Sadie & Carter Kane, estranged siblings since their mother died, are reunited because of the abduction of their archaelogist father. Their father summoned Osiris, god of the underworld, got entombed, and unleashed the gods born on Demon Days in the process too. Set, god of evil and storms, builds the red pyramid to conquer the world and ergo, becomes their greatest enemy. How can two children fight an ancient god of doom? What is special about them that makes them almost invincible enough to save the world?
Readers are once again shown a journey of heroes-in-the-making, like the Percy Jackson series. But unlike the security, pretentiousness, and rigor of a camp that Percy and his friends underwent though, the Kanes’ training seemed more raw, natural, and exciting because of their thrown-into-the-wild experiences in the real world. An additional difficulty is the inability of Sadie & Carter to comprehend Egyptian powers which stems from its exoticness, as it seems more mysterious and less known in contemporary culture than their Greek counterparts. Expectations of their character’s growth in the book are more surprising, as compared to the slightly expected skills that the Percy Jackson posse would have to harness or develop as determined by their ancestry. Sadie & Carter were on their own, orphaned by tragedy, half-controlled by gods that inhabited their bodies. These factors made quite a difference, and are more emphatic avenues for readers to feel for the siblings’ life-changing losses and overwhelming challenges. Percy did lose his mother in The Lightning Thief, but Sadie & Carter’s polar personalities posed more difficult resolutions because of an inescapable sibling rivalry and tension, with nobody else to guide them except for a cat and an uncle as support group in a cross-country chase. Riordan fleshed out these complexities very well in his storyline as he speaks of lineage and resolving family differences that gave this more depth than the Jackson series.
Riordan’s vast knowledge of Egyptian history is apparent in his research because he not only knew how to weave the numerous gods in the story, but also made extra effort to incorporate graphic hieroglyphs along with the Egyptian words/spells in the text. It is an interesting merging of not just content, but also of forms. Even the layout of the text is impressive, with indicative symbols of who’s narrating the story (dual perspective of Sadie & Carter).
And so, The Kane Chronicles have begun. The alliance between gods and humans are rekindled. Now, to prepare and fight the ancient, evil beast that threatens the peace of humankind in the next adventures.