Fantasy · fiction · young adult

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

The Red Pyramid

Author: Rick Riordan [also wrote the Percy Jackson series]

Pages [ebook]: 359

Memorable Quote: “Set animal is too hard to say,” I decided. “I think I’ll call you Leroy.”

Favorite Characters: Horus, Sadie, Doughboy


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.


I loved Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series and so wasn’t sure whether The Red Pyramid, the first book of a planned series, would own up to my expectations. All in all, it’s pretty much exactly like Percy, except with Egyptian, not Greek, gods and that the point of view alternates between a brother and a sister.

When you read this, be prepared to laugh. The same humor that fills the Percy Jackson books can be found here. Carter and Sadie fight like any other brother and sister, and the arguements they have are among the best scenes of the book. The battle of Leroy and the chicken-man, however, is another story. 🙂

I love this book, and though it’s supposed to be written for kids 12 & under, I think older people will enjoy it too, because I sure did. It’s cute, funny, and action-packed, with monster fight scenes and suspense lurking around every corner.

I give The Red Pyramid 4/5 stars.

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