Review: The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1)

Title:  The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1)
Author:  Rick Riordan
Published:  May 4, 2010
Author’s Website:  http://www.rickriordan.com/home.aspx
Genre:  Children’s to Young Adult, Fantasy
Review:  Riordan just seems to have a knack (or maybe just a dedicated work ethic) for bringing mythos to life.  The Red Pyramid is a great first book in doing for Egyptian Mythology what he did for Greek Mythology in the Percy Jackson series.  Again, the protagonists are young.  Again, the protagonists have latent magical powers that are now surfacing.  Again, the protagonists have to make several stops to collect items they’ll need in the final battle.  Again, it’s going to be the end of the world if the protagonists don’t figure out how to use their developing powers to defeat the antagonists.  I smell a pattern, but, you know what?  It completely works.  In The Red Pyramid, Riordan tells the story through the two very distinct voices (point of view) of a brother and sister who barely know each other.  While relating their versions of the story, the brother and sister heckle and poke fun at each other like only siblings can, but also learn a bit about how each has grown up and begin to understand why they act like they do.
Bottom Line:  I highly recommend the book, especially for kids (roughly) 4th through 8th grade.  It’s easy to read, has a great pace, and is riddled with humour.
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3 thoughts on “Review: The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1)

  1. mcweber August 31, 2011 / 10:48

    History? Myths? Egypt? These are all the things that made me love reading as a kid! And now, my daughter will love this (as will I from how it sounds)! Can’t wait to get my hands on the book :-). Thanks for the recommend!

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