Egyptian Magicians: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Since the death of their mother, siblings Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the famous 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 Dr. Kane 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 them. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous (being chased by protective magicians..yup) journey around the world and slowly uncover the strange truth about their family.

I know that everyone thinks this is a lesser version of the Percy Jackson series and it may be.  I don’t know.  I am only now reading The Lightning Thief.   I will say that the Red Pyramid is a well told story about two kids who feel like they don’t really fit it anywhere suddenly realizing that they do in fact fit into a world of Egyptian gods and magic. Both Carter and Sadie start to uncover their hidden strengths and talents, some of which they’d rather not have.   I really liked the narrators, especially Sadie, who was funny, cynical and also sweet.  Also, the banter between Carter and Sadie is cute; makes me think of how my little brother and I used to argue (all the time!).
My favorite character of all, however, wasn’t the narrators.  It was Bast.  Bast is the Egyptian goddess of cats who is Carter and Sadie’s protector.  Bast loves the Kane siblings so much that she thinks of them as her own “kittens”.  Her character is a mix between sweet house cat and sassy wild cat.  I just thought she was fun and was always excited when she was in a scene.
I will say that I did think the story was a little long-winded.   A few times I thought, “how long is this book?”.  But, this doesn’t change the fact that I liked the story.
Definitely a fun first installment to the Kane Chronicles series for middle school readers and up.  If you’re a fan ancient Egyptian culture and/or the Percy Jackson series, then you’ll probably enjoy this one too.

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