Book Review: The Red Pyramid By Rick Riordan

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Title: The Red Pyramid | Series: Kane Chronicles 1 | Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Fantasy | Adventure
Pages: 516
Publication: 2010, Puffin Books
Source: Self Bought
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Rating: 5/5


I guess it started the night our Dad blew up the British Museum…

Carter and Sadie Kane’s dad is brilliant Egyptologist with a secret plan that goes horribly wrong. An explosion shatters the ancient Rosetta Stone and unleashes Set, the evil god of chaos…

Set imprisons Dr Kane is a golden coffin, and Carter and Sadie are forced to run for their lives. To save their dad, they must embark on a terrifying quest from Cairo and Paris to the American South-west and discover the truth about their family’s connection to the House of Life

: an Egyptian temple of magic that has existed for thousands of years.

The pharaohs of ancient Egypt are far from dead and buried. And so, unfortunately are their gods…


The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

‘The Red Pyramid’ by Rick Riordan is all about Egypt, its splendour and its fascinating magical culture. The adventure sets its own pace with snarky comments and vivid imagination. It is the first of the “Kane Chronicles” series about Egypt Gods, magicians and teenage heroes.

I have had a special affection for Egyptian lore, ever since the movie ‘The Mummy’ was released. It is impossible for one not to think about its gigantic marvels without wondering how they did it. God power? Aliens? Magic? Or as archaeologists theorize – Massive slavery?

Fair means everyone gets what they need. And the only way to get what you need is to make it happen yourself.

The Red Pyramid is a fantasy novel that brings in the Egyptian civilization with native Gods, a hidden cult of thousands of years called ‘House of Life’ and two blue blooded teenagers.

It takes strength and courage to admit the truth.

The story is told through the two Kane Children – Carter and Sadie as a broadcast message over radio.The first couple of chapters itself immediately hooks with the story. A massive explosion at the London Museum, a maniacal God, disappeared dad, two Egyptian pursuers and unconscious kids.The story takes off from there marvelously. From London to an underground headquarters of a hidden cult,the kids chase their enemy with the time ticking off to save their dad.

The Red Pyramid is an urban fantasy set in a world hidden from the mundane people. Be ready for denim wearing gods, magicians with wands and staffs, and loads and loads of Egyptian references. We come to know a lot of Egyptian history – Its kings, dynasties and its magical vein. These tidbits are peppered throughout with a grain of fiction and without reducing the readers with boredom.

The characterization of Carter and Sadie was notable in that they grew into their role as the story proceeded with quirks and flaws. Carter was more mature and introverted, and  Sadie flamboyant and outspoken. Their unique upbringing is a massive criterion for their disposition but they slowly grow into it. I liked Carter more than Sadie for his calm demeanor, practical way of thinking and easy acceptance of his role. Sadie was witty, impish and headstrong. They grew from two strangers to a family with trust and friendship.The dynamics of the brother sister duo filled up the entire span of the novel and played out well.

Next in Line to The Red Pyramid

A lot of knots are still undone at the end of the book setting a fabulous premise for the next in the series to the The Red Pyramid – ‘The Throne of Fire’. There is a lot to look forward to: What happens to Amos? The dynamics of Zia and Carter. I’m so very much looking forward for the denim hunk, Anubis. Oh Sadie, Are you in trouble?

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