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The Red Pyramid

(The Kane Chronicles #1)

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I guess it started the night our Dad blew up the British Museum...

Carter and Sadie Kane's dad is brilliant Egyptologist with a secret plan that goes horribly wrong. An explosion shatters the ancient Rosetta Stone and unleashes Set, the evil god of chaos...

Set imprisons Dr Kane is a golden coffin, and Carter and Sadie are forced to run for their lives. To save their dad, th
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Paperback, 519 pages
Published May 5th 2011 by Puffin (first published May 4th 2010)
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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 book…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)
Vansh Dhirwani Well, If you want my opinion,
I think Carter and Sadie are better than Percy Jackson (says the person who is currently reading HoO #2). I think, you se…more
Well, If you want my opinion,
I think Carter and Sadie are better than Percy Jackson (says the person who is currently reading HoO #2). I think, you see a unique brother-sister relationship in this book. I also love that that you get to see the events in both Carter and Sadie's eyes and you can actually feel what they're feeling. I was EASILY able to explore their emotions which made this book so much better than PJO series where you only get Percy's view.(less)

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Jayson
(B) 74% | More than Satisfactory
Notes: Frantic, hollow, and artificial. [And, no! Parenthetical bickering does not reinforce presence, it just sounds contrived.]
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles #1), Rick Riordan

The Red Pyramid is a 2010 fantasy-adventure novel based on Egyptian mythology written by Rick Riordan. It is the first novel in The Kane Chronicles series. The novel was first published in the United States on May 4, 2010.

The novel opens with Carter and his father Julius Kane going to visit Carter's sister Sadie, who has lived with her maternal grandparents since the death of their mother, Ruby Kane. Julius, who is secretly a magician, but posin
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Mitchel Broussard
Jan 27, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction, fantasy
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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Maureen
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mario the lone bookwolf
Not as good as Percy Jackson, Riordans´new series uses the same, great concept with reduced effort of the author to make it as great for all audiences as his Greek Roman mega world bestseller.
The reasons:

Riordan could have simply invested more lifeblood, beta readers, and sweat in making this one the same thrilling, funny, and entertaining read as Percy Jackson, he should have already made enough money at this moment to be able to take some time for finetuning. It´s especially unnecessary that t
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Ashley Nuckles
SO FUN!! Super long though?! You’ll hear more thoughts in my vlog once I finish the whole series! :-)
Robin (Bridge Four)
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 4-5-stars
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.

① - 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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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
#1 The Red Pyramid ★★★★☆
#2 The Throne of Fire ★★★☆☆
#3 The Serpent's Shadow ★★★☆☆

“Fair means everyone gets what they need. And the only way to get what you need is to make it happen yourself.”

I grew up a huge fan of Egyptian mythology and history, plus I loved the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series when I (finally) picked it up a couple of years ago, so it was long overdue that I pick up the Kane Chronicles trilogy. I felt like I'd never heard of people raving about this series nearly as much
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Aaron Vincent
Apr 19, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lazaros
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 e
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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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Priscilla
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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Nenia Campbell

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DNF @ p.354



This book has the best world-building and magic system but it's bogged down by the child narrators who are also the most annoying. It's a shame because I think the fact that they're both interracial is cool and Rick Riordan actually doesn't seem to handle it that badly (he's been praised for making an effort at inclusion and diversity in his books as a white author and I honestly think that he is probably one of the most proac
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Natalie
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, mythology, ya
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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Montzalee Wittmann
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
Erin Dunn
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riordan's books are always great! ...more
Alexxy
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lena
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I own 19 physical copies by Rick Riordan and out of the 16 I've read, none have disappointed me. And the same can be said about this one. No idea why this series has such a low rating because I for one adored this book!! The Egyptian mythology is just as interesting as the Greek and Norse he brought us near and proves that a) not only is Rick an unprejudiced sort of character, he also has a vast knowledge of other mythologies and manages to capture the essence of said mythologies in his stories. ...more
Jesica
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
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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
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tappkalina
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star
Sadie is so much fun.
That's it.
That's the review.

No, but seriously, my faves are Sadie and Bast.
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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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Nikita
Jan 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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! :) ...more
Ellyn   → Allonsythornraxx
The Throne of Fire | 3 ⭐
The Serpent's Shadow | 3 ⭐

05/04/2020
4 ⭐
This was so much fun, y'all need to stop sleeping on this series!

30/03/2019
4 ⭐
I'm honestly kicking myself right now. I never intended to read this but decided to pick it up for a future blog post and HOLY HELL YOU GUYS THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN! I will definitely be picking up book 2 sooner rather than later!

Find other reviews on my blog
★★★★☆

Trigger Warnings: Racism, enclosed spaces, death, loss of a loved one, injury, sibling separation
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Ryan Buckby
actual rating: 3.5/5 stars


It takes strength and courage to admit the truth.

Plot: Well this one was interesting but i also found it very lacking in that i didn't connect with these characters or story in anyway which is disappointing. This story follows the two different perspectives of Sadie and Carter Kane who both living in different countries and different lives for them to come together when their dad is taken away from them.

I did find it a little difficult at times to try and sepera
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Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms
3.5 Golden Stars

RTC after re-read

maybe this series is my least favourite among all the Riordan's series & in the whole Riordanverse, maybe it's because Egypt myths is my least favourite mythology (I found it very complicated & dry), maybe this book is my least favourite in the series.
but it doesn't mean I don't love them. Just my love is lesser than PJO, HoO, ToA & MCGA. but I still love them & the whole series is a 5 stars.

Meet the Kane siblings to enter the Kane chronicles: Carter & Sadie
They
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Brigid ✩
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 gods, a
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Ithlilian
Jan 12, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
Erica (storybookend)
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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