Rick Riordan’s The Red Pyramid

January 5th, 2011 Posted in 52 Books in one year challenge, Fantasy, Middle Grade

When reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, I enjoyed the way Rick Riordan manipulated Greek mythology to make a fresh, clever story. So of course I had to pick up Riordan’s next series.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Red Pyramid. I appreciated the take on Egyptian mythology, although at times it reminded me of Stargate SG-1. The concept of godlings reminded me of Goa’uld, or more specifically Tok’ra, hosts.

The novel is told as if the protagonists, siblings Carter and Sadie, are talking into a microphone, and Riordan transcribed their story. Overall this worked well as a plot device, although occasionally the narrative asides as the siblings sniped at each other jolted me from the story.

I don’t think this series sparked my imagination as much as the Percy Jackson series, but that series will be tough to top. I’d definitely recommend this to middle grade readers, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the Kane family saves the world over the rest of the series.

Reviewed by: Kelly

Book: The Red Pyramid
Author: Rick Riordan
Read: January 2011
Source: Public Library

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