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The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

The Red Pyramid (2010)

by Rick Riordan

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Series: The Kane Chronicles (1)

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    The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (aps3644)
    aps3644: More of Riordan's magic in a different local.
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    The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott (deslivres5)
    deslivres5: Brother-sister twins from modern San Francisco work with the famous alchemist Nicholas Flamel with and against various creatures from European myth and folklore to preserve ancient secrets.
  3. 20
    Fablehaven by Brandon Mull (elbakerone)
    elbakerone: Another great fantasy for young readers centered around a brother and sister!
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    Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors (PamFamilyLibrary)
    PamFamilyLibrary: No gods in this one, but it's got a similar style of humor and action. Well plotted.

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Overall, I liked the storyline, but there were a few misses for me to give anything over 3 stars.

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What I liked:

Greatly enjoyed the Egyptian theme, as I have always found Ancient Egypt quite fascinating.
I liked the characters of Carter, Amos, Bast and Zia, and found myself looking for Carter's viewpoint over Sadie's, as I found him a more interesting character.

What I didn't care for:

The parentheses. They were a distraction and a bit juvenile. To be fair, though, the target age for this novel is 10-14.
The story crawled at the beginning, and didn't pick up until at least half-way through the book.
I thought the parents of Carter and Sadie seemed weak, as supporting characters go. It's one thing to write how sacrificing they are, another to have that sacrifice come across as believeable in the story.
Sadie. Didn't dislike her so much as I'm not yet sure what to make of her.

I thought the journey with The Red Pyramid was a good one, not a great one; good enough to give The Throne of Fire a go. I am hoping for more character development in the second book. ( )
  Cathy_Lynn | Apr 6, 2017 |
The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles #1) by Rick Riordan is a graphic novel for kids. The illustrations are great, the fonts are easy to read. The story is wonderful and easy to follow. The characters are unique and fun, at least the good ones! All characters were well developed and memorable. I thought this would be a small comic book sized novel but it was a large, full length novel. A novel and a movie in one! Lots of surprises and action. A great book for kids and us oldies that pretend to be kids! I got this book from the library. ( )
  MontzaleeW | Mar 21, 2017 |
not my cup of tea ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
Carter and Sadie are siblings that become estranged after their mother's death. Dr. Kane brings them back together and they are thrust into a dangerous journey against the gods of ancient Egypt.
  Jennifer LeGault | Nov 2, 2016 |
The Red Pyramid is a good book filled with action and adventure while tying in elements of traditional literature with modern fantasy by way of Egyptian mythology. The story follows two siblings as they are tasked with stopping the evil god Set from rising to power. Being a modern fantasy novel the book contains a simple message about the fight between good and evil; however, because of the integration of Egyptian mythology the books message is slightly altered to be about the fight to maintain order in the universe and prevent the spread of chaos. Two strong points within the story are the use of multiple perspectives by telling the story from two characters points of view and the integration of Egyptian mythology into the story. The Multiple perspective comes from the two main character, Carter and Sadie, taking turns to narrate the each chapter. The alternating chapters allows for the reader to gain insight on the characters thoughts and emotion during certain events while also providing a different point of view of each event based on the thoughts of the different characters. One part that exemplifies the different viewpoints comes at near the beginning of the text when their father releases the Egyptian gods back into the world resulting in his death. Carter is crushed by this because he had been travelling with his father for several years and knew his dad was the only one he could trust. Sadie was saddened; however not as much as Carter because she had lived with their grandparents most of her life. She in fact is a little annoyed by her father's death because it caused a chain of events that force her to leave her comfortable life in London. The book also effectively incorporates the use of Egyptian mythology into the text. Thus mixes traditional literature into a work of modern fantasy. The use of Egyptian mythology works to draw in readers who have an interest in the mythology, and works to entertain readers as well as educate the reader about the mythology as it appears in the book. A part of the book that works to entertain and educate the reader is the sequence where Carter and Sadie are receiving magic lessons. this scene is entertaining as it introduces the concept of magic to the main characters, and it informs the reader about the ancient Egyptian views on magic and its was used during ancient times. Overall The Red Pyramid is a solid book that fuses traditional literature with modern fantasy and expertly uses multiple perspectives and Egyptian Mythology to create an exciting story that any fan of Egyptian mythology would enjoy. ( )
  tbaker13 | Oct 20, 2016 |
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“The Red Pyramid” is in almost every way an improvement over its predecessors, deeper and more emotionally resonant, and with an underlying moral and philosophical semi-seriousness. None of which takes away from the thrills.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Riordan, Rickprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Free, Kevin R.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, JoannCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kellgren, KatherineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rekiaro, IlkkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rocco, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wuthrich, MaryDirectorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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After their father's research experiment at the British Museum unleashes the Egyptian god Set, Carter and Sadie Kane embark on a dangerous journey across the globe--a quest which 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.… (more)

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