Friday, 6 June 2014

The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles #1) by Rick Riordan

Friday, 6 June 2014

"Ever 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 family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them — Set — has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe - a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs...."


After their mom's death, Carter and Sadie Kane lived separately; Carter, 14, with their dad an Egyptologist travelling the world, while Sadie, 12, lived as a normal school girl in a flat in London with their grandparents. Carter and Sadie barely knew each other. Sadie only allowed to meet her father (and Carter, of course) twice a year.

One night, their dad Julius Kane brought them to the British Museum. They thought it was a normal visit to the museum, but their father has another plan. He said he will make things "right" again. Instead of making things "right" again, he accidentally blew up the Rosetta Stone and release 5 Egyptian gods& goddesses, including Set, whom plans on creating destruction. Their father was trapped in a golden coffin by Set. Later they found out they were magicians and were the most powerful descendants of the pharaohs since thousand of years ago.

Their lives changed ever since. They must rescue their dad and save the world.

I've read this book before in Indonesian and really liked it. My second time reading this book (in English), and I still really liked it.

As always, Riordan made his heroes very human, with self-doubts and et cetera. Plus Carter and Sadie were siblings where sometimes they have different opinions, where sometimes jealousy sparked between them. No perfect siblings, right? There's also a bit romance in this book and plot twists, plot twists.

I'm a bit mad at Uncle Rick (well, not really a bit) because Sadie here seems more stand out rather than Carter. Yes, Sadie's characters were more eccentric than Carter but I thought he supposed to have more role than Sadie. Maybe that was my imagination, Sadie having more role than Carter, or Carter did have more role than Sadie but I didn't noticed? I don't know. The thing is, I just hope there would be Carter's character development in the next book (which I'm currently reading). Oh, and Sadie didn't seem like a 12 years old girl.

Told by both Carter and Sadie in their own Point of Views, I thought the English was more simpler than the Heroes of Olympus series.

I really like it, so 4/5 stars. Very recommended.

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