The Red Pyramid, Rick Riordan

Another book from the famous author Rick Riordan follows two kids as they traverse Egyptian mythology. Ancient cultures and mythology have almost been intriguing to me, especially Egyptian. Two estranged siblings must overcome their differences to rescue their father after he casts a spell on an artefact with terrible consequences. With the help of new friends, Sadie and Carter will travel the globe and learn about the magic of Egypt.

After their mother’s death six years ago the two siblings have been split apart; Sadie living in London with their grandparents while Carter tagged along with their father as he travelled the world for his work. The two are envious of the other’s life, Sadie desperate to travel and Carter is equally desperate to live in one place for a change. But when their father, Dr Julius Kane the world famous Egyptologist, arrives in London to conduct strange research on an artefact in the museum, the two are reunited. After he disappears, the pair is thrust into a world of ancient mythology as they try to survive being hunted while searching for their dad.

Sadie was younger and might know less about travelling the world than Carter, but her courage and spunk help drive their quest. Carter always tried to act older than his age as his dad taught him, he even dresses like an adult which Sadie find immensely amusing. Unlike Sadie, Carter has a darker skin tone, making everyone believe the two aren’t related. This adds to the rift between the two, but as the novel continues, it’s interesting to see the two overcome the gap to return to how they close they were before their mother’s death.

The magic system was great. As always Riordan can incorporate ancient mythology into the modern world with ease. It was great to read about an unusual mythology, making this new series stand out, even amongst Riordan’s other works. The way the human interacted with the gods was very different than Riordan’s other works, with the magic-wielding humans not being demigods or related to any gods, like the Percy Jackson series. They hate the gods and are determined to have nothing to do with them.

The side characters, like Baset, were funny and entertaining. There was plenty of twists throughout the novel, and I can’t wait to see where Sadie and Carter will go in this world. I give it 5/5.


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