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The Kane Chronicles, Book One The Red Pyramid (new cover) (The Kane Chronicles (1)) Paperback – April 3, 2018
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Honestly, I would put money down on Riordan having written the outline of this book and then an inexperienced, teenager coming in and ghostwriting the rest. The book reads like the author has no idea what is going on either and a lot of the details are sloppy, inconsistent, and childish.
And even for Riordan, who has a pretty low bar in this area, the characters are paper-thin. Not even cardboard cut-outs. They are Graphene* thin.
Further, and I know this was the first instance of this for him, Riordan makes the error of switching POV when he honestly only has one voice (and that voice is perfectly fine for what he's trying to do). But it's not fine when you try to switch, but can't - like someone who insists on coloring the same picture with the same 3 pencils, in the same tones/personality, and then presenting them as distinct.
Made even worse by the fact that he insists on switching genders too. An 11-year old girl raised in London and a 14-year old boy raised between the U.S. and Egypt should not sound the same. Hell, my sister, brother, and I, raised together at 18-months apart each, with primarily the same life experiences do not sound the same.
Switching isn't a requirement so just stop doing it man! It's okay to not be good at something - it's not okay to refuse to recognize that.
While this was my 3rd attempt at trying to get through this book, first time in audio, it probably also didn't help having Kevin R. Free voicing one of the MCs. You can't be a Night Vale fan and not think that is the creepiest, most false, offputting voice in the world :/
In short: seriously disappointing, despite the low expectations. I only finally finished it because I've been stuck on "Read an Egyptian book" for a challenge for 2 months and this was part of Kindle unlimited. I will not read the rest of the series. But I will continue on with Riordan's Apollo and happily purchase the new illustrated Percy books.
*I googled this. Graphene is the thinnest material on earth at only one atom thick
This trilogy begins with The Red Pyramid. The main characters, Carter and Sadie Kane are brother and sister, but have not been raised in the traditional sense. Since the death of their mother, Sadie has been living with her grandparents, her mother’s parents, in London, attending traditional schools and living a normal life. Carter has been home-schooled and traveling the world with their father, Dr. Julius Kane, a famed Egyptologist. Twice a year, Dr. Kane is allowed to visit with Sadie in London. This is where our story begins.
The Kane family is bi-racial. Dr. Kane is African-American, while his deceased wife was British Caucasian. According to the descriptions given in the book, Sadie resembles their mother, while Carter resembles their father. This causes people to have a hard time believing they are brother and sister, especially since they only spend 2 days a year together. It likely doesn’t help that Sadie, being raised in London, speaks with a British accent and uses British slang quite frequently.
Dr. Kane tells the children that he has a special visit planned to the British Museum, a research experiment that will set things right for their family. He blames himself for the death of their mother, and the children wonder if this “experiment” has something to do with this.
Things go horribly wrong, however, and instead of fixing things, Dr. Kane ends up unleashing the Egyptian god Set, who immediately banishes him into oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.
Not long after, Sadie and Carter learn that the Egyptian gods are awakening, and the most evil of them, Set, has his sights on the Kanes. In order to stop him, the children must embark on a journey unlike they’ve ever experienced. They learn that their family’s history is not what it seems, and that their family has a link to a secret society tied closely to the pharaoh’s of Egypt.
This novel is action packed, full of historical references, and is told alternately by Sadie and Carter themselves. Mr. Riordan writes it as if he has been sent a cassette tape by Sadie and Carter, and is just transcribing their words. He even goes so far as to write an afterword, in his own voice, explaining that he has done some research on his own, and that based on what he’s found, it appears that the children are telling the truth.
It’s an interesting way to present the events in the book and I personally found it to be endearing. I can imagine that it would draw in younger readers, who the books are marketed to, even further. I read the Kindle edition, but just for information purposes, the paperback version is 192 pages.
I have always been intrigued by Egyptian mythology, which is what initially drew me to this series. I had already completed the Percy Jackson series, also by Mr. Riordan, which I loved, but was a bit hesitant to read this one due to the lower reading age, simply because I feared it would not hold my interest. I am glad that I decided to go forward with it anyway. I could not have been more wrong in my thinking.
Mr. Riordan’s writing will captivate readers of all ages. He gives a voice to each character that any reader will find something in that makes you want to keep reading. For me especially, it was Sadie. She’s only 12 years old, but she tries so hard to be much older, snarky, and in charge. I was very similar at her age, so I found myself connecting with her character almost immediately. With Carter, it’s his innocence. He has been a world traveler his entire life, yet, he has also been sheltered. As a parent, I just wanted to keep him safe.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories about mythology, action, and adventure. If you’ve read the Percy Jackson series or Heroes of Olympus series, I think you would enjoy this book and the subsequent two as well.
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Once again, there are thrills and spills, plot twists and lots of "he's the bad guy, no wait, HE'S the bad guy!". I had just come from reading one of my favourite sci-fi novels Dune and was thinking that a "kids" book would be a bit of a come down. Whilst not having the character depth and philosophy, it is nonetheless and great read for all ages. It has a touch of the Indiana Jones about it, whilst maintaining an originality that is rather rare in books nowadays.
Don't make the mistake of thinking it's a book for kids, and don't be put off by the film of Percy Jackson. If you read this, you are in for a real treat!
The plot is full of action, drama and humour and the characters are well developed throughout the book. I must admit, I can't help but love the novel.
The book itself was delivered in great condition and arrived on time, which I am very thankful for.
Indeed, I would recommend the book to any enthusiastic reader.
This book is about two siblings (Carter and Sadie) who are both descendants of two pharoh blood lines. Thet both have to save the world from the god of evil Set and save there father.
I would reccomend this book to ages 10+ as it is exiluating but may be to dificult or mature for younger readers.
I was pleasantly surprised when i heard about the Kane chronicles. We go from greek/roman mythology to Egyptian mythology. I have always been fascinated by the Egyptians and have found these a very good read.
It is very much written in a similar style as the Percy Jackson series and is both therefore easy to read & entertaining. The story is told from the point of view of the Kane siblings, each taking they're turn with the next chapter. Which is interesting and helps fill in a lot of the blanks.
Overall if you enjoyed the PJ series you will love this too. I found it amusing how in certain places there are references to the PJ storyline which only made me like this more.
I can't give a synopsis of it as I haven't read it myself, but apparently it is to do with Egyptian gods and myths (whereas Percy Jackson was based on the Greek gods) and is very exciting - my son couldn't put it down, and said every page was thrilling!