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The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid [Mass Market Paperback]

Rick Riordan
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5 May 2011 The Kane Chronicles (Book 1)

The Red Pyramid: the first book in Rick Riordan's The Kane Chronicles.

Percy Jackson fought Greek Gods. Now the Gods of Egypt are waking in the modern world...


CARTER AND SADIE KANE'S dad is a brilliant Egyptologist with a secret plan that goes horribly wrong. An explosion shatters the ancient Rosetta stone and unleashes Set, the evil god of chaos . . .

Set imprisons Dr Kane in a golden coffin and Carter and Sadie must run for their lives. To save their dad, they embark on a terrifying quest from Cairo to Paris to the American South-west and discover the truth about their family's connection to the House of Life: an Egyptian temple of magic that has existed for thousands of years.

The pharaohs of ancient Egypt are far from dead and buried. And neither, unfortunately, are their gods . . .

Praise for the Percy Jackson series:

'Witty and inspired. Gripping, touching and deliciously satirical...This is most likely to succeed Rowling. Puffin is on to a winner' - Amanda Craig, The Times

'Puns, jokes and subtle wit, alongside a gripping storyline' - Telegraph

'Perfectly paced, with electrifying moments chasing each other like heartbeats' - New York Times

Rick Riordan is an award-winning mystery writer. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief was the overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award in 2006.

The Percy Jackson series:

The Lightning Thief; The Sea of Monsters; The Battle of the Labyrinth; The Titan's Curse; The Last Olympian

Heroes of Olympus:

The Lost Hero; The Son of Neptune; The Mark of Athena

The Kane Chronicles:

The Red Pyramid; The Throne of Fire; The Serpent's Shadow

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (5 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014132550X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141325507
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rick Riordan is an award-winning mystery writer. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief was the overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award in 2006.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic read from Riordan 16 Feb 2011
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If you loved Percy Jackson, I'm sure you will like this. Set in seemingly the same world as Percy is (there is a reference to different gods living on the other side of the river) this is the story of Sadie and Carter - brother and sister - who come to realise they are not just ordinary children, but are part of the ancient civilisation of Egypt - gods, magicians and all!

Once again, there are thrills and spills, plot twists and lots of "he's the bad guy, no wait, HE'S the bad guy!". I had just come from reading one of my favourite sci-fi novels Dune and was thinking that a "kids" book would be a bit of a come down. Whilst not having the character depth and philosophy, it is nonetheless and great read for all ages. It has a touch of the Indiana Jones about it, whilst maintaining an originality that is rather rare in books nowadays.

Don't make the mistake of thinking it's a book for kids, and don't be put off by the film of Percy Jackson. If you read this, you are in for a real treat!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Smudgey
Like the Percy Jackson books, this book contains funny punch lines, breath taking action and nail biting thrills. Rick Riordan has been extremly clever with everything in the first book of the Kane Chronicals. I didn't fancy the two characters swaping round to tell the story when I first heard about it but when I read it, I thought it suited this book amazingly well and the comments made in the brackets are full of humour when either Carter speaks to Sadie or Sadie speaks to Carter.
I don't want to give to much away but I can recall at the least five different twists at the end of the story. By the end of the story, the siblings have different views on eachother and their personality changes an awful lot. The fact that the whole story is recorded on a tape recoder and that somebody types it out is really quite remarkable.
I think that it was a very sensible move to change from greek to egyptian as it would be the same basic story. Percy Jackson is Greek gods, some good, some bad. If it stayed with the greek mythology, it would be Greek gods, some good, some bad. I totally disaggre with some of the comments made by other readers that it was stupid to change the origin of the story. I should mention a mistake on the last chapter of the book as when Carter ends, Sadie is written at the top (so don't get confused because carter is ending). I will be having a very important chat to the publisher about this mistake!
The simplified verdict is that it is simply fantastic and I can't recall any faults what so ever. I'm not into fantasy that much, more of horror, so coming from me you will now know that this book is a Riordan master piece!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for all ages 22 Feb 2011
I am not an frequent reader of books but really enjoyed the Percy Jackson series (even though I am closer to my thirties than teens). This book is easily on a par with Percy Jackson and in a few ways is better, especially if you are really interested in Egyptian mythology. Like in the Jackson books you find yourself not wanting to put it down and feel a sense of loss when you finish as the sequel is not available yet. At least the wait is not as long as the Inheritance books!
Fully recommend this book to anyone, especially those who 'think' they don't have time to read (like me).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Percy Jackson by far! 22 Jun 2013
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I got seduced into looking at this trilogy series while waiting to decide if Heroes of Olympus was going to be any good but then I saw that Rick Riordan had written The Kane Chronicles and the reviews seemed good, so I decided to order them from my local library.

Thank goodness I decided to do this, as I would have been very disappointed had I bought them, I have nearly finished the first book, and I have to say, not a patch on Percy Jackson, the Egyptian theme is certainly not as strong as the Greek Gods (which is where Rick Riordan's strengths lie).

The idea of a transcript is a really confusing idea, does not work for me, and the fact that it switches between the two lead characters (who are a mixed bag themselves), the idea for the book as well, did not strike me as very well planned out either.

I have got the third book from the library and am awaiting the second book, but I don't think that these books are going to be a keeper for me, I am finding them not entertaining enough, a bit too formulaic, and quite frankly, not interesting enough compared to the original Percy Jackson series.

I can understand that Rick Riordan probably wanted to branch out into a different genre rather than the Greek Gods but he should stick to what he knows best, and can make interesting, funny and page-turning, rather than this trilogy which is confusing, not funny, and frankly odd at times throughout the book (and that is just the first one).

I am going to try the other books, but I am not expecting much from them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Greeks aren't the only Gods in America 20 Dec 2011
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This book was written by Rick Riorden so as usual it was very good. Before this series R.R wrote the amazing Percy Jackson series which focused on the Greek gods and it was nothing short of stunning but 5 books in, R.R decided that was to be the end of Percy for a while and this was when The Red Pyramid was wrote. Red Pyramid focuses on the less well known but no less interesting Egyptian Gods and introduces us to a bunch of new characters the main two are Brother and Sister Carter and Sadie Kane. Long story short (all of 514 pages) their father gets kidnapped by the evil God of Chaos Set after he released him and four other goods and during the release of the four gods two of them which are Horus and Isis inhabit the bodies of Carter and Sadie which let them adjust and develop their magic skill ten times faster than usual. They then go on a very dangerous and action packed quest to free their father and destroy the God of Chaos before he destroys North America.
I found this a very entertaining and exciting read and I am in the process of re-reading it now's not as good as the Percy Jackson series or the Heroes of Olympus and its sad to say as the Egyptians are in my opinion even more interesting than the Greek or Roman gods but Red Pyramid is not as good for these reasons:
.The characters are not as likable
.It's a lot harder to feel a emotional attachment to the characters
.And for me the balance between characters are not balanced as I found Sadie really arrogant and cocky and Carter very vulnerable and sensitive so it's obvious who most people are going to prefer out of the two.

So clearly the problem is with the structure of the characters. But that is my only problem with this book as overall it is very good and an addictive read. Hope I helped
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Excellent story very well written and difficult to put down. the characters are very believable and you can easily relate to them
Published 18 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kane Chronicles
I really enjoyed this book: it was interesting at the same time as educational and I think that the style of writing really suits it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. D. Mayson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I had read the Percy Jackson books and am up to date with the hero's of Olympus books. The wait for the next book is killing me so I thought I would read these. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amber West
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book Review
This book has me bewildered buy it's awesome, fascinating story line. It actually made me think that Carter and Sadie are rite about Apophis rising and destroying the Earth.
Published 2 months ago by Fifjjf
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
I luv this book everybody should read the other series and the other books in Kane chronicles I really like them
Published 3 months ago by Morgan Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars NICE
Great story line and gives you a lot of information that has been really helpful in homework. I would give it 4 and a half if I could, my only Christian is it was quite quick at... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joel Green
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kane chronicles
This was an amazing book and I want to read the next ones so much I rate it 9 1/2 / 10
Published 4 months ago by benjamin
2.0 out of 5 stars A serious low for Rick Riordan
This book is terrible, it is appauling attempt at a spin-off of Percy Jackson. Stick with Percy Jackson (great books), the Red Pyramid seems like Rick Riordan read back through the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Doodler
4.0 out of 5 stars James
This is a interesting bok with rescuers a lot of action but it can not stand up to the qwlaty of the Percy Jackson books and there sequwal heros of oulimpous.
Published 5 months ago by James o'keeffe
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book
i am 11 and i have found this book fun and exciting to read i hope you guys buy the book because it is fun to read and great value for money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Wroe
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