Thrill Ride: The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan


Summary courtesy of Goodreads:

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, 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. To have any chance of battling the Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. 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? [This book is] narrated in two different voices, featuring a large cast of new characters, with adventures spanning the globe.

The Throne of Fire is a thrill ride.  Rick Riordan maintains a tight grip on a plot that provides action on every single page – literally, the book does not slow down!  It is perfect for today’s middle grade, young adult and even old adult readers.

The Kane Chronicles do play upon age-old themes of good versus evil.  Carter and Sadie are naturally the ones that must lead the battle against Apophis and Chaos.  They are not necessarily “the chosen ones”, but they combine two pharaoh blood-lines and are therefore extremely gifted and powerful magicians.  They hosted the gods Horus and Isis in the first installment, The Red Pyramid, making them bad-ass magicians.  Carter’s intellect is balanced by Sadie’s impulsive and let’s say, very honest nature.  They are the perfect pair to take on Egyptian gods and magicians to save the world.

Rick Riordan’s writing is fast-paced.  The adventures are breathtaking and the minor characters range from young magicians to crazy gods.  It is easy to look past the “formulaic” essence of the book.  The infusion of Egyptian mythology and blending of two worlds offers a different and fun twist to the fight between good and evil and the children that must lead this fight.

Amidst this epic battle, Sadie and Carter must deal with the death of their parents and their feelings for others. Sadie has just turned thirteen and has two very serious crushes.  One on an Egyptian god and another on a fellow magician.  Carter claims to be completely in-love with Zia – a character from the first installment, The Red Pyramid, who taught him magic and essentially helped to save the Kanes’ lives.  Carter is fourteen.

As a thirty-something woman I find it hard to believe that a thirteen or fourteen year old can truly fall in-love…isn’t it more like fall infatuation? But, then I recall the intense emotions of adolescence…I think back to the dilemmas my friends and I shared at thirteen and fourteen of age (eons ago)…yup, a girl of thirteen and a boy of fourteen may say that they are in love and completely believe it.

Combine their raging hormones with their intense longing for their parents and Carter and Sadie become all the more endearing. Riordan masterfully combines the angst & issues of adolescence with the fantasy of being Egyptian magicians. No matter how much magic they know, their teenage problems exist and have no magical resolution.  They must lead the battle to save the world while learning to navigate love, relationships, friendships and their own brother/sister bond.

Riordan combines an exceptionally thrilling adventure, knowledge of Egyptian mythology, travel across the globe and two incredible narrators that take the reader through an exhilarating ride.  For young readers, this book will delight and keep them engrossed for hours.  For old readers, it is such a fun break from perhaps the more serious books we read and will take us back to our earlier years of reading…reminding us of all the books that made us readers in the first place.  I can’t wait to finish Carter and Sadie’s story with The Serpent’s Shadow.

Have you read a book that took you back to your young reading self?

3 thoughts on “Thrill Ride: The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

    1. Thanks! got it from sweetjellybean – she did a step-by-step tutorial recently. You can link to her through my Friends page. I may have her under AJ’s Mom… She also did a tutorial on buttons – but I haven’t tried it yet.


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