The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (Book One of the Kane Chronicles)

You don’t even realize you’re missing something in Percy Jackson until you read this book and discover how much better it was. Don’t get my wrong, Percy Jackson was excellent, but in his newest series we got an even deeper connection and depth to the depth.

Sadie and Carter are siblings. You wouldn’t know it though. Not only have they not grown up together but Carter takes after their father (who is black) and Sadie takes after their mother (who is white). Sadie has a British accent from growing up with her grandparents in England while Carter sounds American (he’s grown up backpacking around the world with his dad). They aren’t very close because they don’t know each other very well, but all that changes.

Their mother’s death happened under mysterious circumstances and their father has been keeping secrets from them. And when he blows up the Rosetta Stone, everything changes. For one thing, he releases five Egyptian gods, including Set who intends to destroy the world. They discover a royal heritage, magic abilities, and how to host Gods.

As always, Riordan manages to mix mythology and reality to create a seamless story. There’s so much going on, but he manages to keep the it all straight, make all the details add up, and leave you guessing.

Best of all, Riordan really delves into Sadie and Carter’s minds. You feel like you know them, understand their fears and sorrows, you relate to each one for different things. Like Percy, these kids have a difficult relationship with their parents, but unlike Percy, the relationship feels complex. You are as torn as they are about how they should relate to their parents. Should Sadie be furious with her father for not raising her? Should Carter be furious for never growing up with friends and a home? Can they learn to relate to each other?

To my delight, this book is even longer than the Percy series, giving you even more time to enjoy it.

Also like Percy, you get a sense of something much bigger happening than what you see. And that mystery only adds to the excitement. The story has more intricate detail than Percy, but it is just as comprehensive.

Ultimately, you come away feeling satisfied with what you’ve read and excited to continue on the journey and see where it takes you.


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