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The Throne Of Fire

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

The  second book in The Kane Chronicles, so there are spoilers ahead for The Red Pyramid.

It's told in the same format -- as if a transcript from a recording, made by Sadie and Carter in turn, with (small) interjections from their current setting.  And instead of merely intimidating that the Egyptian-god-related characters don't go into Manhattan because it's someone else's bailiwick, and mentioning Hermes at a different time, in this one, Carter positively mentions seeing winged horses over Manhattan.  I can't remember off-hand whether The Lost Hero had any allusions to The Kane Chronicles, but one can wonder whether they will hook up at some point in the future.

It opens with Sadie, Carter, and Knufu, their baboon friends, on the museum roof ready to steal something along with Jaz and Walt -- who are their students.  Apparently their attempts at the end of The Red Pyramid. bore fruit.  Unfortunately, the museum closed earlier because a wedding was being staged there.  

Some ruckus later, on Sadie's birthday, which she is determined to spend with friends, they learn they recovered one third of the scroll to revive Ra.  And Apophis is moving.

Which evolves into another running adventure involving baboons, vultures, a ghost named Mad Claude, a coffin made of water, two love-triangles, a nursing home, a wedding of dwarfs in Tsarist Russia, a boat voyage, and intrigue in the House of Life.

This tale, rather more strongly than The Red Pyramid, leaves threads that point to the sequel, especially between the characters.  Still, the adventure ties together well, and resolves well. 

(Unlike the Percy Jackson series, this one is not racketting toward more serious.  Then, considering it started at the seriousness of The Last Olympian, that's probably well.)


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May. 14th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
Possible spoilers maybe? Small one?
I just finished this today.

Riordan's writing is always fun. He's no Rowling, and noen of his books stand up to Harry Potter, but then, what books do? But yeah, they're fun.

My biggest peeve with a lot of his books is that there's usually a huge case of Writer on Board, where I know he's doing something only for plot reasons (The Last Olympian and everything to do with the traitor drove me up the freaking wall). There's less of this in The Kane Chronicles so far... a small bit in this book where I just wanted to scream "Out with the big secret already!" but the constant interruptions that prevented the telling of said secret didn't last as long as I expected.

Anyways, I enjoyed it. It's not brilliant, but it's entertaining.
May. 14th, 2011 02:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Possible spoilers maybe? Small one?
Eh, Riordan's got some points that Rowling did. Like explaining why no one told Percy about the prophecy -- because the gods think it might endanger them, and being jerks, care exculsively about that and not at all about Percy.

My own spoiler warning

What I wondered about was that no one ever considered having Isis give back Ra his true name. Since we know it's possible, now. Possibly even Sadie could do it with Isis.
May. 14th, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Possible spoilers maybe? Small one?
because the gods think it might endanger them, and being jerks, care exculsively about that and not at all about Percy.

That wasn't the impression I got, but I could have been totally wrong, especially because this explanation fits with the overall consistency of, as you said, the gods caring for themselves and no one else. That makes a lot more sense than "hey kid, there's this prophecy we can't tell you about because it's dangerous for you to know about it, but we're gonna send you off on dangerous quests! :D :D" which was the impression I got... but I've only read the series once. I might read them again one day.

I like Ra. ^_^ "Weasel cookies" has to be one of my favorite parts of the whole book, though of course it's funnier in context. I think Ra would make an awesome king of the gods just the way he is. "Zebras!" XD But then, I'm not having to fight the forces of Chaos, either, so.... Anyways, that's definitely a possibility, that giving him back his ren might change him the way they need.

(Though, now that we know what "Weasels" means, the whole "Weasel cookies" comment is... even weirder.)
May. 15th, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Possible spoilers maybe? Small one?
We know what "Weasels" mean. We don't know what "cookies" means.
May. 14th, 2011 05:24 am (UTC)
I actually liked the Throne of Fire more than The Red Pyramid. I felt that Red Pyramid moved a little slowly. Throne of Fire moved right through everything. And I really liked Bes.

Riordan's books are really fun to read. They make me giggle and smile at the silly things he has his characters do. The little secrets and mysteries themselves that he throws in don't really bother me much... it's when he constantly drills it in that gets on my nerves. Some hints here and there, that's fine. But bringing it up every chapter feels like a hammer to the head.
May. 14th, 2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
There was a certain amount of backstory to The Red Pyramid that has definitely gotten out of the way.
May. 14th, 2011 01:29 pm (UTC)
I just realized that I don't remember a THING about the Red Pyramid. Looks like I'll have to read it again if I want to read the second book. Oops! :)
May. 14th, 2011 02:30 pm (UTC)
Reading The Throne of Fire might jog your memory. . . but there are a lot of continuing threads.
May. 14th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
isnt this the new one?!
May. 15th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
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