The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
Release Date: May 3rd, 2011
Hyperion Books for Children, 528 Pages
Source: Bought the Hardback
Age Group: Middle Grade
Series: Kane Chronicles #2
Follow up to: The Red Pyramid
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?
The Kane kids are at it again. In the sequel to The Red Pyramid, you get another hilarious yet enthralling account of Sadie and Carter Kane battling the mythological, Egyptian forces of evil. Even though they are just kids, they manage to make quite the impression among the other magicians and become true leaders for Brooklyn House (their refuge for kid magicians who just want to restore Maat -order- and defeat Chaos).
This book contains a lot more unfortunate losses of magicians and minor gods that are loved dearly by the Kanes. Their mother is now a ghost who stays in the Underworld with their father, who has become the god of the dead. Sadie and Carter aren’t alone though…they have their allies and their friends.
There are many twists and turns, non-stop action, touching moments, deflating defeats, romantic angst, and glorious victories all within this one book. It is an emotional roller coaster that I think many of our angsty YA book lovers out there would gobble up!
As the Kane kids find their way through the Duat to find the sun god Ra, they encounter plenty of obstacles and colorful characters. However, their perseverance leads them through great battles that are deemed insurmountable. Overall, the bottom line for this book is that even though something may seem impossible, with the right attitude and support, anything is possible. I love Rick Riordan’s books and will continue to read this series eagerly!