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?
I listened to this on audio book and really enjoyed the narration – the female narrator in particular is very good.
I am not enjoying the Kane Chronicles as much as Percy Jackson or Heroes of Olympus, but they’re still really good fun, and I always love Egyptian mythology. I think part of it is that the kids are so young – especially Sadie and Felix in this. I kept forgetting Sadie was 13 she didn’t come across that young. And that was made more true by her going out at night in London with friends, and talking about fancying boys a lot – she seemed more like 17-18!
The sense of peril here really worked for me though, and my favourite character was Bes! He was awesome. And I love the little aspects again, like Felix and penguins (I want one!). Riordan manages to keep some of the comedic element going, but I just found it not as well done as PJO/HoO.
Definitely still enjoying them, and I’d definitely recommend them, I just want a little more. 3.5 stars. Find my review of the first book in the series here – The Red Pyramid.