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Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven’t given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians. And now their mos Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven’t given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians. And now their most threatening enemy yet—the chaos snake Apophis—is rising. If they don’t prevent him from breaking free in a few days’ time, the world will come to an end. In other words, it’s a typical week for the Kane family. To have any chance of battling the Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. But that would be a feat more powerful than any magician has ever accomplished. First they have to search the world for the three sections of the Book of Ra, then they have to learn how to chant its spells. Oh, and did we mention that no one knows where Ra is exactly? Narrated in two different wisecracking voices, featuring a large cast of new and unforgettable characters, and with adventures spanning the globe, this second installment in the Kane Chronicles is nothing short of a thrill ride. An unabridged recording on 11 CDs (12 hours, 56 minutes).


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Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven’t given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians. And now their mos Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven’t given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians. And now their most threatening enemy yet—the chaos snake Apophis—is rising. If they don’t prevent him from breaking free in a few days’ time, the world will come to an end. In other words, it’s a typical week for the Kane family. To have any chance of battling the Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. But that would be a feat more powerful than any magician has ever accomplished. First they have to search the world for the three sections of the Book of Ra, then they have to learn how to chant its spells. Oh, and did we mention that no one knows where Ra is exactly? Narrated in two different wisecracking voices, featuring a large cast of new and unforgettable characters, and with adventures spanning the globe, this second installment in the Kane Chronicles is nothing short of a thrill ride. An unabridged recording on 11 CDs (12 hours, 56 minutes).

30 review for The Throne of Fire

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B) 75% | More than Satisfactory Notes: To work well, magical problem solving needs precedent. When 'anything goes' there's no tension. It's deus ex machina.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles, #2), Rick Riordan The Throne of Fire is a 2011 fantasy adventure novel, written by American author Rick Riordan. It is the second novel in The Kane Chronicles series, which tells of the adventures of modern-day fourteen-year-old Carter Kane and his twelve-year-old sister: Sadie Kane, as they discover that they are descended from the ancient Egyptian pharaohs Narmer and Ramesses the Great. It was released on May 3, 2011. The book takes place roughly three The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles, #2), Rick Riordan The Throne of Fire is a 2011 fantasy adventure novel, written by American author Rick Riordan. It is the second novel in The Kane Chronicles series, which tells of the adventures of modern-day fourteen-year-old Carter Kane and his twelve-year-old sister: Sadie Kane, as they discover that they are descended from the ancient Egyptian pharaohs Narmer and Ramesses the Great. It was released on May 3, 2011. The book takes place roughly three months after the first book, The Red Pyramid. It is followed by the third and final book in the series, The Serpent's Shadow, which was released on May 1, 2012. Five days remain until the spring equinox when Apophis, the serpent of Chaos, will escape his prison, devour the sun, and destroy all of human civilization. Only Ra, the absentee sun god, has the power to stop him. But first Ra must be woken by the teenage Kane siblings, Sadie and Carter, and their new trainees in magic, Jaz and Walt. They begin a globe-trotting quest to find the three scrolls of the Book of Ra, which contain the spells needed to wake him from his sleep. ... تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز دوم ماه ژانویه سال 2016 میلادی عنوان: سریر آتش - کتاب دوم از مجموعه سلسله کین؛ نویسنده: ریک ریوردان؛ مترجم: آیدا کشوری؛ ویراستار: فرزام حبیبی اصفهانی؛ تهران، بهنام، 1393؛ در 463 ص؛ از مجموعه خاطرات خانواده کین کتاب دوم؛ شابک: 9786007132005؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - سده 21 م مجموعه داستان دو جوان، به نامهای: «سادی»، و «کارتر کین» است؛ که در کتاب نخست، به یاری خدایان مصری: «هوراس»، و «ایزیس»، توانستند، یک خدای مصری دیگر به نام «ست» را شکست دهند، و مانع آزاد شدن «آپوفیس»، که خدای هرج و مرج بوده، و «راع» او را زندانی کرده بود، شوند ... در کتاب دوم: تنها پنج روز به زمان شکسته شدن زندان «آپوفیس» مانده، و آزادی او، یعنی فرورفتن جهان در هرج و مرج، و از خدای خورشید، یعنی: «راع» نیز، سده هاست، که هیچ خبری نیست، بنابراین «کارتر» و «سادی» تصمیم میگيرند، که برای نجات دنیا، «راع» را پیدا کنند، و دوباره او را بيدار كنند، كه ... ا. شربیانی

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Read on the 16th of May 2011 This book was wonderful. I’m always entranced by Rick Riordan’s work. I adored Percy Jackson, and I always will, but I think it’s possible that if this series continues to way it is, I may end up liking it more. Both books in this series have been brilliant and Riordan knows exactly what he’s doing. One of the things I love about Riordan’s writing is how he adds in little sentences that let you know something crazy is going to happen like, “It started when we set Bro Read on the 16th of May 2011 This book was wonderful. I’m always entranced by Rick Riordan’s work. I adored Percy Jackson, and I always will, but I think it’s possible that if this series continues to way it is, I may end up liking it more. Both books in this series have been brilliant and Riordan knows exactly what he’s doing. One of the things I love about Riordan’s writing is how he adds in little sentences that let you know something crazy is going to happen like, “It started when we set Brooklyn on fire" or “Should I describe Waterloo Station as it was before or after we destroyed it?--things like that are just brilliant and you know you’re going to get a fabulous tale from the very beginning. This book was a fast paced, never ending ride of awesome the entire way through (yeah, yeah, tacky but sue me). It was action packed and fun, with the perfect blend of friendship, humour and romance to draw you in and captivate you the entire way through. It was great to see all the wonderful characters from the first book back, along with some new inclusions. Bes, Walt, Jaz were all excellent additions to a cast of characters that I love already. Carter and Sadie continue to be fabulous main characters and I love following them on their journeys. I feel like they’re both really growing as characters, especially Sadie, who is really beginning to shine and I find it adorable to watch her face her boy troubles just like every other teenager while trying to save the world. Then again, most teenagers don’t have the choice between a boy who’s dying and a god. Still Sadie is hanging in there and managing to lean things as she goes. I admit that I don't have the same love for Carter as I do for Sadie. He's not quite as interesting and at times can be bland, but he's beginning to take shape too and I like character growth. I feel sorry for him with how the Zia situation turned out and I’m hoping to see things resolved as the series progresses. Although I missed seeing Bast in this book, but I thought Bes was a terrific replacement. He was gross and grumpy and kind and funny and just a great guy. It was nice to have the dwarf god in the story and I’d love to see more of him, depending on whether or not Carter and Sadie can return him to his former glory that is. The battle scenes within this book were many, and the fight scenes between Carter, Sadie and Apophis/ Vlad were interesting. I almost feel sorry for our two heroes. They went through so much and it almost seems like they didn’t gain anything. Desjardins is dead, Apophis is in the abyss (although it’s pretty obvious he’ll claw his way out sometime soon) and Amos is the new Chief Lector. Ra is still, well, senile and Zia apparently has some big destiny that we all know nothing about....things sure are exciting! I’m looking forward to the next book in this series, although I have no idea when it will be released. Can’t wait regardless.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    3.5/5 stars This was so fun! I love Carter and Sadie as characters and narrators, they're so sassy and fun and the best. However, the story and the conflict just hasn't been grabbing my attention. It's fun but not amazing? Would still recommend for fans of Riordan. It's not as good as his other stuff but it's still super fun!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    If I can say nothing else about Rick Riordan (RR) I will say he is without a doubt an entertaining storyteller no matter what age you are. While his Percy Jackson series are still my favorites I enjoyed this book more than The Red Pyramid. The best thing about this book is that there are more kids. It just makes for a little more humor when you have kids interacting with other kids instead of adults. Now that Sadie and Carter are helping to train some new kids at Brooklyn house there If I can say nothing else about Rick Riordan (RR) I will say he is without a doubt an entertaining storyteller no matter what age you are. While his Percy Jackson series are still my favorites I enjoyed this book more than The Red Pyramid. The best thing about this book is that there are more kids. It just makes for a little more humor when you have kids interacting with other kids instead of adults. Now that Sadie and Carter are helping to train some new kids at Brooklyn house there is rooms for some new and interesting characters. “Felix believed that the answer to every problem involved penguins; but it wasn't fair to birds, and I was getting tired of teleporting them back home. Somewhere in Antarctica, a whole flock of Magellanic penguins were undergoing psychotherapy.” Carter and Sadie need to find a way to awaken Ra if they are going to beat Apophis (god of Chaos) but he has been missing for quite awhile and they will need to find some ancient artifacts to help them. RR adds his own spin on Egyptian mythology and ‘The Gods’ that is entertaining, informative and interesting. I always feel like I’m learning about the culture as well as being entertained by the story. There were all kinds of new gods and obstacles to deal with along the way and Sadie and Carter have to prove even to the gods that want Ra to return they are strong enough to complete the task. I love the sibling relationship between Cater and Sadie. They antagonize and provoke each other but they are also the firt to stand up and fight for their sibling if they are ever in danger. Sadie’s PoV chapters were my favorites but that is probably because she is so snarky and gets to have most of the funny lines. “Our camels plodded along. Katrina tried to kiss, or possibly spit on Hindenburg, and Hindenburg farted in response. I found this a depressing commentary on boy-girl relationships.” Carter still feels responsible for Zia and has been trying to find her ever since he found out she was hidden away for her safety. But he might just be a little obsessed, so much so that he is seeing clues everywhere. “Carter, not to be unkind," I said, "but the last few months you've been seeing messages about Zia everywhere. Two weeks ago, you thought she was sending you a distress call in your mashed potatoes." "It was a Z! Carved right in the potatoes!” There is always something happening with all the mini quests before the big one and I will say that Ra really wasn’t what I was expecting, which kinda made it all the better. Who said waking up a god would be easy never went looking for one with and evil Ice Cream vendor hot on their trail. Add in the hint of a blossoming romance between Sadie and Walt or Sadie and Anubus and this story has a little bit of everything. It is the cutest crush triangle I’ve read and I’m not sure which way I want it to go. All in all a fun and entertaining ride. Sure this is a MG book but it is just as fun for kids of all ages. If you haven’t read the Percy Jackson series I’d say read that first (so much better than the movies). But if you have might as well expand your RR mythology and add a little Egyptian to it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Buckby

    The right choice is hardly ever the easy choice. I think i've slowly found my grove with these characters and this story to start finally being able to enjoy it more than i did when i finished book one. I do believe i'm still having trouble really connecting to this story in any sort of way and yes book two is a step up from book one however i'm still finding it difficult trying to love this story in any sort of way which sucks because i love rick riordan books. Plot: One thing i do love about The right choice is hardly ever the easy choice. I think i've slowly found my grove with these characters and this story to start finally being able to enjoy it more than i did when i finished book one. I do believe i'm still having trouble really connecting to this story in any sort of way and yes book two is a step up from book one however i'm still finding it difficult trying to love this story in any sort of way which sucks because i love rick riordan books. Plot: One thing i do love about these books are that we always get a recap on the previous events of the book just incase we step away from these worlds so that's one thing i love about them. This book picks up with Sadie and Carter now training new students who have answered their call and display any sort of magical ability. I actually did love the three month jump because it gave the characters a chance to grow and mature and this is what really grabbed my interest because i feel like they're all starting to come into their own. Sadie and Carters adventure is now taking them to find the last missing pieces of the book of Ra so they can bring the god back so they can get some help trying to defeat Apophis. I loved the journey these two had because they both took different journeys but in the end they were both lead and met in the middle because everything slowly came together and it's something Rick does really well. There are so many different little battles during the course of the book and it was hard to keep up with what was happening but there was so many different revelations for these characters and going forward things learned will either help or destroy things for better or worse. One thing that really got to me from this book was how the Kanes managed to get an extra three hours to help them but it was at the cost of Bes losing his soul and this really got to me because he did so much to help these two just go be living in the assisted living community for the gods really just makes me incredibly sad. Sometimes, it takes us a while to appreciate something new, something that might change us for the better. Sadie and Carter have a huge battle still ahead of them and i hope that it is a strong conclusion because so far i really haven't been that impressed with this series. However book two was an improvement i really just want a strong book from start to finish because these books start of slow and only when they hit half way they get interesting so i need a strong third book to finish this story

  7. 4 out of 5

    Haylee Luu

    okay, 2 stars rate has never happened with Rick Riordan's works, until now. I found The Throne of Fire is really well written with some great twist but this book is so, unoriginal. Let's see.. The world is at the end.Check. Two kids are their savior. Check. Mob of monster and obstacles. Check. The way they saved the world was predictable. I can even guess that when they gambled with Khonsu. And one more thing, the main charactors were Sadie AND Carter, not just Sadie. I felt like everything was okay, 2 stars rate has never happened with Rick Riordan's works, until now. I found The Throne of Fire is really well written with some great twist but this book is so, unoriginal. Let's see.. The world is at the end.Check. Two kids are their savior. Check. Mob of monster and obstacles. Check. The way they saved the world was predictable. I can even guess that when they gambled with Khonsu. And one more thing, the main charactors were Sadie AND Carter, not just Sadie. I felt like everything was spinning around Sadie. Carter plunged into trouble. Sadie solved the problem. Carter was injured. Sadie solved the problem(again). Even the sentiment was not fair, too. Carter's was just about 3 chapters while Sadie relationship occupied almost everywhere. The relationship lines, oh yeah. It's okay to me but the Carter/Zia love annoyed me sometimes. Why Carter had to act so STUPID ? AND SELFISH ? Zia is just another girl but Sadie is his FLESH AND BLOOD. Stupid, easily-to-obssesed,egoistic hero. Urgg. But there were some good things i like about this. One: It was freaking hilarious. Two : Set. He always made me laugh. Three : Bast the ludicruos but awesome. Four : I melt with Sadie everytime there was Anubis.Five: The fighting/ battle scenes were good enough for me. Overall, The Throne of fire is a adventurous, hilarious book that might be enjoyable if you like "a bunch of fights", mythologic book and the Kane Chronicles. I can't believe i'd say this but i like the 1st better.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aj the Ravenous Reader

    Reading dozens of books after this, I may have forgotten most of the events I read in this book but I do recall how much I enjoyed reading this sequel to The Red Pyramid. :)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kendall Anne

    Wow, I can't believe the second book is already coming out! The first one was OK. I liked The Lost Hero, the first of the Hero's of Olympus series better. I really hope this book is good, better than The Red Pyramid. The cover art looks nice, and the title seems cool. HOPEFULLY this book is worth the wait, but I don't want to get overly excited since The Red Pyramid wasn't as good as I hoped it would be. I will totally still read it though! I hope the like this one, and I also can't wait for The Wow, I can't believe the second book is already coming out! The first one was OK. I liked The Lost Hero, the first of the Hero's of Olympus series better. I really hope this book is good, better than The Red Pyramid. The cover art looks nice, and the title seems cool. HOPEFULLY this book is worth the wait, but I don't want to get overly excited since The Red Pyramid wasn't as good as I hoped it would be. I will totally still read it though! I hope the like this one, and I also can't wait for The Son of Neptune, Hero's of Olympus book two!! =D This book was amazing!! It totally surprised me....!!!!!!! Definitely five stars!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    I just don't like the Kane Chronicles books as much as I like the Camp Halfblood books. There are plenty of reasons, and the fact that I don't like Egyptian mythology nearly as much as Greek mythology probably has a lot to do with it. I don't know as much about what Riordan is playing with, so I can't fully appreciate it. And I'm just not as invested in, say, Bast as I am in Apollo. That said, I was astounded with how much I ended up liking Best. It took awhile for him to grow on me, but by the end o I just don't like the Kane Chronicles books as much as I like the Camp Halfblood books. There are plenty of reasons, and the fact that I don't like Egyptian mythology nearly as much as Greek mythology probably has a lot to do with it. I don't know as much about what Riordan is playing with, so I can't fully appreciate it. And I'm just not as invested in, say, Bast as I am in Apollo. That said, I was astounded with how much I ended up liking Best. It took awhile for him to grow on me, but by the end of the book he was one of the best things in it. The system of magic used here is interesting, and it makes internal sense. I'm not nearly familiar enough with Egyptian mythology or magic to say if it's accurate, but it feels right. It's also a refreshingly welcome change from the basically superhero demigods from Camp Halfblood. The characters in this series also feel younger, even though they're roughly the same age as Percy and company. It's mostly a maturity factor. I would never claim that Percy is a model of maturity in a teenage boy, but Carter and Sadie sure make him look good. Maybe it's because they don't have an Annabeth with them, somebody who is actually responsible. Maybe it's because, compared to demigods, magicians have it easy. Their abilities seem much more predictable and controlled, and they don't tend to have monsters trying to kill them all the time. Whatever the reason, neither Carter nor Sadie seem to be taking this whole saving the world thing quite as seriously as they should be, or as seriously as Percy and company would be in their place. I mean, Sadie takes a day off the quest to celebrate her birthday. Trying to imagine Annabeth's reaction to that was, without a doubt, the most fun that I had with this book. Carter is somewhat better than Sadie, but I just couldn't like either of them. (view spoiler)[Especially once they meet up with a now senile Ra. My grandfather had Alzheimer's, so their reactions to him really hit a nerve. (hide spoiler)] It makes it hard to read a book like this if you don't care about the characters. I'm also not a fan of the gimmick Riordan went with for the storytelling. Supposedly, the entire book was narrated onto a tape recorder by Carter and Sadie. But it just doesn't read that way. When people are telling a story, they don't remember the huge chunks of dialog that Carter and Sadie are supposedly retelling here. It feels artificial. The best thing to do is just pretend that we're never told it's a tape recording and go from there. I wonder if maybe I'm being too hard on this book because I love the Camp Halfblood series so much. If I'd never read it, I wouldn't have found this one faintly disappointing. Then again, if I weren't hooked on Percy and company, I might not persist in reading this series. Because I will, if for no other reason than that I want to read the crossover shorts, The Son of Sobek (which has Percy) and Staff of Serapis, The (Annabeth!).

  11. 4 out of 5

    Raoofa Ibrahim

    Waaaaaay better than the 1st book! I advice everyone to start reading this series, It's confusing sometimes, the Egyptian Mythology, but we can't deny a few aspects of it.. the hieroglyphics, which mostly contain a human with an animal head The Pyramids and the Sphinx Waaaaaay better than the 1st book! I advice everyone to start reading this series, It's confusing sometimes, the Egyptian Mythology, but we can't deny a few aspects of it.. the hieroglyphics, which mostly contain a human with an animal head The Pyramids and the Sphinx anyhow, it's an interesting myth!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sage Elizabeth

    1.) The Red Pyramid ★★★★★

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

    Another diamond from Rick. This man can write no wrong!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Duffy Pratt

    Enough is enough. The kids are alternatively characterless or annoying. They make stupid decision after stupid decision, and then when things look hopeless, they get bailed out by another Egyptian god who appears out of nowhere. Then, after they have been bailed out and rescued, again and again, everyone bows down to these two idiots for the wonderful things that they've done. Here, once again Riordan's hero kids are faced with the end of the world coming in five days. So what does th Enough is enough. The kids are alternatively characterless or annoying. They make stupid decision after stupid decision, and then when things look hopeless, they get bailed out by another Egyptian god who appears out of nowhere. Then, after they have been bailed out and rescued, again and again, everyone bows down to these two idiots for the wonderful things that they've done. Here, once again Riordan's hero kids are faced with the end of the world coming in five days. So what does the girl do? She says: The end of the world can wait. I'm going to London to celebrate my birthday. Of course, in London a trap awaits her. She can't get out of it herself, but a new god appears and saves her by putting on a speedo and crying "Boo!" Her brother chastises her for her stupidity. Then with three days left, he finds out the location of the girl he loves (even though he has never met her), and he immediately decides to put saving the world on hold, so he can go rescue her. Of course, its a trap, and... Later on, the girl finds out that there might be some hope that she might be able to save Walt, the guy she has the hots for, from his curse. That's when she decides that the quest she's on might be worthwhile. Because saving the world from complete destruction just isn't enough to make things interesting. That part actually reminded me of a really funny Woody Allen story where he plays gin rummy with Death. If he loses Death is going to take his soul. As they start dealing, Allen says, "What do you think? A nickel a point?" Death: "What?" Allen: "To make it interesting." Death: "You don't think it's interesting already?" On top of all this, I can't make any sense out of this world. At the beginning, its clear that five Egyptians got released from the Du'at and they have possessed mortals. That's the only way they can appear in our world: by having a host of some sort. Another example, from several years before, was Muffin/Bast, who is Sadie's guardian and the god of cats. She tried to take Sadie's mom as a host, but settled for a cat instead. Somehow, never explained, she then appears to the Kane's in her own form, without any host at all. How possible? It's never explained. And then, Gods without hosts start appearing all over the place. So what are we supposed to make of this idea of Isis, Osiris, Set, Nepthys and Horus all needing hosts. What does it matter? Pack in enough fake action and maybe no-one will notice that none of this makes a lick of sense. Finally, the high moment of drama in this book came in a very tense game of Parcheesi. At every moment, when I thought Riordan couldn't possibly make things more stupid and silly, he outdoes himself. It's almost as if he set himself a task to see how lame he could make these books and still draw legions of fans. But, as P.T. Barnum said "Nobody ever lost a dollar by underestimating the taste of the American public."

  15. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    This book doesn't really deserve a full four stars, but because I'm such a lenient reviewer nice guy I'll stick with this rating. I do have a reason for giving The Throne of Fire four stars, though my personal reading experience warrants a three or 3.5. It's because this book is just so good for a certain type of reader, the type that would much rather be playing Xbox or watching mind-numbing television. I'm sure you know who I'm talking about. They're referred to as "reluctant readers", but I li This book doesn't really deserve a full four stars, but because I'm such a lenient reviewer nice guy I'll stick with this rating. I do have a reason for giving The Throne of Fire four stars, though my personal reading experience warrants a three or 3.5. It's because this book is just so good for a certain type of reader, the type that would much rather be playing Xbox or watching mind-numbing television. I'm sure you know who I'm talking about. They're referred to as "reluctant readers", but I like to call them by their shorter and sweeter name. Boys. I kid, I kid. I actually dislike it when people assume I don't enjoy reading because I'm male. I also dislike it when people assume I enjoy watching football because I'm male, but that's beside the point. The thing is, Rick Riordan knows how to write a great book for boys. He did it with Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and he's doing it again with the Kane Chronicles. The plot of this book is so entrenched in action that readers of all ages will have difficulty putting it down. Rick Riordan's writing is pretty tight, too, which is one reason why I prefer pre-teen males to read his books as opposed to scanning graphic novels or playing video games. If you don't know this about me already, I have a penchant for reading chick-lit and romance novels - so the fact that I got through this The Throne of Fire speaks for itself. This book had serious flaws though. There were a lot of unnecessary attempts to evoke humor. For example, when the protagonists encountered enemies the author would throw in a "funny" observation that fell flat (like, wow, that thing is really ugly... really ugly). Another problem I had with this novel was that Sadie and Carter never really lost a battle - sure, they would be drained of magic or tired from casting spells, but something would happen to make them revitalized and ready to go a couple of minutes later. As for the romance... well, let's just say I'm glad Rick Riordan is sticking to adventure/action books. Though I am slightly interested in Anubis because of his sad, sad eyes (which were mentioned about a thousand times throughout the book... okay, that's a small hyperbole). Overall, a good book. It took me some time to finish because I've been busy and I lost interest a little during the middle section, but that won't happen to everyone. *cross-posted from my blog, the quiet voice.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jewel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Actual rating: 3.5 stars Compared to "The Red Pyramid", this installment was better in some ways and worse in others. As far as character development is concerned, Riordan did a better job with the Kane siblings this time. It was interesting to see the older brother-younger sister dynamic between Carter and Sadie as they struggled with the dramatic changes in their lives and tried to save the world at the same time. In terms of story, I found "The Red Pyramid" more memorable and stron Actual rating: 3.5 stars Compared to "The Red Pyramid", this installment was better in some ways and worse in others. As far as character development is concerned, Riordan did a better job with the Kane siblings this time. It was interesting to see the older brother-younger sister dynamic between Carter and Sadie as they struggled with the dramatic changes in their lives and tried to save the world at the same time. In terms of story, I found "The Red Pyramid" more memorable and stronger as an individual book, probably because there wasn't enough resolution in "The Throne of Fire". I was left with too many questions (which is understandable because there's going to be a next book). ;) Secondly, the fight scenes weren't as exciting because even though Carter and Sadie had become more powerful as magicians, Horus and Isis weren't as involved as before. In this installment, the Rockin' Red Reaper (Set) was the only god who held my attention. Bes was amusing and likable enough but as expected, Set had more presence. He's a very entertaining addition and I'd love to see more of him in the future books. Another thing I didn't like? The romantic scenes. Yes, you read that right. I love a good romantic scene as much as the next person but if it's contrived, I find it painful to read. I found it strange that apparently, Carter did not just have a crush on Zia's shabti. He had fallen in love with her. Say, what? How the hell did that happen? Don't even get me started on the Anubis/Sadie/Walt love triangle. I thought Anubis and Sadie were quite adorable together in the first book but when Riordan decided to spice things up by making it a love triangle and involving another love interest who happens to be at death's door, it just became awkward. With all that said, I'll finish by saying that I am still excited to read the third book. Things are bound to get interesting now that Riordan's set the stage.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jianne

    The Throne of Fire is the second book in The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan, which tells of the adventures of modern day fourteen-year-old Carter Kane and his thirteen-year-old sister Sadie Kane, as they discover that they are descended from the ancient Egyptian pharaohs Narmer and Ramesses the Great. To be honest, I enjoyed this book more than its predecessor, The Red Pyramid. And I just enjoyed the story more and the humor. But unfortunately, its still not as good as the Percy Jackson and the Olympians so I still would have to The Throne of Fire is the second book in The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan, which tells of the adventures of modern day fourteen-year-old Carter Kane and his thirteen-year-old sister Sadie Kane, as they discover that they are descended from the ancient Egyptian pharaohs Narmer and Ramesses the Great. To be honest, I enjoyed this book more than its predecessor, The Red Pyramid. And I just enjoyed the story more and the humor. But unfortunately, its still not as good as the Percy Jackson and the Olympians so I still would have to give it four stars. Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods have not given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians. The other branches of the House of Life are hunting the Kanes down once they left the safety of their branch, the Brooklyn House. And now their most threatening enemy yet—the chaos snake Apophis—is rising. If they do not prevent him from breaking free in a few days' time, the world will come to an end. One of the major reasons why I liked the Percy Jackson series or the Heroes of Olympus series more is probably because I could connect more with Greek mythology rather than Egyptian mythology. I'm more familiar with Greek myths so its not hard for me to place certain character but when it comes to Egyptian myths, I go blank. I do know who's Ra and Isis. I probably have heard of Horus as well but I have no idea how they look like and what god or goddess they are of and it was hard of me to connect with them. There comes a time when I'm just completely confused this happened a lot in The Red Pyramid, but in The Throne of Fire I was starting to get the hang of it. Hieroglyphs are cool and they look cool but well they also get me confuse a lot of times, I can get the hang of Latin more. But its interesting to see magicians with magics and spells rather than just with weapons. This book is definitely violence-free! Now, let's get it on with the characters. I love all of them! Sadie and Carter has that sense of humor that I'd love to listen to, and their sibling rivalry which is sweet and bitter at the same time is so fun to read! Oh my, how it reminds me of my brother and me! I'm glad that finally Sadie gets to grow up and starts thinking maturely, not to mention how to handle problems. And as for Carter, though I was kind of annoyed that he is so "into" Zia (which is also the same of Sadie being into Anubis), I admired his character, being that protective brother and all. And Bes, which is a new character here, though sometimes corny but enjoyable to read too. Walt! Oh Walt! You make me so dreamy! Like all goofy! IMO, this book has more mysteries and more things to guess. Moreover, more things that are happening. I enjoyed the fighting scenes, the bitter-sweet brother-sister scenes, the romantic scenes, the OMG revelations, the dramatic scenes and even the heroic scenes. This book is definitly more exciting love triangle between Walt, Sadie and Anubis, that's definitely something to watch out for. And that "Weasels are sick" and "I want Zebras" that is repeatedly mentioned really go me into thinking, and Zia's true role is also something to think about. Moreover, I really like how Rick Riordan portray different god or goddess in this book, its just so surreal(in a good way)! Overall, The Throne of Fire is a must read especially if you are fans of Rick Riordan's works. I love the humor, the hilariousness of the book and all the exciting Egyptian myths that Rick Riordan has in store for me! Definitely a edge-of-yourseat book and very kid-friendly as well! I can't wait for the next book! Whoohoo!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marleigh

    First line: "Carter here." I could not finish this. It was just so bad. Rick Riordan is fundamentally not a very good writer. I knew this from the Percy Jackson books. I still (mostly) liked the Percys because I like Greek mythology, and the way it was being reimagined was interesting and amusing. Popcorn books. I have two major problems with this book—well, setting aside all the problems with lousy prose and stereotypes and gimmickry that were also in the Percys.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Brigid ♡

    This was definitely better than the first one! I'm knocking off a star purely because a) I still can't get past the parallels between this and the Percy Jackson series, and b) the love triangle is ridiculous. You expect me to believe those two cool guys are fighting over Sadie!?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*

    I enjoyed this one a bit better than the first book. This is another series I feel like I would enjoy a lot more if I were younger, akin to the Ascendance trilogy. It's still a fun ride though :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    haley

    I just gotta warn you, I'm gonna sound super pissed off in this review. But I didn't dislike this book! I was just extremely disappointed, and was so caught off guard by it that it made me annoyed. First of all, the romance between Walt and Sadie. (And Carter and Zia, but I'll discuss that in a minute). What's with the romance in this book? It's so irritating because it distracts from the plot AND its instalove. No. Just no. And then there's a semi-love triangle between Anubis and Sadie and Walt I just gotta warn you, I'm gonna sound super pissed off in this review. But I didn't dislike this book! I was just extremely disappointed, and was so caught off guard by it that it made me annoyed. First of all, the romance between Walt and Sadie. (And Carter and Zia, but I'll discuss that in a minute). What's with the romance in this book? It's so irritating because it distracts from the plot AND its instalove. No. Just no. And then there's a semi-love triangle between Anubis and Sadie and Walt. NO. Fuck off, love triangle. As much as I hate it, I'll take instalove over that any day. So, let's talk about Ra. (view spoiler)[ The depiction of Ra pissed me off so much. I felt like it was very disrespectful to use Alzheimer's for comedy. I mean, obviously it isn't explicitly stated that Ra has Alzheimer's, but he's old and forgetful, so I just figured that's what it was. And it pissed me the fuck off because it was so fucking disrespectful that we were supposed to find his Alzheimer's funny (hide spoiler)] Maybe I'm way off base, but I'm still annoyed about it. Also, I like Carter and Sadie. I do. But they make a lot of stupid decisions. Considering the fucking world is ENDING, at times their priorities are very skewed. Sadie goes to London for her birthday instead of looking for the Book of Ra. Carter drops everything and abandons his sister to save Zia, the girl he is madly in love with for no apparent reason. Fucking get your head in the game and focus! Speaking of Zia..I hate that Carter is so infatuated with her. They've only ever technically met once. It's so stupid and it's instalovey. Although she is a cool character. Also, Menshikov is the most annoying villain ever. His motives are so fucking stupid (view spoiler)[ Basically, he wants to destroy the world because he was horribly scarred trying to perform a magic ritual and it backfired and it made him all bitter and angry. Fuck that (hide spoiler)] I thought the first book was pretty funny. But this one kinda fell flat. There's a few good comedic moments here and there but most times I was unimpressed. That's a lot of negative, and I'm sorry for being a debbie-downer. So, here's what I did like: . There's a lot of action so it's never boring, and that's good. And as I said above, there's a few good comedic moments here. And I don't know why, but I like Set. Sadie and Carter think he's a villain, but I saw him as merely mischievous. Tl;dr- Although I'm extremely disappointed by this, I didn't completely hate it. I will still read the sequel. Let's hope it redeems the series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jesica

    Felix believed that the answer to every problem involved penguins; but it wasn’t fair to the birds, and I was getting tired of teleporting them back home. Somewhere in Antarctica, a whole flock of Magellanic penguins was undergoing psychotherapy. After the red pyramid incident, Carter and Sadie continue to defy the House of Life by teaching the old way. They now run the Brooklyn House and got some trainees (including the nine year old Felix who’s addicted to penguins. I somehow found him really cute ^.^). B Felix believed that the answer to every problem involved penguins; but it wasn’t fair to the birds, and I was getting tired of teleporting them back home. Somewhere in Antarctica, a whole flock of Magellanic penguins was undergoing psychotherapy. After the red pyramid incident, Carter and Sadie continue to defy the House of Life by teaching the old way. They now run the Brooklyn House and got some trainees (including the nine year old Felix who’s addicted to penguins. I somehow found him really cute ^.^). But the House of Life didn’t actually approve them so they not only faced the challenge from the evil side (Apophis) but also the elder magicians too. They had an idea to bring back an even older god, Ra, the Sun God, in hope that he would be able to fight Apophis. But not only bringing back Ra was very hard, the Sun God wasn’t exactly like they thought he would be. The adventures in this second book is as exciting as the first. There’re more characters and challenges. Sadie and Carter had grown up a bit too. Maybe it’s due to that they’re teachers now. The additional characters were impressive especially Bes, the dwarf god in blue Speedo. And Ra.. well he’s kind of the main mission of the book and he’s.. well, I won’t spoil it, I’ll just say that he’s surprising and refreshing. Anubis also got a bigger role. The new young magicians were interesting too with each their own unique powers and personalities. And khufu was just adorable (which says a lot since I don’t usually like Baboons or anything monkey-like). During the boat ride, Khufu had attempted some of his famous baboon magic on her—patting her forehead, making rude noises, and trying to insert jelly beans into her mouth. I’m sure he thought he was being helpful, but it hadn’t done much to improve her condition. This is a light and refreshing read. And Sadie and Carter’s narration makes it more fun :)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Rick Riordan does a great job telling this story. I couldn't give it a higher rating for one reason. Before I get to that reason, let me just say that I found myself getting lost in the story; then I would be reminded of my irritation and would have to work hard to get my brain focused on the story again. My big problem is with Sadie’s age; it became a huge distraction for me. I honestly feel that her age takes away from the integrity of the story line. She has just turned 13 years ol Rick Riordan does a great job telling this story. I couldn't give it a higher rating for one reason. Before I get to that reason, let me just say that I found myself getting lost in the story; then I would be reminded of my irritation and would have to work hard to get my brain focused on the story again. My big problem is with Sadie’s age; it became a huge distraction for me. I honestly feel that her age takes away from the integrity of the story line. She has just turned 13 years old. In addition to not acting and thinking like a 13 year old, she gets her first kiss. Then, throughout the entire story, she is so concerned about Walt and Anubis and confused by what she feels. 13-year-old girls have enough to worry about. If they read this, they are going to believe the same has to happen in their own lives. Why are we putting so much pressure on children to grow up faster than they need to? If a girl is holding hands and kissing at 13, what is she going to be doing at 15? There is no going back. Once you have started kissing, you will never be satisfied with just holding hands. With each step taken, innocence is lost. That is something that can never be regained. Is it really necessary to push our children into the adult world so soon?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bogdan Teodorescu

    Sooo cool, as all the others Rick Riordan books :). Can't wait to start the last one.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jon Cox

    How many different scenarios can one man create in which the world is about to end? [No, Bog, I'm the one typing. Get away from the keyboard.] All you have to do is read Rick Riordan's books to find out. In the Throne of Fire, the world is about to end. Again. [Gasp. Sorry, Bog just poked me in the ribs.] Riordan's prose is generally quite tight, and well written. [Thank you, Bog, I would like a drink.] But, he chose to use the same ridiculous [Yes, Bog, I could have used a stronger w How many different scenarios can one man create in which the world is about to end? [No, Bog, I'm the one typing. Get away from the keyboard.] All you have to do is read Rick Riordan's books to find out. In the Throne of Fire, the world is about to end. Again. [Gasp. Sorry, Bog just poked me in the ribs.] Riordan's prose is generally quite tight, and well written. [Thank you, Bog, I would like a drink.] But, he chose to use the same ridiculous [Yes, Bog, I could have used a stronger word here, but I don't want to offend any readers.] minor plot device in this book as he used in The Red Pyramid, and that's my major hang-up with the book. [If you don't like all the weird asides I am using in this review, Bog, and you think that it is distruptive and distracting to the main message of this review, then you would be in agreement with me about Riordan's plot device in the book.] An additional issue I had with the book are that characters make miracuous recoveries all the time. There was one time when a character was being carried like they have "no bones in [their] body" because they just used up all their energy in one paragraph, and then in the next paragraph they are sprinting around saving everyone again, without any explanation for the apparent recovery. Also, Riordan does a very unconvincing job of making one of the main characters sound British. In fact she doesn't sound anything like British. Rather, she sounds like an American that throws in a British word every hundred pages or so. And finally, when it comes down to it, both main characters don't sound like they are 14 and 13 years old. They sound like adults trying to act like teenagers. All in all, the book is more than a bit unconvincing, but if you can ignore all the distracting problems, you are probably going to enjoy it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Another delightful adventure with Carter and Sadie Kane! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Not too much to add to my review of The Red Pyramid as the style and things I enjoyed about this one are much the same. I had fun with some of the new characters from this one, especially Bes and Tawaret. Though we do get some resolution on the driving plot of reviving the sun god Ra and stopping the world from ending (!!!) this book is definitely poised as a "to be continued" (my husband was especially annoyed at the "lack Another delightful adventure with Carter and Sadie Kane! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Not too much to add to my review of The Red Pyramid as the style and things I enjoyed about this one are much the same. I had fun with some of the new characters from this one, especially Bes and Tawaret. Though we do get some resolution on the driving plot of reviving the sun god Ra and stopping the world from ending (!!!) this book is definitely poised as a "to be continued" (my husband was especially annoyed at the "lack of a conclusion" though I am more used to the fantasy series "not everything will be resolved in this book" issues so it didn't bother me). Sadie also has a birthday and some troubles in the romance department. All very cute and humorous. If you liked the first book, definitely continue with the series. I think this one is equally strong. And, if you haven't read The Red Pyramid, what are you waiting for? This series is smart, hip, funny, full of adventure, and even a little bit sweet at times. My husband and I both really enjoyed it. As a PS, the audiobook narration is just fabulous. I highly recommend it, especially for road trips. It will keep you engaged :-)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    Solid sequel; full and spoilery review here! http://an-avid-reader.tumblr.com/post...

  28. 5 out of 5

    leonie

    i liked this better than the first one actually! i loved the character development and the bigger picture that we’re getting! also: walt ❤ and the minor gods are more fun than the bigger ones i liked this better than the first one actually! i loved the character development and the bigger picture that we’re getting! also: walt ❤️ and the minor gods are more fun than the bigger ones

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ian Epp

    This is an amazing series that most people don't know about. Everybody knows about Percy Jackson but this series is just as good. I think everyone will like it and should read if you like his other books.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Magill

    As the 2nd book of the series, I am not sure this was as strong as the 1st. I enjoyed it overall, although as one reviewer here noted, it was rather Sadie-centric and, as another observed, the Kanes starting their own school seemed a bit surprising given their level of knowledge. In addition, the asides (which I expect will occur in the remaining series for continuity) are not as successful as perhaps the author originally envisioned. I think the book suffered a bit (speaking as an ad As the 2nd book of the series, I am not sure this was as strong as the 1st. I enjoyed it overall, although as one reviewer here noted, it was rather Sadie-centric and, as another observed, the Kanes starting their own school seemed a bit surprising given their level of knowledge. In addition, the asides (which I expect will occur in the remaining series for continuity) are not as successful as perhaps the author originally envisioned. I think the book suffered a bit (speaking as an adult reader) due to the very short time frame within which the action occurred and the relatively limited character development of some of the secondary characters which then limited the connection/sympathy to their plights (did anyone else notice that Jaz wasn't mentioned again after Sadie's ba conversation?). I think the first book did a better job within its own short timeframe of action. The emphasis here was on the action and not necessarily on the characters that made me care. That may be an element of trying to get the storyline told in three books and the difficulty in breaking this newest adventure into two separate ones with a reasonably satisfactory ending. I think it could have been done with an acceptable bridge ending, such as after the scrolls have been found and Zia rescued (and with a relatively short wait to the next book) - but hey - what do I know, I only read these things, and this is just my opinion. A good kids book, all the same, but not as good overall as some of his other books.

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