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The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles #1)

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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 famil
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Hardcover, 528 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Disney-Hyperion (first published January 1st 2010)
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Mitchel Broussard
Update: I've recently degraded this to a one star from a two when I realized how much of a disappointment it was. This review is, as a result, a lot more nicer than I'd like it to be. If you'd like, just add a lot more unnecessary cursing and asides about that idiotic taco-sauce showdown. *Sigh* Now I can't stop thinking about that goddamn battle anymore. Damn it.

If you're thinking "Oh it's just Percy Jackson with Egyptian Gods", you'd be correct. But, in it's own weird way, it's a bit more. At
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Kat O'Keeffe
I really liked this book! For me, it wasn't quite as good as the Percy Jackson series or the Heroes of Olympus, but it was still a really funny & entertaining read and I'll definitely be continuing with the series! I feel like if I were more familiar with Egyptian mythology I would have enjoyed this a lot more because I would have picked up on more of the jokes, but this is also kind of educational--I feel like I'm learning about Egyptian mythology, and I'm sure the other two books will be e ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
Buddy read with a few friends at Buddies Books and Baubles

Rick Riodan (RR) is one of the few M.G. authors I read, I mean I’m in my 30s so usually a M.G. book isn’t going to hold my attention but RR is one of the few authors who can pull it off and does it well at that. What makes him special???? Well there are a few things that I really like about his writing.

- He writes teens like teens. They aren’t 12-16 year olds who act like they are in their 30s they are kids, behaving like kids. Carter
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Ann
I quite enjoyed Riordan's new adventures featuring the Kane siblings, Carter and Sadie (I believe 14 and 12 years of age... though I thought Sadie seemed older), who are introduced to the possibilities that Egyptian mythology may be a bit more real than they realized.

Sadie and Carter's mother died when they were young, and since then they have had to live apart - Sadie with her mother's parents in London, and Carter with his father, traveling the world looking for Egyptian artifacts. Since they
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Aaron Vincent
I ranked Rick Riordan's The Lighting Thief 5th on my Top Ten Fave Books for 2009, tied with Michael Scott's The Alchemist. I reasoned out that I can't choose which one is better cause both made learning history fun and both have that cool factor reliving the things in the past. Now, I have suspicion that I unknowingly can see the future cause The Red Pyramid is exactly the combination of both books. Is that a good thing? Yes, if it had been well executed. Let's review that sentence: "Yes, if it ...more
Priscilla
Such a fun, entertaining read!

Initial thoughts:
1. Interactive with the reader. Riordon pulls you into the story!
2. Amazing Egyptian mythology! Gods, and magic everything!
3. Elements that remind me of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. Didn't bother me, but it's noteworthy.
4. Full of banter, and sarcasm. Loved it!
5. Action-packed, and fast paced! Lot's of story but it's filled with something insane.

Check out my full book video review!
Nikita Ompang
hmmm.. I guess if you haven't read Percy Jackson, you'll definitely LOVE this book! It is enjoying to read! Rick Riordan is absolutely humorous! Writing in two different perspectives is really not easy, so thumbs up to him for that!

BUT! there's just a few 'but's since i'm an avid fan of Percy Jackson. i didn't quite enjoy it as i thought i would. it's just waaaay too similar to percy jackson. like percy jackson, they're also looking for children with pharaoh blood and everything. and like percy
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Natalie
I hate when this happens. I see it all the time.
Great writer writes book. Book gets discovered, gets really famous. Writer makes a billion copies of said book in deteriorating quality.
Rick Riordan should've stuck to his Percy Jackson series and his sister-series to that. Instead, I can see the dollar-signs in his eyes and the mocking "cha-ching!" in the background, and here we have the Kane Chronicles.
Part of the reason I enjoyed The Lightning Thief so much is because the insight and dialogue we
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Namratha
Mild-mannered, well-dressed Carter Kane is fourteen years old. Until now he has spent a nomadic life, travelling to distant places with his famous Egyptologist dad – Dr.Julius Kane. Carter’s estranged (and rebellious) twelve year old sister - Sadie Kane has been raised in England by her grandparents after their mother died under mysterious circumstances. Dr. Kane is allowed to meet his daughter only twice a year and this works just fine for Carter and Sadie. They never really got along when they ...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
GAAAHHHHH!!! Well, you know I only start a review that way if I'm really mad or if I'm really excited. In this case, it's the latter. :)

I am a huuuuge fan of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson & the Olympian series, and those of you who love those will enjoy his new Kane Chronicles, too. I was a little nervous at first, thinking it wouldn't be as awesome, but after reading The Red Pyramid I don't feel the need to compare the two. There were some similar elements––Egyptian gods instead of Greek god
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Cathy
I liked it a lot. It's very Dan Brown for kids, bouncing around between real historical sites, but always with an imaginative twist. The author really weaves the mythology and history into the modern story in a fun and exciting, sometimes breathtaking, way. The Egyptian gods as described by Riordan are very different from the Greek or Celtic gods I'm more used to reading about, and the heritage of magic from the Egyptian culture adds a very interesting twist to the story.

I like the idea the aut
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Savina M.
Actual rating: 3.5 stars



Reading this was simply like reading Percy Jackson again. Don't get me wrong; I love Percy Jackson. This problem is that The Red Pyramid cannot match up to Percy Jackson. I would have liked it more if the whole thing didn't feel recycled, or if it were funnier.

In The Red Pyramid, the protagonists watch their parent get kidnapped. Their protector reveals that they are related to the Gods, and they fate of the world lies on their hands. They set off on a quest to save their
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Erica (daydreamer)
Ooh, I loved it! It was amazing. It's kind of long, but there's so much happening, it needed to be that long. And it wasn't boring. I loved reading about the Egyptian gods. My favorite character was probably Bast.

It's told as a recording. Sadie and Carter recorded their adventure and then Rick wrote it down. It kind of reminded me of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events. Like the author believes that the story really did happen, and they're just the writer. Which is cool. Within the st
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Ithlilian
I know Rick Riordan can do better than this since he already has with the Percy Jackson series. I won't compare the two, but I will say that excellent children's books do exist, and this is not even close. Ancient Greek mythology and ancient Egyptian culture are probably the two most popular subjects that exist. Most people find them fascinating. I was very excited when I heard about this book and have been waiting to read it for some time. When I found out more about it I was even more excited. ...more
Lucy *Qhuay's shellan*
You know that I am a mythology sucker. I love mythology! Every single time that I read about it or watch something with mythology I'm like:

Besides,Egyptian mythology particularly fascinates me, so I could only love The Kane Chronicles! :)
Though I must say that Carter really pissed me off sometimes. He still didn't grow on me like Percy did.
I could immediately connect with Percy but with Carter that didn't happen. I didn't like when, in the beginning, he said that he was fine with being with his
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Jaime
May 09, 2015 Jaime marked it as dnf
Waaaaaaait. I'm reading a children's book for children?! Complete with illustrations?!

Veronica Bejarano
Me encantó de principio a fin. Muy entretenido, muy bien documentado y continúa muy bien con el hilo de la historia. Las parejas sentimentales son muy graciosas. Anubis, querido, sal del valle de la muerte y date una vueltita por este mundo, porfis!
Krys

I’m a huge Riordan fan, but for this book I have done a terrible, unforgivable thing. I read Rick Riordan’s The Red Pyramid entirely too fast. As a result I did not absorb any of the beginning, and in doing this the end became quite garbled..and I did not finish it. Bad reader. Bad bad!

That said, I plan on rereading this book when I am in a better head space for it, because I quite enjoyed what was going on. I just didn’t have all the dynamics straight and for a Riordan book I want to give it my
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~Tina~
Move over Percy Jackson, Carter and Sadie are here to stay!

Fans of Rick Riordan may agree with me, when I say, you've gotta love this mans style! Rick as such a unique way of introducing his characters in a way that you fall in love with them...instantly!
The Red Pyramid isn't Percy, but that's what I adored about this book, it has a voice all in it's own, it's different and fresh and I love, love, love that!!

Come join Carter and Sadie on an adventure like no other. You will be dazzled by legends
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Lars Guthrie
OK, I'm hooked on the whole Riordan phenomenon. Bought this one the week it came out and ripped through it. If Riordan can keep it going, this series will be even better than the Percy Jackson books. Let me back that up.

As with the PJ books, first person narrator, but there are two of them, switching every two chapters. One is a girl. Sadie and Carter Kane are siblings who squabble but are fiercely protective of each other, despite being raised separately. I enjoyed the slightly nerdier-than-PJ
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Kathryn
(I'm too busy to do a plot summary and there are already so many out there so here is my very biased review)

I really loved the experience of listening to this book. Engaging narration (by Kevin Freed and Katherine Kellgren) on the audiobook and I've always been a bit infatuated with Egyptian mythology. For me, this book was more enjoyable than the Percy Jackson series. It felt a little more mature (closer to YA), a little more "timeless" (not so many contemporary references and not such a colloq
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Karla Martínez
Lo he dicho mil veces y lo dire mil veces mas.. AMO a Rick Riordan.
Emma
I am currently reading this first book to the new series, the Kane Chronicles, by Rick Riordan. Rick Riordan is a recently famed author because of his hit series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, which I love!! This book is a bit different. Two siblings: smart, stick-to-the-rules Carter, and headstrong, let's-find-out-what-we-can,-wing-it,-and-be-daring Sadie have been separated their whole lives. Carter has traveled the world with their dad, an archaeologist who studies Egypt, and Sadie has liv ...more
Jonathan
A fun, whimsical children's novel that is let down in that it does not measure up to Rick Riordan's much finer work with the world of Greek and Roman demigods. As such it is not the book itself that is average but rather it feels like it should be at a higher The Lightning Thief type of standard.

I did enjoy some of the ideas in this book but at time they seemed rather frantic and less organised than in Riordan's other novels. There was a lot of information about the Egyptian gods which was fasci
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Mason
This just felt SOOOOOO different from the Percy Jackson books. The humor, the characters, the writing style! Just very 'meh', I may own all three books, but I'm not 100% certain I want to continue this series......
Sara
به قول یک نفر ریک ریردان تجربه ی خوبی است. بله تجربه ی خوبی است. کلی با این کتاب خندیدم و به خصوص نثر نویسنده از زبان سادی را خیلی دوست داشتم.
این مجموعه خیلی زیاد به پرسی جکسون شباهت دارد. یعنی اصلا انگار نسخه ی مصری شده ی پرسیِ یونانی است. البته چند سال پیش به این نتیجه رسیدن خیلی از نویسنده ها نمی توانند از کتاب های قبلیشان جدا شوند. حتی سیر داستان هم کاملا مشابه پرسی است. شخصیت کارتر تا حد زیادی مانند پرسی رفتار می کند و مانند پرسی که به دنبال مادر ربوده شده اش می رود، در پی پدر ربوده شده اش
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Morgan F
Ever since their mother died, Carter and Sadie Kane haven't exactly been close. Carter travels the world with their Egyptologist father, while Sadie lives with their grandparents in London. On Christmas Eve, one of the few days a year all three of them are together, their father brings them to the British Museum for "a research experiment". The end result is a blown-up Rosetta Stone, a released evil Egyptian god, their father banished to who-knows-where, and the kids are on the run for their liv ...more
Sarah
Aug 17, 2014 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rick Riordan's fan, mythology junkies
Recommended to Sarah by: moi
I’ve received this book as a Christmas present. And boy wasn’t I glad! I read this back in, I think August or September and finally I had a copy of my own. Yay!



Rereading it was a good idea because I have the same timeline with the book. I read this on December 26 and the Egyptian Demon Days starts on December 27. It also helps that I could finally see the hieroglyphics because when I first read it on a .pdf file, it was not available.

This book follows the adventures of Sadie and Carter Kane as
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Maria
I recommend The Red Pyramid.

*****

It is obvious by now that Rick Riordan is a master of storytelling. From the Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus series, i had no doubt that reading this Egyptian-mythology concept won’t disappoint.

Carter and Kadie are estranged siblings and there’s a reason why. They are not gods (unlike Riordan’s other series) but they are somewhat entwined with them. They also came from a line of Egyptian magicians that are so ancient they are believed to be more po
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