Sunday, May 6, 2012

Review: The Throne of Fire - Rick Riordan

The Throne of Fire
by Rick Riordan
Middle Grade
Read From: Apr. 7, 2012 - Apr. 14, 2012

Every bit as good as The Red Pyramid. Sadie and Carter continue to be witty and intelligent heroes, and their sibling banter very real. I still have a difficult time comparing this particular series to Percy Jackson and the Olympians because they are different enough. I will venture to say, however, that I actually am growing to like the Egyptian gods better than the Greek ones, from the standpoint that the Egyptian gods seem more human than Ares or Zeus. But they also don't seem as powerful. As I said in my review for The Red Pyramid, such differences work for The Kane Chronicles, but if the Author had portrayed the Greek and Roman gods like this in Percy Jackson and The Heroes of Olympus, it probably would not have worked.

Needless to say, The Throne of Fire is full of new perils and villains. Apophis is still not as scary as Kronos or Gaia, but he works for the series. Meanwhile, I found absolutely nothing about Set intimidating. He's actually really funny in this installment - kind of reminds me of Jim Carry in The Mask, only red instead of green. I believe that this was the Author's intention, though, so it works. And though many of the twists in The Throne of Fire are predictable, they are twists that leave the Reader satisfied with being right, rather than leaving you thinking, "I was hoping that my guess was incorrect, because that's just lame!"

I look forward to The Serpent's Shadow.

Others in The Kane Chronicles:
1)The Red Pyramid
2)The Throne of Fire
3)The Serpent's Shadow

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