Friday, June 17, 2011
Title: The Throne of Fire
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: The Kane Chronicles #2
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. (from Goodreads)
Rick Riordan brings us this thrilling second installment of The Kane Chronicles, The Throne of Fire. As a fan of his books, I pre-ordered this one and picked it up as soon as it was available. I immediately sat down to read it and, before I knew it, I had finished it.
Once again, I am thrilled by and in sincere awe of how Riordan manages to weave mythology into children's fiction so beautifully and seamlessly. The story is exciting, easy to read, funny and very fantastical - and yet, you can actually learn bits of Egyptian mythology through the storyline.
Carter and Sadie Kane are back and, together with their newly recruited magicians, new friends and some of our familiar and favorite standbys, they are off to find a way to wake Ra, the Sun God, as the incarnation of evil, Apophis, is on the rise. Their adventure in this book is filled with just as many twists and turns as the last one - I obviously could not stop reading it so that means it was definitely addicting!
Though the book is written for a younger audience, I found that it in no way diminished my own personal enjoyment of the book.
The Throne of Fire was an excellent installment of The Kane Chronicles. I can hardly wait to see what adventures await Sadie, Carter and the rest of their friends in the next book.
None of my book blogger friends have read or reviewed this one yet.