The sequel to Rick Riordan's great book The Red Pyramid, the Throne of Fire continued the story of Carter and Sadie Kane, descendants of pharaohs and magicians.
Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister, Sadie, have been in deep... read more
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 have not given them much time to hone their skills at Brooklyn... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
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 have not given them much time to hone their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians. The other branches of the House of Life are hunting the Kanes down once they left the safety of their branch, the Brooklyn House. And now their most threatening enemy yet—the chaos serpent Apophis—is rising. If they do not prevent him from breaking free in a few days' time, the world will come to an end. The story begins with Carter and Sadie breaking in to the Brooklyn Museum during a wedding to search for a part of the Book of Ra, which will allow them to wake up Ra to help them imprison or kill Apophis, the lord of chaos. Along with them are Khufu the baboon, and their new trainees, Jaz and Walt. Instead, they find a papyrus scroll that is booby trapped with a series of fire traps. As Carter and Walt distract the demons that are a part of the booby trap, Jaz performs a spell that banishes the demons back to the Duat, but Jaz ends up falling into a coma. Before she does, she manages to hand Sadie a wax statue to heal Carter. Carter escapes from the museum with the griffin before the police arrive. When they arrive back in the mansion, Carter explains to the new trainees that they must find Ra, the sun god, before Apophis wakes in four days and swallows the sun as well as all of existence. They also find out that to do this, they must find the three scrolls that control the embodiments of Ra, one of them being the scroll that Sadie found in the museum. However, new enemies await, such as Vladimir (Menshikov) who serves Apophis and holds one of the key scrolls in freeing Ra. (During Carter's wait for Sadie to return he goes out on the balcony, of his room, and during this time he talks about different things. One of them being a reference to Percy Jackson of the Greek story line written by Riordan. He talks about how Amos told him Magicians stay away from Manhattan and how Sadie laughed at him because he thought he saw a flying horse. This can only possibly be Pegasus. If you read the Percy Jackson series, you learn that Mount Olympus is on top of the empire state building in Manhattan.) <5><6>
“Ra is a thin old fool”Carter Kane
“I'm here to tell you, that comment about weasel cookies probably saved the known universe.”Carter Kane
“If you didn't listen to our first recording, well...pleased to meet you: the Egyptian gods are running around loose in the modern world; a bunch of magicians called the House of Life is trying to stop them; everyone hates Sadie and me; and a big snake is about to swallow the sun and destroy the world.”Carter Kane
“As soon as we started our quest, a magical ice cream salesman named Vlad the Inhaler was going to try to assassinate us.”Carter Kane
“Sorry I didn't answer sooner," said the farmer. "I am Ptah. And no, Sadie Kane, I am not the god of spit.”Ptah The God Of Crafts
“Welcome children," he called across the water "Come. Join me for the end of the world.”Vlad Menshikov
“Est-il alle?" he asked, which my grammar school French led me to believe meant either "Is he gone?" or possibly "Have you repaired the island?" Fine...it was probably the first one.”Sadie Kane, Michel Desjardins
“Shhh," I told them, trying to stay composed, as if I met hot guys in graveyards every day.”Sadie Kane
“I'm a dwarf. I don't duck!”Bes
“Lovely day. Penguin in the fireplace, if anyone's interested.”Sadie Kane
“We were the kanes which ment everything could go wrong.”Sadie Kane
“Horus had shared space in my head. I still had some of his antisocial habits like the urge to hunt small furry rodents or challenge people to the death.”Carter Kane
1. Fun with Spontaneous Combustion.
2. We Tame a Seven-Thousand-Pound Hummingbird.
3. The Ice Cream Man Plots Our Death.
4. A Birthday Invitation to Armegeddon.
5. I Learn to Really Hate Dung Beetles.
6. A Birdbath Almost Kills Me.
7. A Gift from the Dog-headed Boy.
8. Major Delays at Waterloo Station (We Apologize for the Giant Baboon).
9. We Get A Vertically Challenged Tour of Russia.
10. An Old Red Friend Comes to Visit.
11. Carter Does Something Incredibly Stupid (and No One Is Surprised).
12. I Master the Fine Art of Name Calling.
13. I Get a Demon Up My Nose.
14. At The Tomb of Zia Rashid.
15. Camels Are Evil...
16. ...But Not as Evil as Romans.
17. Menshikov Hires a Happy Death Squad.
18. Gambling on Doomsday Eve.
19. The Revenge of Bullwinkle the Moose God.
20. We Visit the House of the Helpful Hippo.
21. We Buy Some Time.
22. Friends in the Strangest Places.
23. We Throw a Wild House Party.
24. I Make an Impossible Promise.
On page 110, Anubis was talking and it said, "But if want the scroll, you've got no choice.", when it should have said, "But if you want the scroll, you've got no choice."
On page 145, it said, "Close to top was stone staircase maybe thirty feet wide, built into the hillside.", when it should have said, "Close to the top was a stone staircase maybe thirty feet wide, built into the hillside."
On page 545, Sadie, Narrating, calls Vlad the Inhaler an "Ice Cream Vendor", even though in England he would be called an "Ice Cream Man"
It's a very interesting book that is funny and teaches the readers a little about the Egyptians. A book teens and parents will enjoy reading themselves. Rick Riordan is a fantastic author and his books are written in such a way that they are enjoyable for adults as well.
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