The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan Book Review

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.

 

I spent my childhood going to museums and my favorite exhibits were always the ones about Egypt. When I found out one of my favorite authors was writing a series about Egyptian mythology I was ecstatic! I couldn’t wait to see how Rick Riordan would weave his story.

 

Here are a couple of things i enjoyed about The Red Pyramid(very minor to minimal spoilers ahead):

  • The world building was phenomenal! I loved how Riordan blends his stories with realism and mythology.
  • The character building. The way the author writes his characters and makes you become attached despite your best attempts to not become attached because let’s be honest here, Mr. Riordan is not the kindest when it comes to characters. He can enjoy seeing them suffer.
  • The fact that incest is actually addressed.  There is a lot of incest in Ancient Egyptian history.  It actually makes learning more about the culture of the pharaohs a little difficult. The way Mr. Riordan handles it is graceful and leaves no doubt in your mind that there is no incest in his books.
  • I have always enjoyed how the love story is not a big deal in Riordan’s books.  It helps us keep in mind that the character are in their young teens.  No young teenager needs to worry about being in love and finding the love of their life. There is plenty of time to do that when they are older.
  • In Chapter 9 she says ‘My dear, i’m a cat everything i see is mine’.  I have always loved cats i have 3 of them. They are simply the most precious and sassy animals in the world.
  • Not many authors are comfortable about addressing race in their books but something Riordan has always done well is talk about the realities of being one race or having a specific belief.  In The Red Pyramid the relationship between PoC(in particular African American men) and the Police. He is very open and honest and states things exactly how they are. He does not gently blow this topic off(which would be difficult since one of the main characters is a PoC)
  • One of the final things I appreciated in this book is the fact that Riordan makes little references to his other books. In particular he references the Percy Jackson Series. If you have not read the Percy Jackson books you won’t understand the reference but if you do you will immediately be saying to yourself ‘I see what you did there’.

This book is perfect for anyone who wants a story that has an adventure but isn’t all consumed in romance. I feel like most adventure books are more absorbed in the romance and use that as a point to move the plot along but in my opinion none of Riordan’s books do that.  This book is technically middle grade so it is also very easy to read.

Overall I give this story 4.5 Bards!

The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid


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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Popular Authors I’ve Never Read

1. Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl is a big deal, and evidently I’m missing out.  Although I probably won’t have time to read the book until after the movie comes out, so I’ll probably end up seeing the movie first.

2. Jodi Picoult
Every synopsis of her books that I’ve ever read has made me feel like I would cry when I read it.  So I’ve avoided them.

3. George R.R. Martin
I own the first of the Song of Ice and Fire novels, but since it isn’t exactly a genre that i review frequently here on A Midsummer Night’s Read (Adult Fantasy) I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet!

4. Mary Higgins Clark
When I was growing up there was always a Mary Higgins Clark book on my mom’s bedside table.  However, I never have been interested in reading any of her novels.

5. Tom Clancy
I have seen a ton of movies based off of his books, but I’ve never read any of them.

6. Nora Roberts
Another of my mother’s favorites, she puts out so many books there is no possible way for me to keep up!

7. Rick Riordan
I want to read his Percy Jackson novels so much, I’m just normally not a big middle grade reader so I’ve been putting it off for a while.

8. Kurt Vonnegut
Don’t throw things at me!  I just haven’t been able to read any of them yet!

9. Melissa De La Cruz
Another author that I own a number of her novels, but I am yet to actually read one.

10. Stephanie Perkins
Lola and the Boy Next Door, Anna and the French Kiss, etc…why have I not read these?

 

What are some famous authors that you’ve never read?

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