Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Review - The Throne of Fire (The Kane Chronicles, Book 2) by Rick Riordan (4.5/5 stars)

The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: The Throne of FireReading level: Middle Grade/YA
Genre: Fantasy
Size: 464 Pages

Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Release Date: May 3, 2011
ISBN-13: 978-1423140566
Stand Alone or Series: 2nd book in the Kane Chronicles
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

This is the second book in the Kane Chronicles by Riordan.  The Kane Chronicles is supposed to be a trilogy with the third, and final, book being released in Spring of 2012.  This was a great addition to the series.

Carter and Sadie are back at home training their initiates in the use of the old prohibited magic of the Egyptian gods.  Then via dreams and messages they realize that they must find the Book of Ra and wake Ra in seven days or the world will end.  Of course nothing is ever easy and Carter and Sadie have a billion obstacles to overcome if they are going to get the pages of the book of Ra.

This was a fast-paced and action filled follow-up to the first book in this series.  There is a lot of humor woven throughout the story and I found myself laughing outloud a number of times and really enjoying Riordan's writing style.  I don't know nearly as much about Egyptian mythology as I do about Greek mythology; so there are lots of interesting things in this book to learn about Egyptian mythology.  It is also interesting to watch Sadie and Carter struggle to work through problems together as a family when they still don't know each other that well.

I was a bit disappointed that Bast wasn't in the story more, she is hands down my favorite character in this series.  She is replaced by the God of Dwarves who was an okay character, but kind of gross and not nearly of funny as Bast.  I am going to be honest and say that I am still not totally sold on Carter and Sadie; I don't know if I just don't relate to them well or what but I just don't find them as engaging as Percy and his friends.

A lot happens in this story and it ends well, but I am eager to see what happens in the next installment of the series when the group finally takes on the God Apropos.

Overall an excellent addition to this series.  Full of interesting Egyptian mythology and lots of adventure and action.  I am still not totally sold on Carter and Sadie, and because of that I was a bit slower reading this book than the Percy Jackson ones.  I still really enjoyed it; there is a lot of humor and the book is hard to put down.  I am eager to see how all of this concludes in the third book.  Definitely a good series for those who enjoyed Percy and the Olympians.  I would also recommend checking out the Theodosia series by R.L. LaFevers; this series is also humorous and features Egyptian mythology, although it is told from the viewpoint of a young girl.

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  1. This book, like the last is told from the points of view of dual protagonists: Carter Kane and Sadie Kane. For kids, this may be a bit daunting, as the switch back and forth involves two distinctly drawn characters with different voices. I like it, because my son, who normally shies away from books with female protagonists, is absolutely willing to read this.

  2. Hi Netherland,

    Thanks for mentioning the changing viewpoints. People who liked and familiar with the style of the first book in the series, The Red Pyramid, should find this book to be very similar in the way the story is told.

    I like the two viewpoints because it makes the story easily accessible by both girls and boys.