The Red Pyramid By: Rick Riordan

I finished this book a couple days ago and I wanted to gather my thoughts on topics that I wanted to address in this post. Overall I enjoyed the novel, I usually do like his stories as they are easy to read and do a good job at removing you from your current life.

The Plot: Carter and Sadie Kane are siblings who grow up apart due to a custody battle between their father and their grandparents following the death of their mother. Carter stays with the father and travels around while Mr. Kane studies Egyptology with a twist. The novel starts out with Carter and his father going to visit Sadie in England where she resides with her maternal grandparents, and we find out that she only sees her dad and brother twice a year. So the three of them set out to a museum to view The Rosetta Stone, a exclusive showing, and Mr. Carter instructs them to lock the curator in his (the curator’s) office and not come back to the exhibit. Naturally they only partially follow instruction and look in the room where their father is unleashing (unbeknownst to them) several Egyptian god and goddesses and is unintentionally trapped by the evil god, Set. The story follows their journey around the world trying to save their father and uncle, who takes them under his wing and is captured for it, while dealing with a whirlwind of Egyptian culture that is still alive, yet hidden, in today’s world.

There was only one real qualm that I had with the story, and this is writing-related. The characterization of Sadie Kane, who is supposed to be a 12 year old, does not sound like a twelve year old. I though that Carter Kane, who is older, sounded of his age and that he was raised by someone of higher intelligence. Sadie sounded more like a 16 year old than her 12 years of age. She is a great character that was enteraining and a joy to read, just a little mature sounding. This was particularly apparent when she interacted with Anubis, who she has a crush on and her thoughts and actions surrounding this (while immature by adult standards) sounded more advanced than that of a preteen with limited experience. I did admire that she had more initiative than most adults I know and I admire that she will undoubtedly be a strong adult. I do want to acknowledge that a lot of the reason the character came off this was is due to the fact that she written by an adult male, and read by an adult female; with this in mind I am certain that this read by a child will more than likely be a different experience.

My favorite part of the book was the fact that Rick Riordan made learning about Egyptian mythology and history not like a textbook, but more engaging in the novel fashion. Sometimes when writing myths, authors try to tell the same story over and over, or they make lists but Riordan puts a modern spin on stories that are thousands of years old. He frames them around the world we live in and make it seem like this is something that could possibly be happening under our nose.

My next book is The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan (again,  I am on a bit of a kick). I want to know what you liked and didn’t like about my assessment and writing so that I may improve. Good night!

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