Book Review: The Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel (The Kane Chronicles: The Graphic Novel #1)

Authors: Rick Riordan and Orpheus Collar

Genre: MG graphic novel
Published: October 2nd 2012
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 192
Source: Purchased Paperback

Goodreads Summary:

Since their mother’s death, Sadie and Carter have become near-strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, Carter has traveled the world with their father, the famed Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane.
One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings to the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that all the gods of Egypt are waking, and that Set now has his sights on them. To stop him, the duo embarks on a dangerous journey across the globe, one that brings Carter and Sadie ever closer to the truth about their family and its connection to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

The heart-stopping action and magic explode off the page in The Red Pyramid, The Graphic Novel, based on the worldwide best-selling novel by Rick Riordan.

My Rating of this Book – 4 out of 5 stars

My Review:

Not having read The Red Pyramid, the novel, but as someone who loves Egyptian mythology, I was curious what I would think of the graphic novel if I read it first. Turns out, even with the slow beginning, it’s an awesome, quick read!

The best part was Sadie. She really totally made this graphic novel worth reading. She has such a great spunky attitude and loves taking risks! And Bast and Anubis were the best written gods in the whole story. The rest I couldn’t really connect with. Actually, even with Carter and Sadie harboring Horus’s and Isis’s essences, the other gods seemed none existent. Set and Thoth were the only other gods with a major role in the events. The rest of the gods were mainly a part of the plotline’s background.

And there were definitely some other things about the graphic novel that didn’t live up to my expectations. For instance, some of the background and mythology was hard to follow. Especially the rewritten mythology of Isis and Osiris and the series of the reincarnations of the gods. It seemed stretched. Also, it’s not very obvious in the graphic novel how the gods and their powers even affected Carter or Sadie. It’s really like watching as a third party through a TV screen. You’re not interacting with the characters in any sense.

Even so, this graphic novel has piqued my interest in reading The Red Pyramid, the actual novel. And I wouldn’t mind reading another Kane Chronicles graphic novel either.

Favorite quote: “HMMPH, I AM NOT A DOG. ~ Anubis. ❤

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