Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan (Lexile: 710; Interest Level: Grades 5-8) is the second book in the Kane Chronicles series, involving Egyptian mythology. Carter and Sadie Kane have barely escaped the troubles of the Red Pyramid and begun their official training in their newly discovered powers, when chaos threatens to break loose again. Seriously, Apophis, the god of chaos, is threatening to escape his prison, and if the Kanes don't stop him in 3 days, chaos will erupt all over the world. In order to prevent Apophis's escape, the children will need to revive the sun god Ra, which sure won't be as easy as it sounds, especially since no one knows where Ra is. And, to make things more difficult, the kids are on their own. How will the find Ra, and will they find him in time? And if they do find him, will he help?
Told in the same style as the first, alternating narration between Sadie and Carter, "as recorded and sent to Rick Riordan to transcribe," this story is full of adventure, mythology, and symbolism. The battle scenes are great, and the rush to save the world was thrilling, but the side story of the relationship between Carter and Zia seemed a little strange. Readers who enjoy Rick Riordan's other books, and Egyptian mythology will enjoy this one as well. (452 pages)
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