Girls*Heart* Books: The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan: Series Review & Giveaway

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan: Series Review & Giveaway

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.

For those of you who don't know, I am a HUGE Rick Riordan fan. In my opinion, the man is a genius and I don't throw that word around a whole lot. My niece actually introduced me to his work when she was reading the Percy Jackson series a few years ago. The rest, as they say, is history.  So thank you again to my niece because Riordan has provided me with some of my very favorite reading material EVER.

The Kane Chronicles series is told from the dual perspectives of siblings Carter and Sadie Kane.   I love the format; it's presented as tape recorded accounts of their adventures together that Riordan transcribes. They're brilliantly written; full of humor, action and suspense. Also, they are books you can share with younger teens and not feel uncomfortable about what they may read. My favorite kind of books to get lost in, really.

Riordan provides another stellar cast of characters for readers to fall in love with in this series.  No one is perfect and everyone is interesting, which is normal for Riordan's creations. The growth of the Kane siblings characters, in particular,  as the series progresses is huge and helps to move the plot along keeping the reader invested in their developments. Carter seems to have the most responsibility sitting on his shoulders as the oldest of the two, but Sadie has more than her share as well and neither of them shies away from their obligations. There is no whining 'why me?' which makes me very happy. Carter and Sadie have lost most of their family, yet, they keep pushing forward, determined to do what they must to save their world. 

The Kane Chronicles are packed with action and suspense, both sad and hilarious, sometimes all at once, and full of the importance of the bonds of family and friendship. I loved every moment of these books and I sincerely hope for a continuation at some point in the future. A must read! 
My Rating:

And now for the giveaway!
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Rick Riordan is an American author from Texas famous for his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, The Last Olympian). He attended the University of Texas at Austin in 1986, where he double-majored in English and History He also wrote The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles) and, most recently, The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus). He also wrote the Tres Navarre series for adults and helped to edit Demigods and Monsters, a collection of essays on the topic of his Percy Jackson series. He also wrote book one of the 39 Clues (The Maze of Bones) and co-wrote book eleven (Vespers Rising) published by Scholastic Corporation.

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  1. Isis!! god of magic baby!!! :) Nice review Mel!!

    1. Thanks Jessy!! I love Rick Riordan's work!! I recommend them to readers of all ages! :)

  2. Ohhh that's truly a tough question!!!! Lol!!!!! I either love them or love to hate them !!!!!

  3. Isis or Bast for me...maybe Anubis... oooh so hard to choose!

  4. I have yet to read Riordan, but my tween friends are in LOVE with his books!

  5. I love The Percy Jackson books, they are on of my favourite series :) I dont know many Egyptian gods so Ill say Anubis.

  6. I`m not sure I know any but I know I like Hades but he`s greek :)

  7. Tough question! Either Isis or Anubis I guess!

  8. Egyptian God? Hm... probably Ma'at, Nut or Seshat. Me being me, Ma'at is number one with Sashat in a VERY close second. But Nut is so fricking cool too... T_T Why do you make me make these decisions?

  9. Well, crap I hope this doesn't kill my chances, but I don't know any Egyptian gods.

  10. Bast. I haven't read the books but after reading the post I soo want too!

  11. I think I would have to go with Isis!

  12. This series sounds spectacular. Superb revew and thanks for the giveaway.
    One of my favs is Serqet, who was seen as a protector of children! She pretty much kicked ass as a Scorpion Goddess!

  13. What a tough question! Maybe Anubis... I love mythology. I have read other books by Rick Riordan- but I haven't started this series yet. Great review and giveaway.

  14. Poseidon is my favorite because I love the water

  15. I am going to pick Horus - he looks like he has some chops LOL Thank you for sharing about this fun series with us today.

  16. Thank you for amazing giveaway

    and i have always liked horus


  17. I have to say the I like Anubis because he had the fate of your afterlife in his hands with his scales and your heart.


  18. Isis is my favorite she was look upon as the ideal mother and goddess of children.


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