Title: The Throne of Fire
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Kane Chronicles #2
Published: May 03, 2011 by Hyperion Books for Children
Length: 452 pages (hardcover)
The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan is the second book in the Kane Chronicles. Siblings Sadie and Carter have five days to awaken the Egyptian sun god Ra in order to stop the snake Apophis, the embodiment of chaos. Apophis plans to escape from his prison and swallow the sun god Ra, causing chaos to rule. Sadie and Carter have to awaken Ra so they can stop Apophis, and his accomplices. Now joined by multiple trainees at Brooklyn house, Sadie, Carter, Jaz, and Walt begin the search for the Book of Ra. But with Carter trying to track down Zia, his crush from the first book, while evading capture from the House of Life and creatures of chaos, can they make it in time?
The Throne of Fire is a humorous adventure novel full of action, danger, and magic. It is narrated by the two Kane siblings who switch off. I really enjoyed the wit and difference in writing voices. In many books that have multiple narrators, it can be difficult to keep track of when they have switched, but the unique voices of each character is apparent, and makes the story even better.
The book is written as if it was a recording transcribed into the book. This brilliant and unique device adds to the characters of Sadie and Carter as they fight over the microphone, and makes the reader feel as if they are a part of the journey.
This magical novel is full of courage, sacrifice, and decisions that could save the world or destroy it. Overall, I would give this book 3.6/5 stars. It presents Egyptian Mythology in an interesting way and is a fun read.
“And frankly, the fact that everyone kept telling me it was a bad idea – Bast, Horus, even Sadie – made me more certain it was the right thing to do.” -Rick Riordan, The Throne of Fire
“Sometimes, it takes us a while to appreciate something new, something that might change us for the better.” -Rick Riordan, The Throne of Fire
“Words are the source of all power. And names are more than just a collection of letters.” -Rick Riordan, The Throne of Fire
“We choose to believe in Ma’at. We create order out of chaos, beauty out of ugly randomness. That’s what Egypt is all about.” -Rick Riordan, The Throne of Fire