The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
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Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Format: Hardcover, 452 pages
Release Date: May 3, 2011
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?
Narrated in two different wisecracking voices, featuring a large cast of new and unforgettable characters, and with adventures spanning the globe, this second installment in the Kane Chronicles is nothing short of a thrill ride.
Rick Riordan continues the long-standing trend of high-action, hilarious novels with The Throne of Fire.
In this latest installment, the stakes have been upped for Sadie and Carter as they race to save the world -- again. I mean, no pressure, right? A group of kids still growing into their powers should be more than equipped to do things that no one else has been able to do for years and years and years (and not for lack of trying). That's what I love about Rick Riordan's work though. The task always seems huge and overwhelming but the characters really rise to the challenge and turn into a force to be reckoned with.
From page one you can tell that this book is going to have the same bursts of action as the previous one. Heists, races, fights and journeys... all come together for a seriously action-packed novel. The delivery is always so relevant and creative, I love seeing how Riordan will execute certain scenes!
The characters in this novel were charismatic as usual. They all bring something different to the table, whether it's Carter's extensive knowledge of Egyptian mythology or Sadie's gutsy decision-making. Half of the fun is getting to know these characters and reading the funny dialogue. Okay, for me, more than half.
Rick Riordan has done it again. A great sequel!
Cover Comments: I love the scene they chose to capture for the cover! It's definitely an exciting one and the way they brightened it up with all of the colours is really eye-catching.