Jackson series ended up being, but I just never got into it. The Red Pyramid, on the other hand, drew me in right away. I’m curious to know how come I’m so much more drawn to the Kane Chronichles….they are both about mythology and kids having to save the world, after all. Kind of weird.