The Red Pyramid (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Red Pyramid To stop Egyptian god Set from going after their father, siblings Carter and Sadie 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.
- Published: 04 May 2010
- Format: Hardback 528 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781423113386 ISBN 10: 1423113381
- Sales rank: 22,889
Reviews for The Red Pyramid
Rick Riordan goes Egyptian.
It is a classic rick Riordan book. Full of action and ancient gods. However Egyptian gods are nothing like Greek gods. They are all serious and busy worrying about Seth. Well two average kids just pop into the story, Carter and Sadie Kane, one traveling the world with his Egyptian crazy dad the other couldn't care less, stuck in dull London not expecting anything to happen during her Christmas holidays. But Faith had other plans. When an ancient artifact explodes they are propelled through numerous monuments into an adventure neither of them would dream of entering. by andrea cini
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Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com
I started to read this book to my fifth graders, but it is long and the end of the year crept up on us and we didn't get to finish it. So I took it home and finished it myself. I loved it.
There are two main characters, Sadie and Carter Kane. They are brother and sister, but they are almost strangers to each other. When Sadie was 6 and Carter 8, their mother died and because of a bitter custody dispute, Sadie went with her mother's parents in London and Carter stayed with his dad. They only see each other two times a year. Carter travels with his father, an Egyptologist, and is home schooled, while Sadie goes to a public school in London. They really don't have much to say when they see each other.
One Christmas Eve, Carter and his father pick up Sadie and go to the British Museum for a research project. While there, Mr. Kane destroys the Rosetta Stone and unleashes five Egyptian gods into the world. He is entombed and leaves Carter and Sadie saddled with a mission to stop the god, Set, from destroying the world.
Many other reviewers have said that they couldn't tell the differences between Carter and Sadie's voices, but I could. Sadie was brash while Carter is more polite. They complimented each other in many ways. I loved getting two different points of view as I read.
Another character that I loved was Bast, the cat goddess, who took the form many times of Muffin, Sadie's cat. She was funny and you could tell she really loved the children. I had a little problem with the Egyptian mythology (I fell in love with Greek myths when I was younger), but enjoyed learning about it. I can't wait to read the next installment of THE KANE CHRONICLES!
*Gold Star Award Winner! by TeensReadToo
Courtesy of A Trillian Books
Being part way through Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (by the same author) I was really looking forward to reading The Red Pyramid. The tale is narrated by the two main characters, Sadie and Carter Kane, generally in chunks of two chapters and although on occasion I forgot who's turn it was, it was easy enough to remember as each page is marked with who's talking. I really liked both characters and the idea of them hardly knowing each other but having a natural sibling bond allows the reader to get to know them throughout the book as they reconnect with each other.
The story itself follows a similar style to the Percy Jackson books, with Sadie and Carter having a set time in which to reach their destination and complete their task, along the way running into various Gods, creatures and magicians who are trying to stop them. The main difference I found was that while I have a basic knowledge of Greek mythology (and so was able to second guess some of the Percy Jackson plots), I had no prior knowledge about Egyptian mythology before reading The Red Pyramid. It was fun to learn about it as I read the book as it made the story more than just an adventure. I have to admit I got a little confused with some of it at times, although I don't believe that was anything to do with the author or the writing. I think Egyptian mythology just is confusing - even the characters were confused at points!
The Red Pyramid is an exciting adventure story, combined with a fun way to find out about the Egyptians. a recommended read, especially if you're looking for a book for reluctant boy readers. by Tasha