Monday, June 7, 2010

Book Review: The Red Pyramind by Rick Riordan

I was so happy when this book came out. I missed my Percy Jackson, and I figured anything Rick Riordan writes would fill the void. This book is the first in a series called The Kane Chronicles. Let's get to it!

Plot: 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.

Thoughts: There are many aspects of this book that are very similar to the Percy Jackson series, but since I loved those books, I was OK with that. One of the first things that made me love this particular book is the little "shout-out" Riordan gave to his former book series. If you've never read the Percy Jackson series you won't get it, but if you have, you'll catch it...and it'll make you grin. :)
But enough about Percy Jackson, this book was extremely entertaining in it's own right. The story was exciting and the characters (the good and the not-so-good) are very likable. I'm not going to lie, there is one character who I decided to pictures as myself....because I'm a nerd like that. But anyway, another thing I enjoyed was the mythology, obviously. In Riordan's Greek mythology based series I could see what was coming, because I'm really familiar with all those names and legends. But with this book, Egyptian Mythology based, it was new territory. I enjoyed that aspect. I had studied Egyptian Mythology in my Myths and Legends class a few semesters ago, but I had forgotten most of it. I liked being surprised and I loved learning names and stories about Egypt.

Final score: I give this book a 9 out of 1o. The only reason I take off one point is due to the fact that I didn't actually get into the book until about 10 chapters in.