The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles Series #2)

The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles Series #2)

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by Rick Riordan
     
 

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In this exciting second installment of the three-book series, Carter and Sadie, offspring of the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane, embark on a worldwide search for the Book of Ra, but the House of Life and the gods of chaos are determined to stop them.See more details below

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In this exciting second installment of the three-book series, Carter and Sadie, offspring of the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane, embark on a worldwide search for the Book of Ra, but the House of Life and the gods of chaos are determined to stop them.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The amazing performances of Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren make this YA fantasy—the second volume in Riordan's The Kane Chronicles—enthralling for listeners of any age. Descendants of the House of Life, Carter and Sadie Kane are teenage magicians responsible for preventing Egyptian gods from interfering with mortals. And this time around, the brother-and-sister team face off against the chaos snake Apophis—something that's bound to interfere with Sadie's 13th birthday party. But even being chased through the streets of London by monstrous gods doesn't slow down Sadie. Meanwhile, Carter continues to train a troupe of young magicians to battle the forces of evil. Free deftly handles Carter's narration; he sounds exactly like a 14–year-old boy, while voicing dozens of other characters. Kellgren's narration is no less impressive, and her interpretation of a budding teen girl is exuberant and believable, as are the multitude of other colorful characters she creates. Between these two spirited performances, the characters come to life and leave listeners breathless. A Hyperion hardcover. (May)
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Elaborating on the ominous revelation that caps The Red Pyramid (Hyperion, 2010), this planned trilogy's middle episode sends dual narrators Carter and Sadie Kane from their newly established school for sorcerers in Brooklyn to the underworld realm of the Duat, leaving massive trails of destruction on their way to a first face-off with Apophis, snake god of Chaos. Given just five days to find the retired god Ra god of order, or ma'at before Apophis escapes millennia of confinement and destroys the universe, the squabbling sibs also have their own growing magical abilities to explore; hostile factions of both human wizards and Egyptian gods to battle; monsters to face; temptations to overcome; infatuations to work through; rescues to make; and, of course, plenty of digs, wisecracks, fashion notes, and teen chatter to deliver. Fortunately they have some sturdy allies notably Bes, the god of little people and memorable for more than just his Speedo with "Dwarf Pride" written on the butt that is his battle costume. Despite helpful lists of Egyptian deities and terms at the back, readers unfamiliar with the opener may have trouble at the beginning keeping up with both the continuing plotlines and the teeming cast, but Riordan kickstarts the action, never lets up on the gas, balances laughs and losses with a sure hand, and expertly sets up the coming climactic struggle without (thankfully) ending on a cliff-hanger. It's a grand ride so far, showing nary a sign of slowing down.—SLJ

In The Red Pyramid (rev. 7/10), siblings Carter and Sadie Kane learned that as descendants of Egyptian pharaohs, they are magicians who can communicate with (and fight against) the Egyptian gods. Now with Apophis, Lord of Chaos, about to break his millennia-long imprisonment, Sadie and Carter must awaken Ra the Sun God to unite the gods and magicians against Apophis and save the world from destruction. Globetrotting action and irreverent commentary fly fast and furious as the pair battle gods, evil magicians, and mythical Egyptian monsters to retrieve the Book of Ra, then re-create the Sun God's nightly journey through the underworld to revive his spirit, meeting their dead parents and gambling for their own souls along the way. The author's formula works-the Egyptian myths offer a backdrop with plenty of depth, against which Riordan's wisecracking heroes can play out their high-stakes family, relationship, and personal dramas. And with Ra awakened but old and weak, the magicians in rebellion, personal peril and/or teenage heartbreak in store for the Kanes, and Apophis still on the rise, the expected third book in the Kane Chronicles promises to be as lively, humorous, and welcome as the first two.—Horn Book

VOYA - Sabina Bedford
Throne of Fire is a quick-paced story of a brother and sister in a storm of Egyptian magic. Through protagonists Sadie and Carter, Riordan creates a fantastically rendered pair of siblings just at the dawn of adulthood. It begins the way novelist Kurt Vonnegut would have loved: "as close to the end [of the world] as possible." Readers from eleven to adulthood will escape to this world beyond history. Reviewer: Sabina Bedford, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Jennifer Rummel
The second book of The Kane Chronicles picks up three months after The Red Pyramid, Book 1 (Hyperion, 2010)ends. The siblings and their associates attempt to break into a museum to locate the first part of the Book of Ra. Unfortunately, the museum and the scroll are both heavily protected by curses, magical guards, and a high-tech alarm system. They cause massive damage to the museum and just barely escape with their lives, but they obtain the first piece of the Book of Ra. They need to find and recover the other two pieces within four days. Carter and Sadie will use the Book of Ra to awaken the long-retired Egyptian god Ra in hopes that he can save the world from the chaos threatening to overtake it. The gods and magicians start taking sides, and Ra could be the world's only hope. Once again, the action follows audiorecorded events from Carter and Sadie. They speak directly to the readers and at times each other. Carter and Sadie face difficult choices and must overcome impossible odds to achieve their goal. Danger follows them, and they escape near-death scenarios, creating a fast—paced, exciting read. Sadie and Carter share their adventure with sarcasm, wit, humor, and courage. Throne of Fire is a breathless, action-packed tale that will leave readers clamoring for the next chapter. Reviewer: Jennifer Rummel
Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
Sadie and Carter Kane return in this second installment of "The Kane Chronicles" in all their wise-cracking, teen angsting, magical glory. The world is going to end in less than five days—at the Spring Equinox—unless they can (1) find all three parts of the book of Ra, (2) find the sun god Ra himself and wake him up, and (3) bring the gods and magicians of the world together to defeat the return of Apophis, the god of Chaos. All pretty typical stuff for the Kane family, we are reminded, who have nascent magical powers due to their Egyptian pharaoh ancestry. Enemies become allies, and they are all needed as Egyptian gods, evil magicians, demons and monsters are swarming to stop Carter and Sadie from succeeding in this fast-paced adventure. The story is told alternately from Sadie and Carter's point of view—ostensibly relayed to the book's author via an audiotape that he has transcribed. They strike just the right tone for siblings who have been raised largely apart but are now each other's only living family. Sadie and Carter's worries about boyfriends and girlfriends take on a bit of humor when said beings are not ordinary humans. This should appeal to both genders and may even spark interest in learning more about Egyptian history and mythology. Text is followed by a glossary of hieroglyphs, some Egyptian terms, and a list of the gods encountered. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Elaborating on the ominous revelation that caps The Red Pyramid (Hyperion, 2010), this planned trilogy's middle episode sends dual narrators Carter and Sadie Kane from their newly established school for sorcerers in Brooklyn to the underworld realm of the Duat, leaving massive trails of destruction on their way to a first face-off with Apophis, snake god of Chaos. Given just five days to find the retired god Ra—god of order, or ma'at—before Apophis escapes millennia of confinement and destroys the universe, the squabbling sibs also have their own growing magical abilities to explore; hostile factions of both human wizards and Egyptian gods to battle; monsters to face; temptations to overcome; infatuations to work through; rescues to make; and, of course, plenty of digs, wisecracks, fashion notes, and teen chatter to deliver. Fortunately they have some sturdy allies—notably Bes, the god of little people and memorable for more than just his Speedo with "Dwarf Pride" written on the butt that is his battle costume. Despite helpful lists of Egyptian deities and terms at the back, readers unfamiliar with the opener may have trouble at the beginning keeping up with both the continuing plotlines and the teeming cast, but Riordan kickstarts the action, never lets up on the gas, balances laughs and losses with a sure hand, and expertly sets up the coming climactic struggle without (thankfully) ending on a cliff-hanger. It's a grand ride so far, showing nary a sign of slowing down.—John Peters, formerly at New York Public Library

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423142010
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
08/14/2012
Series:
Kane Chronicles Series, #2
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
46,573
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 7.46(h) x 1.08(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Rick Riordan is also the author of the New York Times #1 best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: Book One: The Lightning Thief; Book Two: The Sea of Monsters; Book Three: The Titan’s Curse; Book Four: The Battle of the Labyrinth; and Book Five: The Last Olympian. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
San Antonio, TX
Date of Birth:
June 5, 1964
Place of Birth:
San Antonio, TX
Education:
B.A. in English and History, University of Texas

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