Review: The Throne of Fire

TITLE: The Throne of Fire (The Kane Chronicles #2)
AUTHOR: Rick Riordan
PUBLICATION: 2011 by Hyperion Books
FORMAT: Hardcover


After the showdown at the Red Pyramid, Carter and Sadie have learned that Apophis is trying to return from the Duat prison. Their plan is to discover the pieces of the Book of Ra and awaken the missing sun god to challenge Chaos with Order. However, not everyone is happy about the return of Ra and the rebel magicians will have their hands full just trying to stay alive on their quest to restore the first king of the gods to his throne.


I really put off reading this book too long, but once I bought it last year I decided that I was going to wait until the conclusion to the trilogy was published and read all the books together. I didn’t want my faulty memory to be an issue with trying to pick up a series again and that’s one reason why I reread The Red Pyramid.

Thankfully the second installment of Riordan’s Egyptian trilogy proved to be as entertaining and as much of a page-turner as the first book. There were several moments where I failed to stifle a laugh as I read. It continues the same style of narrative as the first book by narrating between Carter’s and Sadie’s perspectives as they are recording their adventures. It was interesting to see how the siblings would fare as they took the hard path to be worthy of the power of the gods. It seems as though roles could be reversed because gods that were allies in the previous volumes could become deadly enemies now, and those who seemed the biggest threat are the most amusing/helpful. I think I like the change. It keeps our protagonists and their new friends on their toes!

As for the characters it’s nice to see both new and old characters joining the frey. And can I mention how much I am enjoying the character of Set? He made me laugh so hard. I grew to look forward to his appearances with great anticipation. However, I was a little disappointed to see how much of a hypocrite that Sadie turned out to be when she dared to judge Bes of being concerned about a person’s superficial qualities due to the fact that she makes a comment about the gorgeous appearance of Anubis every time she sees him. Just a bit of the pot calling the kettle black there. And she claims she’s not the boy crazy one like her girl friends in London, but then she starts crushing on Walt.

More little hints of the Greek pantheon have popped up as Carter mentions he thought he saw a flying horse in Manhattan when gazing from his balcony. Yet that’s the only one that I remember coming across this time.

Oh, I think that these books would be just smashing as film adaptations! (I really enjoyed The Lightning Thief.) It contains a nice blend of action and comical relief and I believe it would do very well on the big screen.

I found The Throne of Fire to be a worthy successor in the Kane Chronicles trilogy and I feel like other readers would think the same. I now have my hands on the conclusion to the trilogy and I am off to read it and see how it ends.


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