Title: The Kane Chronicles
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Mythology | Young Adult/Middle Grade | Fantasy
Summary (for the first book):
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 – 4 out of 5 stars
- The Throne of Fire – 3 out of 5 stars
- The Serpant’s Shadow – 3.5 out of 5 stars
◄ 4 out of 5 stars ►
The Red Pyramid
First of all I would like to mention that this trilogy is nothing like the Percy Jackson series. Not that I thought it would be, but I’m guessing that most people read that series and I feel like I should mention it. The whole concept of the trilogy is very different in a very good way. Now, that that is out of the way – let’s get into the actual review!
The whole magic system and take on Egyptian mythology and gods was very interesting. I don’t think I have ever before encountered anything similar to it. I loved learning more and more as the story progressed. Plus it was fascinating finding out more about Egyptian mythology, something I wasn’t overly familiar with before. Thank you Rick Riordan for teaching me more about another cultures gods and mythology!
This book is written in two points of view. One is from Carter and the other from Sadie, they alternate throughout the whole book. Meaning we get one chapter from Carter, then one from Sadie, then one from Carter again and so on.
The two main characters in this book, Carter and Sadie, are siblings who aren’t very close with each other. They are practically strangers. Why? Well, after the death of their mother Carter went to live with his dad, who is an archeologist and travels a lot, while Sadie stayed with her grandparents (from the mothers side of the family) in London. They only saw each other twice a year, which resulted in them not really having a relationship. One of my favourite things in this book was the progression of their relationship. They went from strangers, to kind of friends, to trusting each other a lot. I just loved seeing their progress, as their adventures continued.
There is quiet a bit of racial diversity in these book, with both the main characters and the side characters. (Though more diverse characters start appearing in the second and third book.) Just though I would mention that as well.
This book deals with loss and sacrifices as well. Coming to terms with the death of their mother and the disappearing of their father (which happens in the beginning, so it’s not a spoiler). I feel as if these themes were very well done, the emotions felt very genuine and I sympathised with both siblings.
Of course there was humour in this book as well. What else would you expect from Rick Riordan? I really enjoyed the banter and comedy in this book. (Though I have to say, that it’s nowhere near the hilarity of Percy Jackson – just wanted to “warn” you about that.)
Now onto something, or rather someone, I didn’t like at all. And that’s Sadie. She seriously annoyed me the whole time and I really didn’t like her. (I still don’t, even after reading all the books.) This is more of a situation where: it’s me, not you. I just personally don’t like characters like Sadie and I especially don’t like reading from their point of view. And this book is basically half of that. It didn’t bother me that much though, as Carter balanced everything out for me, even when the chapter was in Sadie’s point go view – which I was very thankful for.
I felt as if the book was weirdly paced at times, some things dragged on a bit while other were filled with action. This whole story was action packed and quiet a few unexpected things happened as well.
Overall, this book was really good. It was a very fun and enjoyable adventure and I can only recommend it! Especially if you already love Rick Riordan’s writing, or just mythology in general.
The Throne of Fire
There will be NO SPOILERS in this review!
This was my least favourite book of the whole trilogy. Why? Mostly because of Sadie. As I already mentioned, I really didn’t like her – and with this book I disliked her even more. She seriously NEEDS to sort out her priorities. She seriously frustrated me this whole book.
I mentioned earlier that Carter balanced her out and I still could enjoy the book despite really disliking her. (I kind of want to say hating her, but also don’t.) Well, in this book they get separated for some time and then her chapters were torture for me. I just couldn’t stand her and it was brought to my attention a lot in this book.
I also didn’t really care about any of the romantic relationships in this book at all. I don’t know, they felt really weird and kind of unnecessary, if I’m being honest. I think without them this book (and the whole trilogy) would have been a lot better.
In this book quiet a few new characters were introduced and they are very interesting. I just wanted to find out more about them! Two of my favourites were Walt and Jaz, I really enjoyed reading about both of them. In this book we also learned more about the House of Life and how it actually functions, which I found very fascinating. Same goes with the magic system and the types of magic that can be used.
I still enjoyed the sibling relationship, though there was one scene I really hated – which I can’t mention because of spoilers. XD If you have read the book as well, feel free to ask me what it was. I just enjoy reading about their relationship, as I generally enjoy sibling relationships in books (and I haven’t read nearly enough of books with them in it).
The plot of this one was very interesting. It was still fast paced and I really liked the direction it went. I can’t say much more about it, as it would spoil things and I don’t want that. Overall, this book was a solid continuation and a fun story as well.
The Serpents Shadow
There will be NO SPOILERS in this review!
I don’t actually know how to write about this book. All the thoughts I have are quiet spoiler-y and I don’t want to write them down, for obvious reasons. So I will be as vague as possible and this one won’t be as long as the other two reviews.
First of all I would like to say that I really like the way this story went and how the plot progressed. I was very satisfied with the ending of the story as well. I just felt as if it wrapped up very nicely. Though there is one thing that didn’t get resolved – if you want a conclusion to that you need to read the crossover novellas with the Percy Jackson series, starting with The Son of Sobek. (I already had all of the novellas – that’s why the lack of resolution on that one matter didn’t bother me, as it otherwise would have.)
There were, of course, some things that bothered me. But I can’t really get into those, without spoiling anything, so I won’t. I sill disliked Sadie, but in this book she was balanced out a lot more with Carter (than in the previous book), so I found reading about her a lot less bothersome. Also, I still didn’t care about the romantic relationships – I stand by saying that these books would have been a lot better without any romance at all. There is one specific pairing that annoyed the hell out of me! (But I can’t mention it, because it’s a huge spoiler.)
Overall it was a good conclusion and a great way to wrap this series up!
This trilogy was a really fun and interesting read. I learned a lot of new things about Egyptian gods and the mythology. I would highly recommend this trilogy to everyone!
Have you read this trilogy already? What did you think of it? Do you plan on reading it? Let me know!
Thank you very much for reading my review. I hope you have a wonderful day!