Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants—school friends and a chance at a “normal” life. But Carter has just what Sadie longs for—time with their father. After six years of living apart, the siblings have almost nothing in common. Until now.
On Christmas Eve, Sadie and Carter are reunited when their father brings them to the British Museum, with a promise that he’s going to “make things right.” But all does not go according to plan: Carter and Sadie watch as Julius summons a mysterious figure, who quickly banishes their father and causes a fiery explosion.
Soon Carter and Sadie discover that the gods of Ancient Egypt are waking, and the worst of them—Set—has a frightening scheme. To save their father, they must embark on a dangerous journey—a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and its links to the House of Life, a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.
4 out of 5 stars
I’m honestly not really sure where to start with this review. I feel like there isn’t a lot I can say without spoiling things.
I will say though that I have grown so fond of the PJO and HOO characters over the years that I was really nervous to start a new series by Riordan with all new characters. While I didn’t love this book as much as I loved the books in the PJO and HOO series, I still really enjoyed this book.
I enjoyed that the usual humor was present in this book. Sadie and Carter are so different from each other. It was interesting to me that they wanted what the other one had.
I know absolutely nothing about Egyptian mythology, so the Gods in this book were really confusing to me at first. Things were explained later on so that helped a lot.
Khufu and Bast were probably my favorite characters.
The story was slow for me at first, but that’s typical with a first book in the series with the world building, backstory, and things like that. After the pace picked up, I was sucked into the story and flew through the rest of the book. A couple surprise twists really shocked me. I’m interested in seeing where the story goes from here.