The Red Pyramid by: Rick Riordan
The Red Pyramid by: Rick Riordan 5/5 stars
Series: The Kane Chronicles
Published: May 4th, 2010
Page Count: 516
Genre: Fantasy/Middle Grade
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.
Review: SPOILERS FROM THIS POINT ON!
As usual Rick has made a incredible, pretty fast paced, super enjoyable, and hard to put down read. Unfortunately when I read this it took about a week to read because of my life being so busy, and frankly having little to no time to read. But still when I finished this book I was blown away into 200 pieces, and still steaming about a few hours later.
In the beginning we meet Carter aged 14 years old as usual traveling all around the world with his father in his one suitcase. Going to visit Sadie his sister raised by her grandparents living in England and sees her father twice a year. They go to visit a museum in Washington D.C. and their dad releases 5 Greek gods when using the Rosetta Stone to summon one particular Greek god. After that a gift that her dad gave her is a necklace which is The Eye of Horus randomly starts getting hot around Sadie's neck.
Now before Sadie gets deported to USA she gets to meet her Uncle Amos who at first was really mysterious to me, but grew and warmed up to me pretty fast. But anyway he takes us to his home in New York the 42nd nome of the world (Egypt was orignally divided into nomes but it went global). Seeing that Uncle Amos's house is a House of Life with the ankh symbol that Sadie is able to read hieroglyphics. Then we meet Khufu a baboon bulter type and I love him so freaking much!
Carter feeling dream travel or when your Ba travels to Duat, them learning that their father Julian was trying to summon Orisis the God of the Underworld to raise their mother from the dead. The first try Carter and Sadie get to go into the library the only place that Uncle Amos didn't allow them under any circumstance. Learning that their father summoned The Demon Days with Mother Nut producing 5 children in 5 days, and Julius unlocked those trying to contact Orisis.
Turning out that Sadie's cat Muffin is really the God of Cats- Bast who was protecting Sadie all along, I had a feeling that Sadie's cat would turn out to be a god of some sort. Being used throughout the whole entire book to help Sadie and Carter and along with Zia who was really a Shabiti discovered in the last few chapters in the book of the battle of The Red Pyramid.
Zia bringing them to the first nome in Egypt in the House of Life main center, meeting the Chief Lector at the time was Iskandar. At least until Iskander dies and then Desjardins takes Chief Lector... Worse day ever for Sadie and Carter who are trying to get killed basically every moment of their life. Which Sadie almost died looking at past events in the Hall of Ages, which almost killed her and her ba. Zia bringing them the next morning to a cleansing and getting the hieroglyph tattoo needed to perform magic. Seeing all types of magic you can do and they were amazed, and quite honestly so was I. Being a magician adding to the giant list of why don't these careers exist in real life so I can be one.
To fight the battle on the Red Pyramid with the Red Lord they travel to Washington, DC the largest magician monument in the world. Which us learning that Sadie is a godling for Isis and Carter is a godling for Horus, they are really useful throughout the whole book and without the gods they probably would've died at the beginning of their magician journey. And we meet Anibus- the god of funerals, and it's so cute how she has a crush on a god, but he does appear to her as a teenage boy so that probably has something to do with it.
Appartently Elvis was a magician because they break into his house to steal some magical items. Then we think that Bast dies, but its really just the cat she took form to Muffin dying. In the epic battle scene which OMG Rick can write some freaking amazing battle scenes and just books you never want to put down so *bows* hands down to the amazing genius. Carter having to take Sekhmet down who is a killing machine to put it bluntly, but once shes full of blood she goes back to the heavens or wherever. While Sadie and Zia battle Desjardins who it was the best battle scene I've ever read, or really all of his battle scenes he's ever written.
This book was amazing and I highly recommend it to anyone ever, even if you don't normally read mythology or middle grade this is a definitely must read series! It is great and will have me reading all of Rick's work. Plus Sadie's sarcasm is literally my spirit animal, and Carter is so funny and I love him for that! Rick can write the best characters I think ever written, their so strong that they feel like your in the room with them. And hands down and unlimited praise because of that. So anyway I have already read and finished the second book the Throne of Fire and can't wait to read the third and final book in this trilogy, though I'll miss all of the characters.
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