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The Throne of Fire — Rick Riordan

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Triumphing over Set, the god of Chaos does not guarantee the world’s security. Take it from the Kane siblings. They are once again in pursuit for a bizarre quest to complete the scrolls, awaken Ra, and stop the world from its impending demise. Just another ordinary day for the Kanes.

Oh yes, Rick Riordan pulled it off once again; crafting an inventive revision of the antiquated Egyptian mythology, supplementing it with a contemporary manner for that more inviting facet, but unnecessarily altering the genuine origin of the myths. Children, teenagers, and adults alike will surely savor the adventures of Carter and Sadie; in line with the gods, magicians, and artifacts splattered ubiquitously all throughout the book.

Our main protagonists are more mature and knowledgeable, fresh characters (godlings, gods, and magicians alike) were augmented into the story, hilarious one-liners that never fail to amuse, and a vehement opponent that we’ll all be hating until the very last book were the striking designs that Rick Riordan manifested in his second installment of the Kane Chronicles.

However experienced these two siblings became, they still did poor choices along the way which really bothered me and disliked them just a little bit. Say, in a few days’ time, the world ends and Sadie still demands to go to London and celebrate her birthday. Meanwhile, Carter abandoned Sadie on their quest to look for Zia. Oh well, they’re just kids anyway, so I forgive them.

This is the part I hate the most, giving my negative remarks towards the book and all, but it couldn’t be helped, could it?

I still couldn’t connect with Carter and Sadie, at all. In addition, I think they’re still too young for romance. Thirteen and fourteen year-olds already consumed with the idea of romantic relationships? I just hope that those young people who have read this won’t go around kissing people at thirteen. Save that for later, kids.

I was bored the whole time I was reading this. It may be fast-paced, brimming with action every other page, and downright hilarious, but I couldn’t get myself drawn into the story. Don’t get too hostile with me either since this was my problem and not the book’s. Perhaps I’m just getting too old for this.

The same with The Red Pyramid, I still have problems with the alternating voices of the protagonists since they don’t contrast one other. I couldn’t really distinguish who’s who if it weren’t for my incessant flipping back and forth of pages.

The Throne of Fire is definitely every bit as exciting as The Red Pyramid; however, they are jam-packed with too much foreign information. Hopefully the next book will navigate through these, so we’ll get a better comprehension with regards to these Egyptian details.

According to Goodreads, two-stars meant “It was ok.” The Throne of Fire wasn’t bad at all, but neither was it satisfactory for my taste. So spare me the hostility if you liked it.

 

Rating: ★★✰✰✰

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