Review: The Throne of Fire
Series: The Kane Chronicles #2
Also in this series: The Red Pyramid, The Serpent's Shadow
Released by Disney, Hyperion on 3 May 2011
Genres: Adventure, Mythology
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?
Last year, I bought a box set containing the three books in the Kane Chronicles, a book series written by Rick Riordan about the Egyptian Mythology. I read The Red Pyramid, book one a while back, and decided to pick up part two, The Throne of Fire fairly quickly after that. Because I just wanted to read more about Carter and Sadie Kane.
At the end of book one, the Kane siblings recruited a bunch of teens like them; Magicians with all kinds of abilities. In the first couple of chapters of this book, we meet two of them in particular, Walt and Jaz, who almost immediately grew on me. We also meet another God, a guy called Bes who became one of my favourite characters in this series (to be honest, I pictured him a bit as Chiron from the Disney Hercules movie). We also see some characters from the previous book return, and a new bad guy called Menshikov (oh god I hated him so much).
This book is just full of action, one moment the twins are trying to break into a museum filled with wedding guests, the next Sadie and her friends have to run from the Vulture goddess and a gigantic baboon. It just never really stops, and the kids hardly ever have a moment to take a breath which makes me feel sorry for them (give them a break, honestly). Still, there was enough going on around the main adventure that kept the book exciting and kept me wanting to read more.
The narration was done really well too, I honestly enjoyed it much more than the other Riordan books – which I guess is due to the fact that this book was written in first person narrative, rather than third person. The thing that does still bother me is the fact that Carter and Sadie are so young, while they actually just sound so much older to me. In my opinion, they could have easily been sixteen (or seventeen, as Sadie’s birthday passed in this book) and eighteen instead of thirteen and (almost) fifteen. View Spoiler »And that made me not really enjoy the romantic part of this book. I mean Sadie is thirteen, how does she already have two love interests? And one of them is a God even, damn Sadie what is your secret? I did kind of like Carter and Zia and I felt really sad when she woke up and she didn’t remember any of the things that happened in the previous book (because that technically wasn’t even her, shh). « Hide Spoiler
But besides that, the book was great and I didn’t think I could love Rick Riordan’s writing even more than I already did, but I do. I just love the way he writes these humorous books without making the humour feel forced; I love his chapter titles, I love his sarcastic characters (even if every main character of his is like this, I honestly don’t care because I love sarcasm). And the way he writes the Gods is just the greatest! I don’t think I’ll ever love a series about mythology as much as I do with Riordan’s books!
I will certainly be picking up the third and final book in the series, The Serpent’s Shadow very soon because I need to know how it ends! If you’ve read the Percy Jackson series, the Heroes of Olympus series and the Magnus Chase book but you’re not sure if you should pick this one up… Let me tell you: Do it. Just do it.
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