Education Desk
Whether it involves classical tales, fantasy, or mystery, many readers prefer books involving ancient mythology of some sort and it is the same reason that made the series, ‘The Kane Chronicles’ by Rick Riordan, so fascinating. Egyptian mythology has always been an attraction for readers and admirers of history. The interest was further amplified by the movies like ‘The Mummy’, ‘Cleopatra’, ‘Oedipus Rex’ and many more.
‘The Kane Chronicles’ series is based on Ancient Egyptian mythos and there are a lot of gods and backstories to keep track of. The series takes a similar approach like that of ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker. The series is narrated in first person and is written in a diary format. It follows siblings Carter and Sadie Kane as they reconnect after a significant tragedy kept them apart for so long. Despite their differences they come together and learn the truth about their family and the Kanes’ place in Egyptian history.
In the book ‘The Red Pyramid’, Carter and Sadie start out heavily untrained and are constantly outnumbered but somehow manage to hold their own in battles against magicians, gods, and monsters with some help from a certain Cat Goddess. They are pretty much facing certain death at every turn while trying to figure out exactly who the real enemy is.
There is a healthy amount of humor (very sarcastic) sprinkled throughout the series. The series contain three books, ‘The Red Pyramid’, ‘The Throne of Fire’, and ‘The Serpent’s Shadow’. It is a good lesson in balancing order and chaos in showing how similar they both are.
Rick Riordan is also the author of the hugely popular Percy Jackson series based in Greek mythology.
Overall it is a great, fun story to sink into especially if you’re trying to escape the reality of the current state of the world. Though the book is listed under children’s literature and fantasy novel, still give it a try and for sure, you will not be disappointed.