Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan

The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan

I love Riordan’s Tres Navarre mysteries and quite enjoyed his Percy Jackson series as well. When my youngest picked up The Red Pyramid, the first volume of the Kane Chronicles, I read it as well. This is very similar to Percy Jackson, although with a heavy Egyptian mythology instead of Greek. Maybe it is because I’m more versed in the classical, having devoured Edith Hamilton’s Mythology many, many times, but The Red Pyramid wasn’t as enthralling as The Lightning Thief. The formula still works—kids discover the myths are real and all around them in the present—and the humor and action are prevalent throughout; but, something just didn’t click for me. I found Percy Jackson and the Olympians to be a children’s series that worked as well for adults, but it appears the Kane Chronicles is truly for younger readers.

First Sentence:
We only have a few hours, so listen carefully.

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