June 17, 2011

Egyptian Journey • The Throne of Fire

The Throne of Fire book cover
The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
Series: Kane Chronicles #2
Previous Book: The Red Pyramid
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
Source/Format: Bought || Hardcover

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?

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 The Throne of Fire 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 Throne of Fire 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 The Throne of Fire 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 Throne of Fire 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.


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