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Review of Rick Riordan's The Red Pyramid
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Review of the first book in Rick Riordan's new series The Kane Chronicles.

Along with lots of Riordan fans, I eagerly awaited the debut of his new series The Kane Chronicles. The first book is The Red Pyramid.

As with his Percy Jackson series, Riordan introduces modern day characters with ties to an ancient civilization and mythology. In The Red Pyramid, siblings Carter and Sadie find out they have the blood of Egyptian pharaohs and are descended from powerful Egyptian magicians. How they come to terms with this is spread out over the course of the plot as they scramble to save their father, uncle and themselves from Egyptian gods long forgotten but brought back to life and now focused on destroying the world.

Riordanís combination of action and Egyptian mythology keeps the story moving along with a couple of mummies. Readers shift back and forth between todayís world and ancient Egypt easily enough, but other concerns distracted me.

The story is told from the point of view of Carter and Sadie. To accomplish this, Riordan alternates viewpoints every two chapters. Even halfway through, I still found myself unable to remember which character was telling the story. Thankfully, at the top of each right-hand page was the name of the current storyteller.

Another concern is the lack of information on Egyptian mythology to let readers become familiar with the many gods and customs. Unlike Greek mythology which is taught in some degree is schools usually through Greek literature, Egyptian mythology is not well known. It is only through my research over the last year of Egyptian mythology and life that I understood the terms ba and maat which play major roles in the story.

Riordan does his young readers a disservice by not helping them understand this fascinating culture. I understand wanting to encourage readers to branch out and learn new ideas, but this may backfire and turn readers away.

Hopefully, Riordanís loyal followers will give him another chance to engulf them in Egyptian mythology. I await the next book with that hope in mind.

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More Blogs by Cheryl Carpinello
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• Tutankhamen Speaks - Tuesday, July 23, 2013
• Meet MG Author Hamilton C. Burger - Sunday, June 30, 2013
• Meet Middle Grade Author Beth Overmyer - Wednesday, April 03, 2013
• WOI 2013 Virtual Tour - Sunday, January 06, 2013
• See what the Elves are doing in Montana. - Wednesday, October 24, 2012
• Meet children's author Fiona Ingram - Tuesday, October 16, 2012
• Meet Childrens/MG/YA author Katie Carroll - Thursday, October 11, 2012
• Virtual Tour of Wales - Friday, August 03, 2012
• The Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram - Monday, June 20, 2011
• Review of The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan - Monday, June 20, 2011
• Review of Tyler Tichelaar's King Arthur's Children - Sunday, January 23, 2011
• 10 Facts About My First NaNoWriMo - Wednesday, December 01, 2010
• My NaNoWriMo - Thursday, November 18, 2010
• Join me in Celebrating Young Writers - Sunday, October 24, 2010
• Review of Sent by Margaret Peterson Haddix - Sunday, September 05, 2010
• Review of Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, & a Miracle - Tuesday, August 17, 2010
• Review of 14 Cows for America - Tuesday, August 03, 2010
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• Review of "Duck! Rabbit!" - Wednesday, June 30, 2010
• A Review of "The Magician's Elephant" - Friday, June 18, 2010
• 2011 nominees - Friday, May 28, 2010
• Review of The Chronicles of Prydain - Tuesday, February 16, 2010
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• 2010 Brings Adventures for Readers and Myself - Tuesday, January 05, 2010
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