The Red Pyramid is a great start to an interesting new series by Rick Riordan. I haven’t had the chance to read his previous series based on Greek mythology, but this first installment of The Kane Chronicles which delves deeply into various pieces of the Egyptian mythos is a very good read.
I found the characters of Carter and Sadie to be both engaging and believable even when they were discovering their new magical powers. The fact that Carter is 14 years old and Sadie is 12 seemed to go well with what Riordan was trying to do with them as the main protagonists. Especially the way he weaves them back and forth as the viewpoint character.
At the start of The Red Pyramid it took me a chapter or two to get used to the writing style Riordan was using, but once I adjusted I quite enjoyed it. The entire book is written as though someone were transcribing an audio recording about the events. There are a few quirky asides as the characters refer to each other “off-tape” if you will. I thought the writing was quite charming to be honest.
Anyone who has an interest in Egyptian history or mythology will likely enjoy The Red Pyramid quite a bit. I learned a lot while reading it and it definitely convinced me that reading the following books will be worthwhile.
I give this book 4/5 stars.