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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Review: Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan



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, which has become 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. In other words, it’s a typical week for the Kane family. To have any chance of battling the Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. But that would be a feat more powerful than any magician has ever accomplished. First 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? Narrated in two different wisecracking voices, featuring a large cast of new and unforgettable characters, and with adventures spanning the globe, this second installment in the Kane Chronicles is nothing short of a thrill ride.

Audio CD, Library Edition, 13 dics
Published May 3rd 2011 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2011)
ISBN: 1455808393 (ISBN13: 9781455808397)
series: Kane Chronicles #2


Having been unimpressed with The Red Pyramid, I was wary of checking out The Throne of Fire.  But I was desperate for a new audiobook, and the cover looked pretty good, so I risked it.

What an awesome book this is!

The second world-saving adventure falls on the thirteenth birthday of Sadie.  So, she’s mopy and self-centered at times, and I can totally understand why—I would feel the same way if this stuff happened on my day!  Carter come across a little bit like an oaf.  He’s not quite the hero as much as a love-struck-gotta-save-the-girl magician.  Sadie really is the go-to girl for the world-saving.  And I really like her in this role, but felt disappointed that Carter wasn’t more of a hero.  And maybe this was Sadie’s chance to shine, since Carter kinda had the lead in The Red Pyramid.

Either way, in true Riordan fashion, there is non-stop action from beginning to end.  There is an amazing cast of supporting characters and gods!  Riordan’s knowledge of Egyptian had me awestruck.  Some minor gods have some major roles in this book!  Take a bow, Mr. Riordan!

And, also in Riordan fashion, there’s not much I can without ruining the plot!  So, do yourself a favor, and read this book!

I cannot wait for the third installment in the Kane Chronicles!

5 Trees: This throne is on fire!

Get to reading,


  1. I'll have to check these ones out. Thanks for the review! Glad I found another audio book listener :o)

  2. I love Rick Riordan so very much it's almost embarrassing. I haven't done this series yet.

    I bought my girls the Percy Jackson books for Christmas. When they opened them, I flailed and squealed and they looked at me funny. I really need to get control of myself where the mythology is concerned, but I just can't help it. Middle Grade forever, especially where Riordan and mythology is concerned.

    I'm totally reading this book either by audio or print this year. Count on it.


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