Book Review: Throne of Fire

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Title: The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles #2)
Author: Rick Riordan
Origins: My Local Library

Summary: [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?

My Review:  I have read every book Rick Riordan has written so far. It’s a formula that should work for me (mythology + modern setting = awesome) because mythology is one of my favorite subjects for retellings. That said, I must be a descendant of the Greco-Roman Gods because for some reason I cannot concentrate on the Kane Chronicles. I blame it on the ADHD. 

Luckily, once I got into it I found myself back to nearly normal speeds.  The book was filled with fast paced action and interestingly renovated ideas I’ve come to expect. And one thing I like that is unique about the Kane chronicles is a strong female character narrating. So far the Greek and some of the Roman series’ have been led by male characters It’s somewhat fitting because of the societies they represented, but I love seeing kickass women like Sadie and Piper take the lead.

Honestly, I would recommend this book on the author alone. My favorite will probably always be Heroes of Olympus but this one is good too! (edit: I have recently found out that Riordan will be doing a Norse series. I reserve my judgement on the favorite until I see that series, because the Norse Gods are AWESOME!)

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