Friday, December 16, 2011

Book Review: The Throne of Fire


Published by Disney Hyperion
Release Date: May 2011
Genre: Young Adult
446 pages
Buy it on AmazonIndieBound or Barnes and Noble
Source: I own it

My thoughts:
It is possible that at this point, even Rick Riordan can't live up to my expectations of Rick Riordan.


Although this was a fun read, it is not at the top of my Favorite Rick Riordan Stuff list. This one was more mythology-driven than the other Riordan books, and in the process, some of the character interaction got lost. The usual silliness and banter seemed missing. Maybe it's because the characters are a little older that they seem in Percy's series, or maybe because the plot was so complicated that it ate up most of the 446 pages. Don't get me wrong, I love Riordan's stuff, and will continue to buy and read. This one just had a slightly different feel. On the upside, I feel much more knowledgeable about Egyptian mythology than I was before, and will carry that into the next book.
Summary from GoodReads:
Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven't given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians. 


And now their most threatening enemy yet - the chaos snake Apophis - is rising. If they don't prevent him from breaking free in a few days' time, the world will come to an end. In other words, it's a typical week for the Kane family. 


To have any chance of battling the Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. But that would be a feat more powerful than any magician has ever accomplished. 


First they have to search the world for the three sections of the Book of Ra, then they have to learn how to chant its spells. Oh, and did we mention that no one knows where Ra is exactly? 


Narrated in two different wisecracking voices, featuring a large cast of new and unforgettable characters, and with adventures spanning the globe, this second installment in the Kane Chronicles is nothing short of a thrill ride.


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