Thursday, May 26, 2011

Review - The Red Pyramid

The Red Pyramid
Author - Rick Riordan
Genre - YA/Fantasy
Pages - 516
ISBN - 1423113381

Since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them —Set— has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe - a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs

The Red Pyramid is told through the eyes of brother and sister duo Carter/Sadie, and uses Egyptian mythology instead of Riordans more known Greek pantheon.

After witnessing thier father being entombed in a sarcophagus and dissapearing into the floor, Sadie and Carter are now on a journey to rescue him and stop Set, the evil god who wants to destroy everything. They are accompanied by Bast, the cat goddess, Zia a member of a secret society and meet a host of gods/goddesses such as: Anubis, Sehkmet, Sobak, and others. The magic system in the book was quite good, it was diffrent then others i have read and though it was simple it was interesting and added fun to the story. The book is broken up by chapters of either Sadie or Carter talking telling thier story,

I vastly enjoyed when Carter was talking more. Sadie although 12 is mature for her age, however rather annoying. Her inane comments about things got old and tired by the end and i would have rather liked the whole thing to be told by Carter, who was much more serious and not so slap humorish. I did like how Sadie grew and by the end it seemed like Sadie and Carter really liked each other and it was nice to see them as a family.

The action as always is fast and fierce. I think that is why i like Riordans writing so much, there are no lenghty fillers where all the party is doing is talking, his books are full of fighting, running and magic. Although there are some parts where it seemed a bit unrealistic, in the fact that a major character will come in, leave then come back later in the game, it didnt leave with the sence of loss when a person did this because you knew they would come back. The ending however, was sad and i liked that it did not end super happy like others, it was more bitter-sweet than anything and i enjoy that type of ending.


  1. Angela Ackerman said...
    I just picked up book 2 and am looking forward to it. While this series hasn't hooked me as strongly as The Olympians, I'm still enjoying it.

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse
    Tasha said...
    I'm currently reading the second book of this series and really enjoying it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
    TheBookAddictedGirl said...
    I so have to read this series! It looks amazing, as I loved Riordan's Percy Jackson series.
    Thanks for the great review!
    Andrea said...
    I didn't like this book as well as the Percy Jackson or Heroes of Olympus books, but it was a good book. I still plan on reading book 2. Thanks for the review of The Red Pyramid.
    Jamie Kline said...
    I've heard of this book before, but wasn't sure if I wanted to read it or not. I liked your review and I think I will check it out (even though you said the sister gets kind of annoying, overall it does sound like a good read!).

    Jamie @ Bookerella

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