Friday, February 3, 2012

Book Review: The Throne of Fire

TITLE: The Throne of Fire
Book 2 in the Kane Chronicles
AUTHOR: Rick Riordan
CATEGORY: Childrens/middle-grade
GENRE: mythology, urban fantasy, adventure
PREMISE: Sadie and Carter continue their quest in the fight against Apophis.
MY REVIEW: I have had a long love affair with Riordan's books in the past year or so. This book is really no exception. If you have read Percy Jackson or the first book from this series you already know the drill with these books. Yes, they are a bit nutty at times. No, they are not the pinnacle of children's literature or overly complicated.
But they are damn fun and do something that I just have to tip my hat to Riordan for: explain mythology in a way that kids will get. Because Egyptian mythology is wild. You think Greek mythology is bad? Egypt is ten times worse and even more bloody. But Riordan incorporates the Egyptian myths in a well done way that is respectful of the culture and doesn't trample all over the myths for his own purposes. Which is the number one issue I had with The Goddess Test (not reviewed here because I didn't finish it out of disgust at the pushing the Christian principals into the greek mythology. I mean seriously, ZEUS is against pre-marital sex? ZEUS? Plus I thought the tests were lame).
Anyway, by now most of you have probably figured out if you're a fan of these books or not. If you loved the first book or the Percy Jackson series then this one will be no exception.
WHO SHOULD READ: those that read and liked the first book, Percy Jackson fans
MY RATING: Four and a half out of Five egyptian runes

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