Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles #2) by Rick Riordan

Genre: fantasy & adventure
Series and Book #: Kane Chronicles #2
Pages: 446

Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister, Sadie, have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command; but the devious gods haven’t given them time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, a training ground for young magicians. And now their most threatening enemy yet—the Chaos snake, Apophis—is rising. If they don’t prevent him from breaking free in a few days’ time. The world will end. In other words, it’s a typical week for the Kane family.

To have any chance of battling the forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god, Ra. But that would be a feat more difficult than any magician has ever accomplished. First they have to search the world for the Book of Ra, then they have to learn how to chant its spells. Oh—and did we mention that no one knows where Ra is, exactly?


Loved the second book in the series, and can't wait for more! Rick's writing is simple but funny, action packed, and so intriguing!

One thing I hate about sequels; the author has to reexplain everything. Especially in a complex book where so much is going on all at once. Rick retold some facts at the beginning of the book, and throughout the rest of the story, he added snippets from the prequel The Red Pyramid (see my review here). He didn't retell the entire first novel, which was much appreciated.

Again, I loved Sadie and Carter Kane's narration of the story. They are so different in how they see the events. Rick also did an amazing job of all his characterizations, both in the first and second novels.

Overall, I definitely will be waiting anxiously for the next in this series. The Egyptian mythology is difficult to understand but interesting. Rick makes is all the more enjoyable by adding fascinating tidbits from the modern world. I really recommend this to any readers looking for spunk, humor, and adventure.

The Cover: Relates to the story wonderfully.

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