The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid

Hardcover | May 4, 2010

byRick Riordan

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Since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them--Set has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe -- a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

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Since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he ho...

Rick Riordan ( the author of all the books in theNew York Timesbest-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series:The Lightning Thief;The Sea of Monsters;The Titan's Curse;The Battle of the Labyrinth; andThe Last Olympian.His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 8.62 × 6 × 1.62 inPublished:May 4, 2010Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1423113381

ISBN - 13:9781423113386

Appropriate for ages: 10

Customer Reviews of The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid


Rated 5 out of 5 by from great i love it
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay It's not nearly as good as literally everything else he's written. I actually didn't even bother finishing the series.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Much Good Stuff, So Little Time I'm such a huge book nerd, but i always take time to read through Riordan's books!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright I loved how Rick Riordan incorporated new styles of mythology yet again, btu I don't think it was good as the Percy Jackson series!
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool Its very intresting &cool but in 2014 something I borwoad the book from the libary I didint really like but now just so awesome! Wooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2015-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The red pyramid It was very good And i recommend you to read it.i learnd so much about eygption gods just from reading this book.
Date published: 2015-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #superb Perfect way to start such an amazing seiris if you like mythology stories this you should read all Rick Riordan's books!
Date published: 2015-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rick Riordan book's I have been reading his percy jackson series my whole life and then I started reading this series and I loved it. Me and my friends also liked the way he combined percy jackson and the kane chronicles and we think that you should make another book series with both sets of characters. wdvjf
Date published: 2014-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT!!!!! This was the best preview ever I will buy the book now
Date published: 2014-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The red pyramid Research is dead on, images of all characters are graphic, action enough to convert to film with no problems, l like this a lot.. Looking forward to the other books.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Must read this as well the Percy Jackson series!!
Date published: 2014-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice I really enjoyed this reading this book over the summer!
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice A great book, I couldn't put it down, I finished within a day and I'm now in love with the series, can't wait to read the next book :) The author Rick Riordan is also amazing, I read both his Heroes Of Olympus, and Percy Jackson series which were both amazing.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ;;:;)))) Not Percy Jackson but still amazing:-)
Date published: 2013-09-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Red Pyramid This book was awesome. It right up there with Harry Potter. Much more colorful than and more entertaining than I expecting it to be. In a word, Marvelous!
Date published: 2013-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome This book is so realistic I'm actually believing that their are really Egyptian gods. I'd want to study the path of Horus.
Date published: 2013-05-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not up to Riordan standards. Not nearly as good as the PJO series.I found it hard to differentiate between the two narrators when I'm reading. I always has to go back and check to see who was speaking. Carter or Sadie. I also had issues with the number of events that happened in this book. There were many small and forgetful incidents that occured. When I finished, I found it hard to trace back all the things that had happended. Definately too busy. But I enjoyed learning about the different gods but there were A LOT of things that Riordan could have expained better. I'm still unsure of what exactly Duat is. The House of Life is also not well explained considering its importance to this series. So there are the reasons for the 3 stars.
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book from Rick Riordan Not as good as the Percy series but then again just reading the first Percy Jackson book you would need to read the rest to get the full experience and love for the series. That being said a lot happened in the first book, a lot was explained, and a lot implied. Good start for a series.
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great beginning Carter and Sadie Kane have their world turned upside down in one night. They are siblings raised apart. Carter was raised while travelling the world with their father, an Egyptologist. Sadie was raised with their maternal grandparents in London England. On one of the two days a year they are allowed to spend together, instantly their lives are changed forever. On that fateful night the Egyptian God, Set, and his siblings are released from their long entrapment. Set traps their father and they must find a way to free him. Exploring a slew of Egyptian myths and legends, the story is a history lesson wrapped in a thrilling adventure that spans time and continents. In a world where Egyptian magic still exists, and all the old legends have more truth than just myths, it is superbly written and intensely addictive; this story is amazing and leaves you desperate for book two.
Date published: 2011-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :D !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I admire Rick's work here, he's style in this book was different from the Percy series but still good. I knew nothing about egyptian gods but the way he explained, made me understand and laugh as well. Rick sure knows how to grab the readers. Hmm I wonder which is better Greek or Egyptian gods, though i see some resemblance. :D Thanks and well done Rick !!!!
Date published: 2010-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book 2? Ok I loved it , but this is book 1 and Rick is coming out with a new searies, what happend to book 2 of THIS searies, on the book cover it says BOOK 1, and all I whant to know is if there is going to be a book 2 or not and I will be so mad if the storie of Sadie and Carter Kane is not continued.
Date published: 2010-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect for Percy Jackson fans Great for anyone of any age who enjoy mythology, especially if it's Egyptian. Its got quirky, funny moments kids and adults can appreciate. The story of a brother and sister who discover that they are the by products of two powerful Egyptian wizard bloodlines, they are drawn against their will in a battle between the gods for the salvation or destruction of the earth. Along the way they are alternately befriended and spied upon by a secret society sworn to keep the balance in the world and the gods in their place. Fantastic story. I really liked it, but the story telling is a little off. Narration voice switches back and forth between brother and sister throughout the book. While usually done well, it can be confusing as to who is speaking and doing what if you don't follow the changes closely. Aside from that, great beginning to a new series by an established author.
Date published: 2010-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VERY VERY GOOD rick riordan is an amazing author. this first book of the kane chronicles is a page turner and i'm pretty sure everyone will like it. an extremely good read!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2010-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Riveting I purchased this for my 10 year old son. He was captivated right from the first chapter. Very well written and a great story line. Can't wait for the next book to come out.
Date published: 2010-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AWESOME Though it was a good book it had almost the same plot as percy jackson. In the first book of percy jackson, at first percy believes that Ares is the real enemy. Then in the end he learns that Ares isnt the real enemy, Krono is. In the Red Pyramid, Sadie and Carter think Set is the real eneny, really it's someone else.
Date published: 2010-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from brilliant. simply brilliant. if your a long time fan of Riordan then you will not be dissapointed. Ricks back with his lovable characters, humour, action and suspence and a whole slew of new monsters and adventures. buy it. now.
Date published: 2010-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing ! In this book Rick Riordon really captivates me. It's amazing. One thing happens after another.
Date published: 2010-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant I thought this book was abousoutely outstanding! The plot was great and there was a touch of modern-humor. This book was a page turner... a little to much page turning.... must of been the work of Sadie Kane. Even though I enjoyed this book very much, there was still one con: confusion. In this book, Sadie and Carter take turns telling the story. At some points even though I read the name of who was telling the story, I still found myself thinking of the last person telling the story. Overall fantasic book!
Date published: 2010-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Page-Turner The Red Pyramid is fantastic! It keeps you intersted and leaves you hanging at the end. Carter has an amazing personality, but Sadie didn't have as much potential as Carter. You get to know Carter, but Sadie is kind of . . . there. Luckily for us, Rick Riordan will publish a Kane book once a year at spring. Rick Riordan has planned a three-book series, but who knows? I would recommend this book to Egyptian lovers, Rick Riordan fans and anyone who craves adventure.
Date published: 2010-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An adventure worth taking. This novel takes the reader on an adventure with every flip of the page, every word adding more to the excitement the first one brought. You too will find yourself daunted by the enemies, and enthralled by the imagery. Looking back Riordan has perfectly placed pieces to give you a hint of where he was going, a piece of his logic to help you believe, but they are tiny pieces to the awe-inspiring world he has created. This will for a long time sit proudly on my shelf, but as the loved book it is will be taken down so i can loose myself once again in Riordan's world of magic and power, and the battle against greed. Well done, Riordan, well done.
Date published: 2010-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!! Ok, first of all, wow! I left a comment three months ago saying it was going to be amazing and I was wrong. It was WAY more than amazing. It was BRILLIANT!!!! Rick Riordan uses his mythology knowledge and puts it together with humour and action and suspense. It is a non-stop intensity book and I am SURE you will love it more than the Percy Jackson books (I can't believe I just said that but it is true)!!!! SO READ THE RED PYRAMID TODAY!!!!!
Date published: 2010-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :) hey for whoever is reading this if you go to the kane there is a sneak peak of the first chapter. sounds pretty good so far. its written in a diary entery. makes me want to keep reading.
Date published: 2010-04-09
Date published: 2010-02-11

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Editorial Reviews

Since their mother's death, six years ago, 12-year-old Sadie Kane has lived in London with her maternal grandparents while her older brother, 14-year-old Carter, has traveled the world with their father, a renowned African American Egyptologist. In London on Christmas Eve for a rare evening together, Carter and Sadie accompany their dad to the British Museum, where he blows up the Rosetta Stone in summoning an Egyptian god. Unleashed, the vengeful god overpowers and entombs him, but Sadie and Carter escape. Initially determined to rescue their father, their mission expands to include understanding their hidden magical powers as the descendants of the pharaohs and taking on the ancient forces bent on destroying mankind. The first-person narrative shifts between Carter and Sadie, giving the novel an intriguing dual perspective made more complex by their biracial heritage and the tension between the siblings, who barely know each other at the story's beginning. The first volume in the Kane Chronicles, this fantasy adventure delivers what fans loved about the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: young protagonists with previously unsuspected magical powers, a riveting story marked by headlong adventure, a complex background rooted in ancient mythology, and wry, witty twenty-first-century narration. The last pages contain a clever twist that will leave readers secretly longing to open their lockers at the start of school.-Booklist