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The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  247,981 Ratings  ·  11,068 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 516 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Disney-Hyperion
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Meredith I have to say, I didn't enjoy this series quite as much as PJO, but I would say it gets better. I ended up really liking it, especially the third…moreI have to say, I didn't enjoy this series quite as much as PJO, but I would say it gets better. I ended up really liking it, especially the third book. Plus, there is a crossover series between this and Percy Jackson!(less)

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Mitchel Broussard
Jan 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was SO GOOD! I really really enjoyed it!
The world building wasn't super solid - I think that was my main and only issue, but the rest was so great. It's hard to compete with PJO and HOO, but this is still such a great book from Riordan. I also appreciate that though it's still about mythical gods, it's not an exact copy of what PJO is. It's super different and stands on its own as a really unique and interesting story.
I love Carter and Sadie and I'm really excited to read the rest of
Kat O'Keeffe
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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)
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-stars, ya
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 a
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“It takes strength and courage to admit the truth.”

Honestly, who does it better than Rick Riordan when it comes to middle-grade fantasy books? The answer is no one. He never ceases to amaze me with the ideas he's coming up with, and although one could say that his books and ideas are being recycled I downright disagree with that notion. He's written about the Greek Gods, about the Roman Gods and then the Egyptian Gods, and each time he comes up with completely different ideas and twists to enc
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles #1), Rick Riordan
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و نهم سپتامبر سال 2016 میلادی
عنوان: هرم سرخ - کتاب 1 - سه گانه خاطرات خاندان کین؛ نویسنده: ریک ریوردان؛ مترجم: آیدا کشوری؛ ویراستار: فرزام حبیبی اصفهانی؛ تهران، بهنام، 1391؛ در 536 ص؛ از مجموعه خاطرات خاندان کین - کتاب اول؛ شابک: 9789645668936؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 21 م
عنوان: هرم سرخ - کتاب 1 - سه گانه وقایع نگاری کین؛ نویسنده: ریک ریوردان؛ مترجم: احمد محمدزاده؛ تهران، ای.بوک: پرشین بکس، 1391؛ در 396 ص؛
Juliana Zapata
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Lloro de felicidad con este libro, es maravillosa la forma en que Rick te mete en la historia, como hace que creas que todo es real, como te hace parte de la magia.

La mitología Egipcia es increíble, aprendí muchas cosas sobre ello de la mejor manera. Rick y todos sus libros son maravillosos!

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It saddens me that this series doesn't get as much attention as PJO or HOO. Like, almost the entire cast of characters are poc and the world-building is more complex, from what I recall. I'll need to do a re-read soon bc I don't remember anything.
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
Aaron Vincent
Apr 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya-mg-fantasy
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
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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!
Bonnie Shores
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it

Cait (Paper Fury)
Whaaaaaat was this?!?! I'm a big fan of Rick Riordan so you can imagine I'm dying like an impaled Egyptian obelisk here admitting that I ABSOLUTELY DID NOT LIKE THIS BOOK. And it wasn't that the book was horrendous or anything, I was just 500000% uninterested in anything and everything that happened! I didn't like the characters, and it lacked the trademark Rick Riordan HILARITY. And...I just did. not. care. I wanted to sleep while reading it.
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
Let me confess something before I start my review: I dived in this book with lower than zero expectations. My sister has read them and she kind of hinted at them not being as good as the PJO series so I was very hard on the story. Thus, the three stars. I mean, I went in to hate the characters -which I kind of did- but overall, how could I even think about hating a Rick Riordan book?

The Red Pyramid, is sort of similar to other Rick books but had its own special moments. For one, it was about Egy
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Mythology was one of my favorite classes in college and Rick Riordan is one of the best authors I've known. So, combine them and here's a great book! :)
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Fairness does not mean everyone gets the same,” Dad said. “Fairness means everyone gets what they need. And the only way to get what you need is to make it happen yourself. Do you understand?”

I always adore Rick Riordan’s ability to turn odd and boring mythologies into fun stories. The first I read was the famous Percy Jackson and The Olympians series. Basically this series has a lot of similarities to Percy Jackson series only it’ a Egypt instead of Greek and magicians instead of demigods. Of
Jan 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, novel
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
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
เปนหนังสือทีอานแลวรูสึกสะพรึงมาก ! สะพรึงในทีนีมีหลายความหมาย...อยางแรกกคือ ครังแรกทีเราเริมอานหนังสือเลมนีไมกีหนา...เรารูสึกทึงมาก ! ทึงในการสรางโลกใบใหมของริคทีเอาตำนานของอียิปตยัดใสเขาไปไดอยางนาสนใจ สะพรึงในอีกความหมายคือ...ชือเรียก คำเฉพาะ ทีอานยากและจำยากมาก บางคำนีอานจบเลมแลวยังไมรูวามันคืออะไรเลย จำไมไดอะ เยอะแยะมากมายไปหมด (แลวกขีเกียจพลิกกลับไปดูดวย เหอๆ) สิงทีทำเราสะพรึงอีกอยางคือเนือเรืองทีพลิกไปพลิกมาตลอด มองในแงดีกคือ...มันทำใหคนอานอยางเรารูสึกตืนเตนตลอดเวลาทีอาน แตถาคิดอีกแงนะหรอ.. ...more
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
Montzalee Wittmann
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles #1) by Rick Riordan is a graphic novel for kids. The illustrations are great, the fonts are easy to read. The story is wonderful and easy to follow. The characters are unique and fun, at least the good ones! All characters were well developed and memorable. I thought this would be a small comic book sized novel but it was a large, full length novel. A novel and a movie in one! Lots of surprises and action. A great book for kids and us oldies that pretend to be k ...more
Lucy Qhuay
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
Darth J
Apr 21, 2016 marked it as to-read
So, the reviews of this series are more like this

But because I love Egyptology and want something to get me in the mood for The Hidden Oracle, I think I'll give this one a shot.

I hope it's not as cringey as people have told me it is, but I'll be going in with low expectations anyway.
Angel Erin
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Riordan's books are always great!
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
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Plain ol' Riordan fun.
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
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this book, like so many of Rick's, is my childhood, so although his books aren't the best, there's too much emotional attachment to them not to rate it 5 stars. I had an amazing time reading this, so hopefully I'll be able to reread another one of his in the future!
Erica (daydreamer)
Feb 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Percy Jackson fans
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
Veronica Bejarano
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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!
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