Monday, August 6

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

After their mother dies, custody kept the Kane siblings apart. For the last six years, Sadie has been living with her grandparents in London and Carter has been travelling the world with his father, a scholar of Egyptian mythology.

When their father disappears, Sadie and Carter must depend on each other and the guidance of their mysterious mentor, Amos, to rescue him. Their father had more ties to Egyptian mythology than either of them realised...and so do they.

Can Carter and Sadie hone their abilities in time to put a stop to chaos? The Demon Days are upon them.

'The Red Pyramid' is a transcript of a digital recording made by the protagonists, Sadie and Carter in alternate chapters. I was unaware of this when I discovered the novel, which made listening to it on audio so perfect. It was as though I was experiencing the story the way it was meant to be told.

Both of the narrators are excellent vocal actors. I was familiar with Katherine Kellgren already because of 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' and 'Bloody Jack' but Kevin R. Free measures up to the partnership. He doesn’t have the best grasp of an English accent but since the narrative is meant to be an audio recording by the siblings, the attempt is quite authentic.

I’m far more unfamiliar with Egyptian mythology than Greek, so it made for a more unexpected experience, not being able to guess at how it would be incorporated into the plot.

The relationship between Carter and Sadie was an interesting one. They have been raised apart for years but come together to share a dynamic that is somewhere between siblings and friendship. No matter how much Carter might annoy Sadie (and vice versa) I liked that they stuck up for one another.

Sadie’s agitation over people not believing she and Carter were not siblings is one I can relate to, despite the fact that Carter and Sadie are biologically related and my brother and I are not. No matter how much a brother may irritate you – and I make no illusions to never having wanted to be an only child – they are still your sibling and it is rude when people suggest otherwise.

I thought when I began the book that Amos was the atypical guardian archetype but I think ultimately it was Zia, a fellow magician who taught them the most. If I had to pick a favourite character, it would be Bast. I cannot get enough of her!

I’ve previously read the first two Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan and I continue to be impressed by his clever plotting and characterisation. Glad to see I have two more audio books in the Kane Chronicles to look forward to and that they continue to be narrated by Kellgren and Free.

In accordance with the FTC, Quill Café would like to disclose that the reviewer purchased this book. The opinions expressed are hers alone and no monetary compensation was offered to her by the author or publisher. Cover art is copyright of Hyperion Books and is used solely as an aide to the review.

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