Monday, January 3, 2011

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

The Red Pyramid was written by Rick Riordan and is the first volume in the Kane Chronicles series.  Here is the summary from the dust jacket:
Since his mother's death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter's been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants—school friends and a chance at a "normal" life. But Carter has just what Sadie longs for—time with their father. After six years of living apart, the siblings have almost nothing in common. Until now.

On Christmas Eve, Sadie and Carter are reunited when their father brings them to the British Museum, with a promise that he's going to "make things right." But all does not go according to plan: Carter and Sadie watch as he summons a mysterious dark figure, who quickly banishes their father and causes a fiery explosion.

Soon Carter and Sadie discover that the gods of Ancient Egypt are waking, and the worst of them—Set—has a frightening scheme. To save their father, they must embark on a dangerous journey—a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and its links to the House of Life, a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.
Very shortly after I began reading this book, I felt as though I was reading the Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott.  I felt that way through the entire book.  This story was definitely inspired by the Nicholas Flamel series, although it also has similarities to the Percy Jackson series.  I feel like the book is much more like the Nicholas Flamel series than it is like Percy Jackson.

The Nicholas Flamel series centers around twins, Sophie and Josh Newman, who discover that they have magical powers.  They are pursued by evil magicians who want to restore the oldest deities who will destroy the world as we know it.

The Red Pyramid has a brother and sister, Carter and Sadie Kane, who discover that they are descended from Egyptian gods.  Both Kanes end up with magical powers, although they obtain their powers differently from Sophie and Josh Newman.  I cannot state how without giving away part of the plot.  Carter and Sadie must try to prevent the bad Egyptian god Set from destroying the world.

I enjoyed The Red Pyramid but not quite as much as I did the Percy Jackson series or The Lost Hero.

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