(The Kane Chronicles, Book One0
by Rick Riordan
'Since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.
One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.
Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them--Set has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe -- a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.'
*** MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS ***
As soon as I finished the last Percy Jackson book, I dove into this book, which is from the same author and is of similar style. Where the Percy Jackson books focused on the Greek and Roman gods, this series gets us better acquainted with the Egyptian gods. I thought that would be so interesting because I know even less about those gods. Turns out those gods are little more confusing, and a little more freaky.
At first, this book seemed like a fabulous breath of fresh air after plowing through all the Percy Jackson books. This one seemed to have more of a magical, Harry Potter type feel to it. And while there is more magic in this, I was bummed to find the story fell back on the *exact* same format as the Percy Jackson books. Whyyyyy? I mean EXACT. We have the boy and girl heroes who start out having no clue about their godly connections. We have a trip to a museum that goes horribly wrong and the main kids getting whisked away to safety by a magical someone who has been looking out for them. Then it gets into all the same questing and side missions and time limits and cross country travel. We have the same visits to the underworld, the same 'be anywhere and learn everything' cheater dream technique, even down to the same 'villain can't be beat without gods and mortals working together' tactic. There was, once again, the whole 'will you sacrifice the ones you love to save the world?' drama. It was just Percy Jackson all over again with new names.
I did enjoy the book though. Since I was already used to this Rick Riordan format, it did seem to keep a pretty good pace. The characters were entertaining, and learning a bit about the Egyptian gods was interesting. I just wish the author could come up with something different for a change.