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The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid [Paperback]

Rick Riordan
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Aug. 20 2011 Kane Chronicles (Book 1)
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.

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About the Author

Rick Riordan (www.rickriordan.com) is the author of the New York Times #1 best-selling The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero; the New York Times #1 best-selling The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid; as well as all five books in the New York Times #1 best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: The Lightning Thief; The Sea of Monsters; The Titan's Curse; The Battle of the Labyrinth; and The Last Olympian. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Rick Riordan Takes on Egyptian Mythology Sept. 2 2010
By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER
I adored Rick Riordan's series based on Greek mythology, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, so when I learned he had a new series going, based on Egyptian mythology, I was predisposed to adore it too. The Red Pyramid is the first book in The Kane Chronicles, and it introduces us to our main characters, Carter and Sadie Kane. Following their mother's untimely death six years earlier, 14-year-old Carter has been traveling the world with his archeologist father, being home-schooled and desperately wishing he could have a normal life, school, friends....Meantime, 12-year-old Sadie has been in the keeping of their maternal grandparents in London, with all the stability that Carter longs for; not surprisingly, she wishes she had his freedom, and his close connection with their father, whom Sadie only sees twice a year. On one of these semi-annual visits, Julius Kane, their formidable parent, takes them to the British Museum, where he intends to conduct a ritual involving the Rosetta Stone. But it goes horribly awry, and Julius is captured by one of the ancient Egyptian gods, the evil Set, whose mission is to cause chaos and destruction throughout the world. It is left to Carter and Sadie, with a little help from the cat goddess Bast and the magicians Zia and Amos, Julius's brother, to try to stop Set and save the world. But they have very little time....As is likely true of most readers of this novel, I am less familiar with Egyptian mythology than I am with Greek, but I'm assuming that Riordan is as accurate with this set of deities as he was with the Greeks; once again, he provides an action-packed storyline that is saved from sheer breathlessness by the excellent rendition of many, even minor, characters, who forward the plot and provide entertainment as well. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rivetting action and memorable characters! May 28 2012
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My students challenged me to read this book; I couldn't put it down! I had already started the Percy Jackson series but I think I like this one even more! Very well done, Mr. Riordan! One of my grade 3 students polished off this book in about three days; she was reading every spare minute! She and I were fighting over who was going to get to the second book first!
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent! March 3 2014
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I wait for new books from that serie with impatience. Always good books from this author, this one doesn't change from that, thank you very much!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Red Pyramid Aug. 12 2013
By smar
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Is a wonderful read and the characters are excellent the writing is awesome the best book in a great series I have already read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once again, loved Rick Riordan's book Jan. 1 2013
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This is the first book in the Kane Chronicles trilogy. I loved his Percy Jackson seres, so I decided to give this set a try. I loved it! Very entertaining, funny, and full of educational facts about ancient Egypt.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Rick Riordan's run of fun fantasy continues. Using myth combined with fantasy this has the promise of a great new series.

This new series, unlike the Percy Jackson series, is told by a brother and sister -- Carter and Sadie -- who alternate chapters. The setting is an alternative earth where magic exists. In this case, the magic is based in Egyptian mythology rather than the Greek of "The Olympians" books. And Carter and Sadie have their heritage flow from the pharaohs rather than from be offspring of the so-called 'gods' themselves.

The Egyptian myths leave plenty of scope for future stories to come. Other great new fantasy books that have recently been released are the brilliant 'Godstone - The Kairos Boxes' and 'Chosen Ones'.

Godstone - The Kairos Boxes
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kanes on the run May 16 2010
Having explored the trouble caused by Titans and Greek gods, Riordan has apparently turned his attention to a new pantheon -- Egyptian gods. "The Red Pyramid" is overlong in places, but Riordan's first Kane Chronicles novel is a rollicking adventure/fantasy filled with ancient deities (in modern forms), fireballs, hostile magicians, and a basketball-playing baboon.

Ever since their mother died, the Kane kids have hardly seen one another. Carter travels the world with his Egyptologist father, while Sadie lives with their maternal grandparents in London. But when their father attempts a magic spell and is captured by the god Set, Carter and Sadie are temporarily whisked away by their uncle Amos -- and then found by a mysterious magical cabal called the House of Life.

Unfortunately, the kids soon learn two things -- Set is planning to destroy the world in just a few days, and the House has decided that they must be killed. So they're on the run with the cat goddess Bast (formerly Sadie's cat Muffin), trying to find a way to stop an ancient god of chaos from killing their father and plunging the world into horror.They'll have to venture into ancient, unspeakable dangers, and discover a side of themselves that they never knew of... but even that might not restore Ma'at.

On the surface, "The Red Pyramid" sounds a lot like Riordan's Percy Jackson series -- you've got disaffected teenagers trying to save the world from evil gods, and finding out they have some magic powers themselves. But it actually is a rather different story (there's no safe haven for these kids!), and the interwoven Egyptian myths and magic give it a very distinct flavor of its own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exquisitely Written
This book is blossoms with imagination and creativity in story line, character development and in the the clarity that this author is able to muster. Read more
Published on April 21 2011 by Niko
4.0 out of 5 stars Different - but fun!
Being a fan of the Percy Jackson series, we couldn't wait to dive into this one. I got the audio book, and it was different in that there were two narrators and while it took a... Read more
Published on March 17 2011 by Tammy E. Huska
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning
Carter and Sadie Kane have their world turned upside down in one night. They are siblings raised apart. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2011 by Steven R. McEvoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent customer service
Due to some overloads at Christmas I never received this product but once the seller was made aware of the error they were VERY quick to give me a refund.
Published on Jan. 15 2011 by darkchar
5.0 out of 5 stars Hes done it again!
This is great, Rick Riordan has done an excellent job. I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm an adult and I have read this and the Percy Jackson series. Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2010 by Valerie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kane Chronicles, The Book One: Red Pyramid
Purchesed for my 15 year old Grandson, who thought it was an awesome book and can't wait for the second one to come out in October. Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2010 by best gran
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too
I started to read this book to my fifth graders, but it is long and the end of the year crept up on us and we didn't get to finish it. So I took it home and finished it myself. Read more
Published on June 30 2010 by TeensReadToo
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