Back of the Book:
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.
Mitchel’s Review on Goodreads.com:
The set up is promising, as the two narrators (and protagonists) relay their plan to take an entire record of their adventure and then hide it in a locker and some school for the right person to find. If you read the opening chapter of The Lightning Thief and loved its warning, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this. But it quickly became gimmicky to me, as Carter and Sadie take turns telling the tale, they also interrupt each other to crack awfully corny jokes and spout “witty” one liners. I think it would have been better to leave that narrative device to the opening and closing. (read the entire review here)
Format Read: real book
The very worst thing about this book is the back and forth narration between Carter and Sadie. It’s frustrating, annoying, and gives you a headache. Half the time you can’t remember who is narrating.
The very best thing about this book is the Egyptian mythology. I’ve always been a sucker for Ancient Egyptian everything, even when it’s not at it’s best. I won’t pretend to be even an armchair expert, but Ancient Egypt has always fascinated me so I’ll stick with this series no matter what.
This book will be placed under the 2011 Fantasy Reading Challenge.