The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan is the second book in the Kane Chronicles series following The Red Pyramid. The best thing about this book is that doesn’t not suffer from middle book syndrome at all. It had its own storyline and a complete plot within the grander scheme of the trilogy. What’s more, it was action packed and fast paced. I love when the second book in a trilogy is more than just a stepping stone to the third book. And in further good news, the ending still leaves you pretty excited to read the third book (The Serpent’s Shadow).
I felt kind of luke warm about Sadie and Carter in the first book. I like them, but didn’t love them. They really grew on me in this book and now I call them friends. Also, in the first book I was distracted by their dual narration, but in this book it seemed more natural. Or perhaps I just got used to it. Either way, I felt like they were more clever and endearing in this book. I liked their cute semi-romances too (perfectly middle-grade style romances). I also loved some of the additional characters in this book (especially Bes!). On the hole, I enjoyed this book more than I did The Red Pyramid, and I’m excited to read the conclusion in the third book.
This book qualifies for the Classic Double Challenge because it relies heavily on Egyptian mythology. I’m not as familiar with Egyptian mythology as I am with Greek and Roman, or even Norse. I was mostly just familiar with the main figures: Ra, Osiris, Isis, Horus, etc. So, it has been fun to learn a bit more while reading these books. I’ve been able to delve into a better understand of some of the themes within Egyptian mythology: duat, maat, chaos, etc. Riordan does a great job with sticking with the classic portrayal of these things as well as the gods and goddesses. His website even gives you a cursory rundown of Egyptian history and a description of the gods and goddesses he introduces in the book. This is one of the great things about the middle grade books that Riordan writes. He does it because he wants his target audience to learn something. Awesome.
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