The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

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My Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3.5/ 5

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: YA Fantasy

synopsis

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.

(Goodreads).

quote

“Have you ever noticed how parents can go from the most wonderful people in the world to totally embarrassing in three seconds?”

review

The Red Pyramid is about two young siblings who find out they are magicians and that Egyptian gods really do exist. They go on a long journey to California to save the world from the evil god Set and free their father and uncle. At the end the escape from Set.

There is a lot of symbolism throughout this book considering that it is a book about magicians using ancient hieroglyphics for their magic. For example, the Eye of Horus is mentioned throughout the book. Carter had a necklace from his father that has the Eye of Horus on it because it is used to protect people. As we find out later, though, it is because Horus is using Carter as a host. The Eye Of Horus is also mentioned to have connections with the ℞ symbol used in pharmaceuticals because it is a sign of “good health”. The Eyes of Horus are also painted on boats to watch for dangers on the sea. This Egyptian symbol and other are all featured in the novel as sources for producing magic.

The characterization was very uniquely portrayed through the main characters in the book. The main characters are two siblings who have barely known each other for years and are brought together by their father releasing an evil god. Then, the two completely different brother and sister had to work together in tough situations. Their slow partnership was shown throughout the book through the many challenges they face leading up to the climax of saving the world from Set. Carter is homeschooled and travel the world constantly with his dad. Sadie lives in England with her grandparents and is more rebellious than Carter would ever be. They end up changing towards the end of the book by learning to help each other from a series of challenges and problems.

This book was really enjoyable and is once again filled with lots of Rick Riordan charm. He brought back the old mythological charm I have read from Percy Jackson and gave it all a twist to enjoy his writing in a new way. The characters were empathetical and were believable, even if they were cat goddesses name Bast, or the god of knowledge Thoth. It was filled with lots of humor and a fun-filled journey, reviving the spirit of the old ancient Egyptian myths. This book was an enjoyable read.

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