Carter and Sadie Kane have spent most of the time apart, living two very different lives. Carter lives and travels with their Dad, a brilliant Egyptologist. Sadie lives with their grandparents on their mother’s side. Their father takes them for a private viewing at the British Museum, not a thrilling way to spend the little time they all have together, but he doesn’t tell them that he is up to something. Then an explosion shatters the ancient Rosetta Stone unleashing Set, the evil god of chaos and trapping their father in a golden coffin.
Carter and Sadie are forced to run for their lives. Their Uncle Amos starts them on a terrifying quest to save their father’s life. The quest takes them from London to New York, Cairo to Paris and the American south-west. Along the way they learn about the family’s connection to the House of Life, an ancient Egyptian temple of magic. They learn how they are connected to the gods, get help from unexpected sources like Bast – goddess of the cats, and uncover a plot with consequences more devastating than never seeing their father again.
Egypt in the modern world, Riordan has done here for Egyptian mythology what he has done for Greek mythology with the Percy Jackson series. There is plenty of action, though the focus is more magic than straight out battle. The relationship between the gods and humans is very different to the one from the Percy Jackson books, though comparisons would be expected. Riordan has created a layered and interesting read, that moves at a cracking pace. Using the alternating perspectives of Carter and Sadie to tell the story gives it two strong voices. There is a wonderful sibling dynamic between the two central characters that offsets the seriousness of the situation they find themselves in. Another wonderfully entertaining read.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Published: 05 May 2011
Format: Paperback 544 pages
ISBN 13: 9780141325507