Book Review – The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

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Title: The Throne of Fire
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Date: 2011
Publisher: Puffin
Pages: 446
Started: 19th January 2013
Completed: 20th September 2015
Rating: 3.5/5
Summary: ‘Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed on the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister, Sadie, have been in big trouble. As descendants of the magical House of Life, they command certain powers. But now a terrifying enemy – Apophis, the giant snake of chaos – is rising. If Carter and Sadie don’t destroy him, the world will end in five days’ time. And in order to battle the forces of chaos, they must revive the sun god Ra – a feat no magician has ever achieved. Because first they must search the world for the three sections of the Book of Ra, then they have to learn how to chant its spells . . . Can the Kanes destroy Apophis before he swallows the sun and plunges the earth into darkness . . . forever?’ – Amazon UK

The Throne of Fire is the second book in Rick Riordan’s trilogy The Kane Chronicles. It is preceded by The Red Pyramid and followed by The Serpent’s Shadow. The trilogy follows the lives of Carter and Sadie Kane who are descended from Egyptian Pharaohs and are the ‘hosts’ of Egyptian gods.

I have not read the final book in this series yet.

I really like Rick Riordan’s writing style. He has a real gift for writing multiple point of views and this book is no exception. There’s only two point of views in The Throne of Fire, Carter Kane’s and Sadie Kane’s. It’s done in the style of a recording, as if they’re talking to you instead of writing it down, and they often interrupt each other. This gives the book a real sense of humour at times and I really enjoyed this style of narration.

I love the Egyptian mythology – even though it is very simplified – and Set (the god of storms among other things) is by far the best character. In the previous book he is the main antagonist but in The Throne of Fire he provides comic relief in a way. I just really enjoyed his character.

The plot isn’t as action packed as the first book. It does have a lot of plot in it but it just seems like it’s all packed into the last few chapters. I really hope the action picks up in The Serpent’s Shadow though. The plot of The Throne of Fire is about restoring Ra, the sun god, to his throne before Apophis destroys civilisation. Carter and Sadie first have to find the scrolls of Ra and then travel along the River of Night to wake Ra. There’s a lot of side plots too involving Carter and Zia, Sadie and Anubis (the god of the afterlife), and Sadie and Walt (her other love interest). However, the main plot is the journey to awaken Ra.

As you can see, it took me well over two years to complete this book. This was mainly because I’m not fond of either Carter or Sadie as characters.

Sadie can be quite annoying but she’s a 13-year-old girl so she’s allowed to be annoying. Also, the way in which Carter treats his sister is appalling. He leaves her in the middle of their ‘quest’ to go and help the girl he fancies.

Also, the love triangle is so annoying. Sadie is in love with Anubis, who is the god of the afterlife for crying out loud, and Walt whose family is mysteriously cursed. I hate love triangles at the best of times but this one just really gets on my nerves. She’s only 13 too!

Overall, it’s good but not great. It’s definitely not the best book in the series, never mind Rick Riordan’s best book. I’m looking forward to reading the final book where all the action is (hopefully) going to happen. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads because there isn’t a 3.5 option but I have only rated it a 3.5 for this review.

I would recommend this book if you like Rick Riordan’s books. Obviously this is the second book in the series so you’d have to start with the first book, The Red Pyramid. However, I don’t think I’d recommend it to everyone. I don’t think Riordan necessarily put as much effort into this series compared to the Percy Jackson series’. Which is a shame because Egyptian mythology deserves to be showcased.


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