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{November 30, 2011}   {Review} The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

From Goodreads: 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?


Earlier this year, when I read The Red Pyramid, I found myself extremely interested in this new series by Rick Riordan.  But, I have to be honest and state that I actually didn’t care for this second novel at all.  I feel like Throne of Fire will be a hit with MG and below, and perhaps some young teenagers, but it definitely rubbed me the wrong way.  Our two narrators are back, Sadie and Carter, and they’re once again up to their antics, but this time I found their banter to be somewhat trite and obnoxious.  Now, it was written for the younger crowd, and I’m an old lady (according to my students) so I think that plays a part in my reading of the novel, but at the same time, I just feel like the banter is a little too childish in this novel.  I didn’t feel that way in The Red Pyramid, though on occasion the banter in that novel was a bit taxing, but this novel really got to me. 

While I did enjoy the Egyptian gods and goddesses, especially as I haven’t read/learned much about them aside from this series, Riordan painted them in a different light than he paints the Greek gods in his Percy Jackson series.  On multiple occasions I felt like the gods and goddesses in this novel were portrayed in an extremely juvenile way, coming across a bit foolish, though I didn’t notice it as much in the first novel.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I think Riordan is an exceptionally talented writer, but this series is not for me.  Two stars.


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