Back of the Book:
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 haven’t given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians.
And now their most threatening enemy yet – the chaos snake Apophis – is rising. If they don’t prevent him from breaking free in a few days’ time, the world will come to an end. In other words, it’s a typical week for the Kane family.
To have any chance of battling the Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. But that would be a feat more powerful than any magician has ever accomplished.
First they have to search the world for the three sections of the Book of Ra, then they have to learn how to chant its spells. Oh, and did we mention that no one knows where Ra is exactly?
Narrated in two different wisecracking voices, featuring a large cast of new and unforgettable characters, and with adventures spanning the globe, this second installment in the Kane Chronicles is nothing short of a thrill ride.
Rosalia’s Review on Goodreads.com:
I don’t know what it was but this one just felt a lot more like the Percy Jackson series to me. I don’t know if it was the extra recruits or the need to go on a quest but I was just really frustrated with it. The things that make this story different for Percy Jackson felt like surface things and I didn’t enjoy this volume as much as the first one. (read the entire review here)
Format Read: real book
The very worst thing about this book is still the narration. To a lesser degree, Sadie acts older than she is. I know that children do this in real life, also, to try to seem more adult, but this still felt a little off.
The very best thing about this book is still the Egyptian mythology. It’s the main attraction for me at this point. :-( There are some good elements in the story, but it’s nothing astoundingly memorable.
This book will be placed under the 2011 Fantasy Reading Challenge.