Review: “The Red Pyramid” by Rick Riordan

The Red Pyramid by Rick RiordanA review by Steve.

I chose to review The Red Pyramid because I love books/ series that take a creative twist on mythological and historical events. This one was far from disappointing. Carter and Sadie Kane are siblings with a strained relationship. After their mother passed away, they were separated. Carter travels the globe with their father researching ancient Egypt, and Sadie lives with her grandparents due to a nasty custody battle involving a spatula fight (read the book!). During one of their visits, their father destroys a priceless museum artifact and releases five Egyptian gods, including Set, the god of evil.

After he banishes their father, Set turns his attention on the kids, who barely escape. Now they are being hunted by the minions of Set and also the House of Life, an order of magicians who date back to ancient Egypt and have a grudge against anyone who aids the gods. On top of all this, Carter and Sadie learn they have magical powers dating back along their lineage to the pharaohs themselves and only have five days to learn how to control these abilities before the world ends.  A lot of pressure for a couple of kids.

The story links in a large amount of historical information about Egypt, along with myths and legends surrounding the ancient gods and practices attributed to them. Rick Riordan does an amazing job of narrating the book as both Sadie and Carter, and giving each their own voice. The plot rolls along smoothly and keeps the reader interested by mixing in action, drama, and suspense with a bountiful helping of education (the fun kind).  He also manages to keep true to ancient legends while continuing to give new life to stories that have been around for millennia.

I really enjoyed this book, and instantly dived into the rest of the series, including Throne of Fire and The Serpent’s Shadow, respectively. I also enjoy his other award winning series, the Percy Jackson novels. If you like these books and want to continue on the historical fiction kick, I also recommend The Heir Chronicles by Cinda Williams Chima. I hope these books engage and entertain you as much as they did for me.

My rating: 4/5 out of 5 stars.

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