Kane Chronicles Trilogy by Rick Riordan
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating for all Three:
1) Plot & Pace
This trilogy is so underrated. I hate how it’s so untalked about so I knew I had to talk about this today. This trilogy is so action-packed and just like the Percy books filled with amazing mythology. Riordan is one of those authors who knows how to write about mythology/history but adding his own twist for his stories. This trilogy is a twist on Egyptian mythology. The trilogy is written as though it is a transcription of an audio recording by siblings Carter and Sadie Kane. The Red Pyramid follows the Kane siblings Carter and Sadie. They both discover they are descended from both the pharaohs and magicians of ancient Egypt. They unknowingly host the Egyptian gods Horus and Isis. The duo finds out their father is taken as a host by Osiris who is captured by Set. They set out to rescue their father, while also trying to save the world from destruction. All in a days work. The Throne of Fire is set three months after the first. The gods have been released into Carter and Sadie’s world and they have been in trouble ever since. The siblings have been trying to master their powerful skills at Brooklyn house, the training ground for all young magicians, but it has not been easy. Their most threatening enemy the chaos snake Apophis is starting to rise. They must stop him from breaking free or the world will come to an end. The only way to accomplish this dangerous task is to revive the sun god Ra which not even the most powerful magicians have ever done. Finally, The Serpent’s Shadow is where it all ends. The Kane’s are still battling with Apophis, the chaos snake, and they can’t seem to defeat him. If they don’t destroy him once and for all Apophis will plunge the world into eternal darkness. To make matters worse, “the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink of civil war, the gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos.” To defeat the serpent the duo must use an ancient spell, from magic long lost, to turn the snake’s shadow into a weapon. The pacing of this trilogy is fast, full of action, exciting, and full of depth.
2) Writing & World-Building/Setting
As always Riordan is a skilled writer. The dialogue, like in all his stories, matches the age of the characters. One thing I have always loved about this is that as they grow and their lives become more difficult the dialogue gets heavier. As they experience life and loss their voice matches that while still keeping that young teen melodramatic/witty banter. This trilogy keeps laughing out loud even in the midst of danger. All the characters especially Carter and Sadie will always make me laugh. The world Riordan sets up is beautiful. I love the magic and quests they have to go on. The Carter’s travel all over and Riordan creates a vivid picture for the readers. The magic system is exciting and I love that he utilized wands. I love that he created them as magicians because it was new for his books.
3) Characters & Development
I adored all his characters as in all his books. They are loveable and fun. They stay in my heart. Sadie is a spitfire with a sharp tongue. Her banter and strong spirit make her one of my favorite characters ever. Carter is protective, wise, and a gentleman. He puts other’s lives before his own and a natural leader. Just as his other books this story is filled with wonderful side characters like Zia, Bats, Anubis, Walt, and even the antagonists. The growth in everyone is well developed and you really see how they become their best selves by the end. And as always the book is filled with a beautiful diverse cast of people that Riordan handles with respect and care.
The romance in the book for Carter and Sadie is so cute. They both have such adorable slow burn relationships that just work so well. Riordan allows them to be young and they handle their relationships as young teens would. It is realistic and I love how it is not the focus. They focus on their tasks and saving the world but the occasional romantic moment takes place for some light-hearted cute moments. The family relationships are also so precious. I love the sibling relationship between Carter and Sadie it reminds me of my siblings. Even in the midst of danger and death they still throw shade and make fun of each other and if that is not peak sibling relationships I don’t know what is lol.
The Red Pyramid
“It takes strength and courage to admit the truth.”
“Fair means everyone gets what they need. And the only way to get what you need is to make it happen yourself.”
“You both should feel honored.”
“Right, very honored,” I said. “Always wanted to be possessed!”
“I’m the god of funerals. I know every death custom in the world—how to die properly, how to prepare the body and soul for the afterlife. I live for death.”
“You must be fun at parties,” I said.”
“You didn’t need to tell me that.” Anubis’s face was grave. “I’ve learned to fear that sharp tongue.”
“Why did adults have to be so thick? They always say “tell the truth,” and when you do, they don’t believe you. What’s the point?”
The Throne of Fire
“The right choice is hardly ever the easy choice.”
“Sadie, I can’t intervene.” He turned up his palms in frustration. “I told you when we first met, this isn’t an actual physical body.”
“Shame,” I mumbled.
“Sometimes, it takes us a while to appreciate something new, something that might change us for the better.”
“Words are the source of all power. And names are more than just a collection of letters.”
“Sometimes you have to lose a piece to win a game.”
“I’m sorry I can’t do more. But happy birthday, Sadie.”
He leaned forward and kissed me on the lips.”
“Chaos is impatient. It’s random. And above all it’s selfish. It tears down everything just for the sake of change, feeding on itself in constant hunger. But Chaos can also be appealing. It tempts you to believe that nothing matters except what you want.”
“We create order out of chaos, beauty and meaning out of ugly randomness.”
The Serpent’s Shadow
“We speak with one voice,” Walt said. “Especially on this matter. No one hurts Sadie Kane.”
“If anyone asks you if you’re taken,” I said, “the answer is yes.”
“I think I can live with that,” he promised.
“Good,” I said. “Because you don’t want to see me be cross.”
“For what it’s worth: trust your feelings. I can’t promise that you’ll never get hurt again, but I can promise you the risk is worth it.”
“Knowledge of any value can’t be given. It must be sought and earned”
“In the Duat, Anubis looked as he always had, with his tousled dark hair and lovely brown eyes, but I’d never seen him filled with such rage. I realized that anyone who dared to hurt me would suffer his full wrath, and Walt wasn’t going to hold him back.”
“A person’s shadow stood for his legacy, his impact on the world. Some people cast hardly any shadow at all. Some cast long, deep shadows that endured for centuries.”
“Everybody loves to show up at the party once all the hard work is done.”
“I may be biased, but I think jackals are cute and cuddly, even if they were known for digging up graves in Ancient Egypt.”