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. From the creator of the hit Percy Jackson series.
This fun, if formulaic, start to the Kane Chronicles series opens with a signature Riordan move: an explosion. Siblings Carter and Sadie have been living apart since their mother's mysterious death. On Christmas Eve, archeologist Julius Kane and son Carter, 14, show up in England for one of their two days a year with Sadie. Julius ushers his children to the British Museum, where he blows up the Rosetta Stone, unleashing five Egyptian gods and causing his own disappearance. The kids' Uncle Amos whisks them to a Brooklyn mansion, where he reveals that the Kanes descend from powerful Egyptian magicians. Swap Egyptian mythology for Percy Jackson's Greek gods and you've got the best part of this an ancient history lesson seamlessly unfurled in a rip-roaring adventure. Told in alternating chapters by Carter and Sadie, the novel begins with a warning that the book is a "transcript of a digital recording," a distracting gimmick, and the attempts to make Sadie sound English by dropping in British slang are intermittent. Despite those flaws, Riordan delivers another funny yarn with kids in the lead and animal sidekicks that nearly steal the show. Ages 9 12.
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Carter & Sadie Kane
This is not the Percy Jackson series. It is called the "kane chronicles", a whole new story about egyptian mythology, not Greek. This is book one, the only book that is so far on the market.
A captivating read
If you liked the Percy Jackson series you'll love this book. It has action, spells, magical duels, and everything that made the Jackson books a hit, only with a distinctly different and "Egyptian" feel. And as an added bonus, the olympic gods make sort of a cameo in it. I can definitely see both of these series merging into one MEGA series. Bomb.
One of the best books I have ever read.
It is a great book to start a series and it is not that different from the Percy Jackson series but it seemed nearly tied with the lightning thief.Rick is a great author and writes some books that are great.