The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan is the second book in the Kane Chronicles trilogy, Riordan’s Egyptian mythology series. Following siblings Sadie and Carter from their experiences in The Red Pyramid as they learn more about how these Egyptian Gods are playing with their modern lives.
This was such a fun read, in fact it’s tempted me to go back and reread book one because I didn’t enjoy that one nearly as much as this! It has really renewed my interest in Egyptian mythology, which I’ve been interested in since I was a child.
I really enjoyed getting to know Carter and Sadie more, along with those that have joined their household and also the Gods! The various Gods all had such vibrant personalities and I loved seeing their eccentricities and personality quirks. They are all distinct and in ways that fit what we know of them in the “real” world. And Carter and Sadie’s sibling relationship is done so well, and their portrayal as young teenagers also feels very accurate.
The book was also very immersive, there are a mix of scenes in our world and also in the world of the Gods. Those scene’s in the Gods world I could picture vividly and really added to the knowledge the book is giving you about the mythology. The writing draws you in and really got me invested in the plotline. I definitely was more absorbed in Sadie’s story than Carter’s, it felt a lot more action packed and like she had more links with the Gods which is what I was here for!
On CAWPILE I rated this: Characters: 7, Atmosphere: 8, Writing: 8, Plot: 8, Intrigue: 8, Logic: 8, and enjoyment: 8 giving an average of 7.86 and a 4* rating.
Highlight here for trigger warnings: death (including loved one), injury, racism.
This was a really enjoyable middle book, which makes a change from a lot of other series! I’m definitely looking forward to finishing out this series with The Serpents Shadow. Do you like mythological retellings? Have you read any of Riordan’s other books? This is the only series of his that I’ve read and I think I need to pick up the Percy Jackson series!