Post #32: The Throne of Fire

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The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

Post number thirty-two is for Rick Riordan’s The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: The Throne of Fire, which picks up a few months after the first in the series. The Kane kids have set out the tape, and have gotten recruits who have answered their call for help; these recruits all live in Brooklyn with them and are training in the path of the Gods.

Brief spoilers follow.

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Amos has returned from Egypt, Carter and Sadie have released Horus and Isis (although they still follow their paths), and things are going well, until Horus tells Carter that he has six days to save the world. Apophis, the embodiment of chaos, is rising, and if he does he will destroy the world. Horus gives Carter a heads-up as to where he can find the first scroll to help raise Ra, the ancient Sun God, and Apophis’ mortal enemy. Ra has been sleeping for millenia, ever since Isis tricked him into giving her his secret name and sending him into “forced retirement” so that Osiris, her husband, could become king. The book revolves around Carter and Sadie’s search for the final two scrolls, one of which was hidden by Set when Set was Ra’s Lieutenant, and their quest to wake Ra. The kids have a new villian to confront – Menshikov, a Russian magician who is second-in-command to Desjardines – who is consorting with the Gods, even though it’s still against the rules. They also get a new friend, Bes, the dwarf god, whom Bast has asked to watch them as she journeys to the Duat to check on Apophis’ cage. Bes is the epitomy of LOL humor; he is the best character in the entire book, imo.

This book was a bit easier to read through, because all of the explaining isn’t necessary, aside from a few things about Ra and Apophis. As I mentioned with Bes, the humor is more rampant in this book, including a few funny moments supplied by Set. The book was also shorter than the first one by almost a hundred pages, so things moved more quickly. Sadie and Carter had to handle things on their own this time, too, because they don’t have Isis and Horus so readily at their disposal (which is not to say that they don’t help; as I said above, Horus is the one that gets them on this quest in the first place, which is odd considering his feelings about waking Ra). They still have godly help in the form of Bes, but they must shoulder the responsibilities required by themselves for the most part, so they’re becoming more independent.

BIGGER SPOILERS BELOW; HIGHLIGHT TO READ.

I do wonder what’s going to happen, because the waking of Ra doesn’t exactly go as they planned. I want to know what Zia and Walt have to do with everything, and what’s going to happen with Apophis, who isn’t going to be held down forever. Also, I still don’t trust Set, and am concerned about what Sadie giving up his secret name is going to mean. And something is going on with Ra; the fact that he purposely didn’t merge with his final part of his soul must mean something; I don’t think he’s as big of a fool as everyone thinks he is.

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