Hello! I’ve been rereading a lot of Rick Riordan’s books, and today’s post is about The Kane Chronicles trilogy! So, here are some of my thoughts on the books, and also some great quotes, because I love putting fun quotes into posts!
There are spoilers in the quotes and the paragraphs below the quotes, so beware of that. You can skip over that, however, and just read the synopsis if you want. Though that would be kind of boring.
Also, all book covers are linked to Goodreads 🙂
The Red Pyramid
Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants—school friends and a chance at a “normal” life. But Carter has just what Sadie longs for—time with their father. After six years of living apart, the siblings have almost nothing in common. Until now.
On Christmas Eve, Sadie and Carter are reunited when their father brings them to the British Museum, with a promise that he’s going to “make things right.” But all does not go according to plan: Carter and Sadie watch as Julius summons a mysterious figure, who quickly banishes their father and causes a fiery explosion.
Soon Carter and Sadie discover that the gods of Ancient Egypt are waking, and the worst of them—Set—has a frightening scheme. To save their father, they must embark on a dangerous journey—a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and its links to the House of Life, a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.
So you know the part where Inspector Williams is like “you consider him a proper brother, do you?” it is soooo infuriating. I have much personal experience with that, since my sister (who I love very much and is one hundred percent my sister) is black and I am white and people are like, “oh you must be friends,” and I’m like “no, we’re siblings. Just because we’re not blood related doesn’t mean that we can’t be sisters.
Also, a few months ago, my sister and I were in this parking lot roller blading, and this was in early April, so we were well into the Covid pandemic. Anyways, we were much closer than six feet, and not wearing masks, but we had them with us, the only reason we weren’t is because there was nobody else around. (Okay, sounds good right?) Then, this woman in a car drives past us and gives us an evil death glare, like “what are you two irresponsible kids doing together and not even trying to social distance”. That just made me really mad, but anyway, I can relate to that, Sadie.
Also… that scene in the airport with Bast and the security guy and Carter and Sadie still as a kite. I love that scene.
Also, here are some of my thoughts on the book:
It’s so interesting to see the differences and similarities between different mythologies, especially as Rick Riordan writes them.
Also, Amos mentions that Manhattan is dangerous with others gods’ at one point early on which is amazing!!
Bast/Muffin/Aunt Kitty is the literal best. She is my favorite character in the book and is so funny!! She also is very loyal to Carter and Sadie and will do anything to protect them.
So overall, I loved this book even more the second time around and I think that it is really cool to compare Egyptian mythology with the other mythologies that Rick Riordan writes about.
The Throne of Fire
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.
The Serpent’s Shadow
He’s b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sadie Kane can’t seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Unfortunately, the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink of civil war, the gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos. The Kanes’ only hope is an ancient spell that might turn the serpent’s own shadow into a weapon, but the magic has been lost for a millennia. To find the answer they need, the Kanes must rely on the murderous ghost of a powerful magician who might be able to lead them to the serpent’s shadow . . . or might lead them to their deaths in the depths of the underworld. Nothing less than the mortal world is at stake when the Kane family fulfills its destiny in this thrilling conclusion to the Kane Chronicles.
Next up I’ve got my quotes for The Throne of Fire and The Serpent’s Shadow! (oops I forgot which one’s from which haha)
After that I have some of my thoughts on the quotes and the second and third books in general!
- I would want Bes to be my chauffeur
- Seriously, Sadie and Carter Kane have very complicated love lives. Think about it…
- Felix and his penguins, and Shelby and her crayons: the Brooklyn house is full of talent and magic and wonderfulness!
- All that stuff with Setne is just marvelous. I find the guy quite terrifying, creepy, and overall hilarious. Pretty spooky too. But you got to give him credit for how smart he’s been throughout the centuries.
And that wraps up my post on The Kane Chronicles! I hope that you like this style of post, because you’ll be getting one on Magnus Chase soon, and after that, on The Trials of Apollo, which I just started to reread.
Also, in The Trials of Apollo, Rick Riordan starts the chapters with haikus written by Apollo himself. Quite amusing, actually.