The Kane Chronicles, Book Two
|Sadie and Carter are aboard the sun boat. |
Ra's throne is glowing behind them!
You can also see creepy scarabs at the bottom...
In Book Two, Carter and Sadie again have to save the world- this time from the rise of Apophis, an evil snake (aka Chaos), and to do this, they must find the sun god Ra, who hid himself away long ago. A host of fun trainees (including a cool healer named Jaz and a charm-maker named Walt) and a very strange god who smells like curry help them out, but ultimately it comes down to Carter and Sadie to get the job done.
While I enjoyed Book One, Book Two is really excellent. The Throne of Fire has a faster pace, and I really enjoyed the adventure that the kids go on. There are also several intriguing subplots, including Walt's secret, Sadie's crush triangle (try competing for a girl with a god!), and Carter's anxious search for Zia, which provide a change of pace from the main story. I also like the switch off on narration between Sadie and Carter. As usual for one of Riordan's books, there is a lot of humor- the god Bes is quite entertaining- just wait until you read about how he scares away demons!
Here is a quote that I particularly enjoyed: "Our camels plodded along. Katrina tried to kiss, or possibly spit on Hindenburg, and Hindenburg farted in response. I found this a depressing commentary on boy-girl relationships." Too true.
There is really nothing that I would change about this book, except I was really sad when it ended! The ending definitely makes you eager for Book Three to come out (2012!!). I recommend this series to readers who enjoyed Percy Jackson, readers who are curious about Egyptology, and readers in 6th-9th grade- appealing to both boys and girls.
For more information, see The Kane Chronicles website here!