Friday, 2 July 2010

11+: The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles) - Rick Riordan


Carter and Sadie have nothing in common but their parents: their father Dr. Julius Kane, a brilliant Egyptologist, and their mother, a famed archaeologist who died under mysterious circumstances when they were young. The siblings barely know each other, but one night, their father brings them together at the British Museum, promising a 'research experiment' that will set things right for their family. His plans go horribly wrong. An explosion unleashes an ancient evil - the Egyptian god Set who banishes Dr. Kane to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives. Now orphaned, Carter and Sadie must embark on a dangerous quest - from Cairo to Paris to the American Southwest, to save their father and stop Set from destroying everything they care about...


Having loved Rick’s Percy Jackson series I really couldn’t wait to get my grubby little mitt’s on this offering. What unfurls within is, as you’d expect from this author, beautifully well written with an imagination that really will keep the readers glued to the pages within. Not only has he taken to setting his tale within the same world as Percy Jackson but it has got its own Parthenon. Add to the mix some cracking combat, great exploration and some almost photographical descriptiveness and its going to be the start of something big.

Although that’s all said the biggest problems caused by this offering will be the arguments in regard to which set of gods have which part of NYC. LOL

1 comment:

  1. I'm willing to give this a chance since my son loves Percy Jackson, but honestly, it sounds way too much like Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow by James Rollins (which came out in April 2009) for my liking. I know sometimes that happens with books. Two authors have strikingly similar ideas at the same time (sort of like Disney and Dreamworks), but it always bothers me. Hope I'm wrong in this case (I'll still be waiting for paperback though -- the boy has a lot of reading material).