KANE CHRONICLES 2: THE THRONE OF FIRE by Rick Riordan [Review]

The Kane siblings are back and trying to save the world from the dangers of Apophis in The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan. In the time since their adventures in The Red Pyramid, Sadie and Carter have been working to bring in and train other young magicians like themselves. When Carter suddenly receives a warning of impending doom, the siblings jump into action to look for a way to prevent Apophis’ escape. Their search will take them across the world, evading their enemies from the House of Life and even some gods who are unsure of Carter and Sadie’s intentions. To help save the world the two Kane children must be ready to sacrifice everything, including themselves, to ensure that the wrong person doesn’t take The Throne of Fire.

Overall I really enjoyed The Throne of Fire and can’t wait for the third book in the series, which should come out around May 2012. The real treat with Riordan’s books is how he intertwines the Egyptian mythology to our world and turns it into a fun adventure for all. There is a lot of new information your brain has to assimilate (unless your an Egyptologist), but you never get the sense of information overload. In fact every new god or piece of Egyptian lore you pick up through The Throne of Fire serves a purpose to the story, making it a lot more enjoyable to read through the parts of the book that are more mythology heavy.

I’m still a big fan of Riordan using the two Kane siblings to tell the stories in alternating chapters. It helped move the story along in The Red Pyramid, and in this book we really get a sense of the unique voice of each of the Kane kids. This time around we get to see and understand a little more of Sadie’s life and how she’s handling both turning into a teenager and dealing with her magical powers, which works well since the first book in the series seemed to focus more on Carter. Riordan introduces (and reintroduces in one case) a few new and interesting characters in this book, giving you a better sense of the diversity in the Kane’s magical world.

If there’s one thing that didn’t seem to work in The Throne of Fire it was the pacing and the action of the last third or so of the book. The action becomes very quick and fast paced, so fast that you don’t really get a moment to digest what happened before the next big moment comes up. Normally that’s not a problem, but add to it the details and information being presented during some of these scenes and there’s little room for retention. When I was reading I found myself doing a lot of stopping and re-reading to make sure I understood what was going on. It doesn’t take away from the great story, just adds some speed bumps to parts that should be as fast moving as the River of Night.

The Throne of Fire is a great read for young readers, especially those who read the Percy Jackson series. Have you read The Throne of Fire? What did you think about it? How does it compare to The Red Pyramid? Please let me know what you think in the comments.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Hyperion Book CH | Pages: 464 | Source: Purchased | Buy on Amazon

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