Thursday, June 16, 2011

Review of The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

Book Two in Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles is thoroughly entertaining. The Throne of Fire takes readers back into the world of Ancient Egypt and fills in the gaps left from The Red Pyramid.

The most remarkable part of this story is Riordan’s vision of the Journey of Ra, the sun god. Carter and Sadie Kane experience this fantastic Journey in their search for the aged Sun God to help defeat Chaos.

I had an easier time with the narrator shifts between Carter and Sadie, but still glanced up at the top of the pages for the current storyteller. However, some of the Kanes’ wordplay reduced the tension of the story in places as I, the reader, realized they had survived the current predicament.

I applaud Riordan’s inclusion in this book of a glossary of Commands used by the Kanes, additional Egyptian terms, and a list of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. This was missing in Book One. I used these three resources frequently while reading.

The Throne of Fire makes a good read for ages 9 and up this summer. Can’t wait for Book Three to see how the Kanes deal with the new challenges.

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