The author Rick Riordan is the author behind the extremely popular Percy Jackson Greek mythology series. I read The Lightning Thief (the 1st book in the Percy Jackson series), totally loved it, and was all geared up to read more, but for some reason didn’t sustain the interest long enough to do so.
Instead I have jumped ship to start with his Egypt mythology series – The Kane Chronicles. The first book in the series is The Red Pyramid.
Sadie and Carter are two siblings who are separated when their mother dies a mysterious death. Carter is the elder brother who lives with his Egyptologist father and travels with him everywhere. Sadie lives a pretty sedate life living in England with her grandparents.
However, their lives completely change one horrific day when their father breaks the Rosetta stone in the British museum to let out a spirit and then gets buried in the process.
The rest of the story is a fast-paced adventure where Sadie and Carter come to terms with their past and the role of their family throughout history. They also need to find a way to rescue their father and prevent the world from coming under the control of the Egyptian God of Chaos – Apophis.
I liked this book. I can’t say that I loved it. For some reason, I had issues with the style in which it was written. I had loved Riordan’s writing in The Lightning Thief, but I never continued with the series because I guessed I would tire of it soon. And I was right. I found his writing repetitive and tedious second time around.
This book has a lot of fun facts about Egyptian Gods, and their stories. But somehow, the writing felt pretty childish to me. I also could not connect with the main characters – Carter and Sadie too much. Probably because there is so much happening with the plot, the author has not been able to develop the characters much. The whole book felt like one long drawn-out action sequence. There is hardly enough time to process so much going on all at once.
I guess what I am trying to say (and not quite succeeding) is that this book was OK. I enjoyed the travels and the adventure. But, it’s not high-quality YA Fantasy. But, then that’s just me. Middle and high-schoolers would probably enjoy this book very much and probably get quite a decent introduction to another country’s history and legends.
Me, I am not very sure about reading the rest of the books in this series. What about you? Did you read and enjoy this book? Do the other books in the series get better?