Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Review: The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan

4.5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Perfect ending!!

The Serpent's Shadow is book #3 in The Kane Chronicles series. It continues 6 months after book #2 The Throne of Fire where Carter & Sadie and friends had 5 days to find the sleeping retired sun god Ra and wake him after finding the 3 parts of the Book of Ra which has the spells necessary to awaken the sleeping God. If they can't wake Ra for help then the giant snake of chaos, Apophis, will escape from his prison, devour the sun, and destroy the order of the world.

Carter and Sadie are back once again this time Apophis has escaped his prison and is slowly picking off the other magician nomes around the world. It appears he is after copies of a specific scroll that may give insight on how to defeat him. However, before they can get to the last copy at the 51st nome exhibit in Dallas minions of Apophis destroys it as well. Lucky for Sadie a crazy magician (Setne) tells her if she helps him and retrieves a golden box then there is a possibility to still defeat Apophis. Unsure what the golden box even does she takes it from the Dallas exhibit and later turns out to be the shadow box of King Tut.

After much deliberating Carter and Sadie has decided that the only way to defeat Apophis is to execrate his shadow which would require great powers that they don't even have and even if they try the execration it may kill them. However, the only way to get the execration spell is from the Book of Thoth which only the evil psychotic magician Setne has. Sadie and Carter has to then make a deal that if Setne helps them retrieve the Book of Thoth then their dad/Osiris, the God of the afterlife, will take his good deeds into account when sending him to the afterlife.

Unfortunately, while Carter and Sadie are on their mission to find the Book of Thoth they find out that Sarah Jacobi and Kwai (delinquent rebel magicians) has secretly teamed up with Apophis and is trying to turn the other magicians against the Chief Lector, Amos Kane, by accusing him of being possessed by the God of evil Set.

Let me start off by saying this was a great series! I think that it was different from Riordan's usual work and it turned out to be enjoyable.

With that being said it did have its flaws. The character development could've used a little work, the world building could've been better, and the magic system could have been more detailed. I know he could've done more with the series but I can't help to wonder why he didn't? Maybe he lost interest in the Kane Chronicles after book one? I only wonder that because 1.) Rick usually writes 5 book series and this was a trilogy. 2.) The books got smaller as each book progressed. 3.) We all know he has the talent to take series and take them beyond just simple characters, okay magic/fighting system, and one deminision world building.. So why didn't he do that like he done with the PJs or HoO series?

Don't get me wrong I really liked the series but I didn't feel much connection to the characters and the series could've been better.

However, it was still a fun adventure, very different route than he usually takes, it was a unique concept and overall a great series to get you introduced to Egyptian Mythology!

Now to read the short story cross over: Demigods & Magicians: Percy and Annabeth Meet the Kanes

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Review: The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

4.5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Great fun adventure!

The Throne of Fire is book #2 in The Kane Chronicles series. It continues 3 months after book #1 The Red Pyramid where Carter and Sadie's father Julius Kane exploded the Rosetta Stone releasing several Egyptian Gods & Goddesses which took host in their bodies and others. Among the Gods that got released was the God of chaos Set who once is released imprisons Julius Kane in a inescapable sarcophagus. Carter and Sadie are then sent on a quest to stop Set from building a red pyramid which will become the pillar of chaos and make him unstoppable if they don't stop him on his birthday December 29th.
Now: In 5 days on the spring equinox, Apophis, the giant snake of chaos will escape from his prison, devour the sun, and destroy order in the world causing chaos if Carter & Sadie Kane can't find the retired sun god, Ra , and awaken him from his sleep. First their quest is to find the 3 parts of the Book of Ra which contains the spells necessary to wake Ra from his sleep.

On top of their end-of-the-world deadline one night while sleeping Sadie's ba (soul) leaves her body and travels to the House of Life's headquarters where she sees Desjardins, the Chief Lector of the House of Life, discussing their plans to destroy Brooklyn House with a horribly scarred man named Vladimir Menshikov who appears to be trying to persuade Desjardins to go the violent route and prevent Carter and Sadie plus destroy their home at the Brooklyn House.

Meanwhile both Sadie & Carter are having relationship problems. Carter is taking his search for Zia Rashid to a new extreme and Sadie has complicated feelings for two boys, Walt Stone a new trainee in the Brooklyn House and Anubis a five thousand year old jackal-headed God of death and funerals.

What can I say that I haven't in any of my previous Rick Riordan book reviews? He's a terrific writer and makes you want to read all of his books! I recommend all and anything that his name is on :)

The series is pretty good so far. I like this book a bit more since they added a few more characters, it could use some work but it's definitely a fun adventure as with all Rick's books.

I can't wait to continue to the final book in The Kane Chronicles series book #3: The Serpent's Shadow

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Review: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

4.5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Very good book!

The Red Pyramid is book #1 in The Kane Chronicles series. The book is told written as a recording by brother and sister Carter and Sadie Kane.

It follows the main characters 14 year old Carter and 12 year old Sadie. The story begins with Carter and his father Julius Kane going to visit Sadie who lives in London with her grandparents, who she has lived with since her mother's death 2 years ago, and since visits her 2 times a year.

Julius decides take the two siblings to the British Museum on Christmas Eve, which would seem like an odd place to be taken to but their father was a famous Egyptologist and was almost obsessed with job. Before they head to the museum they catch their dad outside arguing with some strange man in a black suit and fedora but when asked they're told not to worry about it. When they get to the museum however things get even weirder when their fathers gets to the exhibit that houses the special ancient artifact, the Rosetta Stone and tells them to lock the security guard in another room and to stay out until he's done. The two stay put until a bright glowing light shines from the room and when they go to see what is going on their father blows up the Rosetta Stone. Afterwards, in a daze they see a fiery armored man who puts their father into what looks like a coffin.. No a sarcophagus, that disappears into the ground.

When the police detectives arrive to investigate and interview each children to get their accounts on what happened the officer don't believe the two siblings and accuse them of lying to cover for their fathers criminal actions. After threatening to arrest them he mysteriously changes his mind, almost like in a trance, and orders that they're to leave London and go to New York immediately. Shocked and confused they don't know what to even think.. until the strange man in the black suit and fedora walks through their grandparents house and announces that he is their uncle Amos and they're to leave and go to New York within an hour. As if anything could get any weirder he tells them that they'll be traveling by boat, an old Egyptian style boat at that. When they arrive to his NY mansion the two siblings demand answers to all the bizarre behavior and find out they have extradoriary magic powers tracing all the way back to the Egyptian times.

To those who think Rick Riordan is a one trick pony that won't get out of his comfort zone I.e. Greek mythology, same characters to the PJ series, same setting, ect. Then they obviously haven't read this series yet!

The series focuses on Egyptian mythology which is something I'm not too familiar with but like with most of Rick Riordan's books, I always learn something when reading them.

This book is quite different then his other books. He introduces us to a whole new group of characters and took us to different settings around the world. The magic system is interesting its not too complex to understand. One thing that did bother me a bit was that some of the Egyptian Mythology heritage lines was kind of confusing to follow but I think once I study more and continue with the series I'm sure it'll start making more sense. Overall great series would recommend to anyone who likes mythology or Rick Riordan.

Now to continue with my Rick a Riordan binge with The Kane Chronicles book #2: The Throne for Fire

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