The Throne of Fire
Author: Rick Riordan [also wrote:
Pages : [hardcover] 452
Book 2 in the Kane Chronicles
Book 1: The Red Pyramid
Sometimes, it takes us a while to appreciate something new, something that might change us for the better.
favorite characters: bes & walt
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 much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become 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 come to an 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 powerful than any magician has ever accomplished.
First they have to search the world for the three sections of 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?
Narrated in two different wisecracking voices, featuring a large cast of new and unforgettable characters, and with adventures spanning the globe, this second installment in the Kane Chronicles is nothing short of a thrill ride.
I’ve been in love with Rick Riordan’s novels ever since I picked up the first Percy Jackson book two years ago. He has an awesome amount of creativity when it comes to reimagining mythology in the modern world, whether it be Greek, Roman, or Egyptian. While I’ve never disliked anything I’ve read by him thus far, I do have to say that the Kane Chronicles isn’t my favorite. Or, as Sadie would say, just isn’t my cup of tea.
I know a lot of people like to compare this series to the Percy Jackson one, which I don’t think is very fair, even if it is written by the same person. Sure, there were a few references to those books in The Throne of Fire, which made me laugh and were definitely awesome, that’s about where the similarity stops. Oh, and the fact that they both involve mythology. But that’s a given. Egyptians and Greeks don’t really have much in common, when they’re immortal and all-powerful.
Sadie and Carter narrate this novel alternately, and I can’t tell which voice is my favorite. They both have their up and down points, and it’s entirely frustrating when one of them gets to an interesting part and hands the microphone off to the other one for a while. Seriously. Mr. Riordan is in love with suspense. There were times when I wanted to skip ahead just to see what was happening to one set of characters while the others went about their own business. Thankfully I was interested enough in all parts to not rifle through the pages, but there were some droll points that were harder to wade through.
Overall, I liked The Throne of Fire, though it took me a while to get into it. I’ll be continuing this series, but won’t be jumping to get it. I’ll probably rent it from the library, eventually, after it comes out.
IMAGINATIVELY INTRIGUING. 3/5 stars