The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (The Kane Chronicles #1)

The Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan

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.


This is my first Rick Riordan book . . . *holds up shield to prevent tomatoes from hitting face*


I feel like there’s nothing wrong with this book. Just that I didn’t completely love it—there were points where I was really enjoying this book, but I didn’t completely love it. So, because I, personally, am unsure about my feelings towards this book, I’m giving this a 3.5 out of 5 stars.


Meet Carter:

“Carter Kane, 14, died tragically in Paris when he was eaten by his sister’s cat Muffin.”   

Meet Sadie:

“I just love family meetings. Very cozy, with the Christmas garlands round the fireplace and a nice pot of tea and a detective from Scotland Yard ready to arrest you.”

These two are the best pair of brother-sister kicking butt people/god hosts that I’ve ever read about! I thought that the narration was really cool: basically it’s like we’re listening to Carter and Sadie tell us the story through a “recorder” even though we’re really reading it!


I thought the first quarter of the book was slow. I was keeping up with the action and revelations, and then at one point I would become completely confused. So, I don’t think that I was really “going with the flow” for this one.


I LOVED the dual POV’s. Usually, I’m not a fan of dual POV’s, but Rick Riordan pulled this off really well! :D Obviously, Sadie’s was my favorite! Her POV’s are life.

“‘I’m the god of funerals. I know every death custom in the world—how to die properly, how to prepare the body and soul for the afterlife. I live for death.’


‘You must be fun at parties,’ I said.”

The action was great! Another thing I really liked was that this was wrapped up very nicely, so I didn’t have to worry about this being a long continuation of the series. I think this stuck to the mythology pretty well, I didn’t think that there was anything wrong with the way Riordan portrayed anything.


Overall, The Red Pyramid was an enjoyable book, but I’m pretty double-minded on enjoyable or an okay read. I think that if you’re a middle-grader you should definitely pick this book up and show your thoughts on this book! Meanwhile, I’m going to check out The Throne of Fire to see how I enjoy The Kane Chronicles.


Thanks for reading my review everyone and hope you have a great day! :D