Thursday, May 5, 2011

Book review, The Red Pyramid

By Rick Riordan

The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles Book 1)

Synopsis from Barnes & Noble

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. 

This book was a delight to read. We follow Sadie and Carter, switching between the the two main characters point of view. As a writer it was very interesting to see how a characters voice needs to be as unique as the individual themselves and Rick did a great job in his delivery. He has a just the right amount of description and narrative to keep the story moving along.

Now even though the story kept a good pace I feel it could have been about 100 pages shorter. Only because they embarked on several different adventures I started losing track of everything they did.

Over all I recommend this book to readers strictly for the entertainment value. The whit and banter between the characters made me laugh and at the same time the love between siblings is ever present.

For writers I say read this book and study the pacing and descriptions. The descriptions are generally short but gave me clear picture in my head through out the entire story.

The Throne of Fire, the second installment in the best selling series released May 3rd. Look for it in book stores near you.

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