The Throne of Fire Book Review

Other books in the Kane Chronicles:  The Red Pyramid

“Welcome, children,” he called across the water. “Come. Join me for the end of the world.”
pg. 398

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

I finished this book a few days ago and I don’t really have a good reason why I didn’t review it the day I got it. I should have because now I’m behind the crowd. Everyone who wanted to read it probably already has. Anyone who wanted a review has probably gone elsewhere. Knowing this hurts; still, I’ve managed to gather enough strength to move on.

In Throne of Fire, Sadie and Carter continue their adventures with the Egyptian gods. Basically, they are trying to stop Apophis—the ultimate evil—from rising to power before it’s too late. It is classic adventures and quests. Myths and modern day. Siblings trying to save the world.

So, what did I like about this book? Quite a lot actually. Let me just recap what I didn’t like about the last book. First, Sadie hogged all the cool bits and I didn’t enjoy her as a narrator as much as Carter, her brother. Second, I thought there were way too many mini quests and quests within quests within quests. Nothing seemed to just happen straightforward and it was a little too long.

This book was better. The story was more straightforward. Like I said, they’re trying to stop Apophis from rising and with such a clear focus they stay on track and the story doesn’t take eons to get to the action. The pacing was just better.

Sadie still isn’t my favorite narrator. She still bothers me. A lot. I think it has to do with the fact that she is 12 (she turns 13 somewhere in the book, but still) she’s just a kid, and yet, she’s crushing on boys like all over the place. What is this? Seriously. What. Is. This. I just don’t get what authors are trying to do. I mean, I have nothing against a romance, or even a crush.

But here’s the thing: they’re just kids. I thought parents were concerned with their daughters and sons growing up too fast. Well, this is kinda going against that.

And honestly, it’s not a hard problem to fix. Just start your characters off older. Youth worked with Percy Jackson because he had a year or so in between each of his adventures so he grew up. But this story barely has weeks. So I know Sadie and Carter will be pursing love at the tender ages of 13 and 14 respectively, but it would have made so much more sense if they had been 15 and 16. It’s not as if all the children reading Percy Jackson or Harry Potter stopped reading when the character grew older than them. So logically, having an older character wouldn’t stop them from reading books to begin with. So, to the authors of the world: Can we please just stop the underage romance? It creeps me out, and I promise you everyone will still read your books if your characters are a little older.

Yeah. So Sadie. Too young.  Anyways, other than that Sadie is a vibrant and well crafted character that I just can’t stand and I’m not going to lie: when she narrated, I would skim a bit.

Carter is not that different from Sadie but I liked him more. I can’t really put my finger on why, but I did. I thought he was just nicer to read about. And I like his adventures more. He is also a well crafted and vibrant character.

All of Riordan’s characters are. I mean, I really think this guy has a talent for telling a story in largely simple terms and still managing to get a movie play through my head. Sometimes modern authors like to get to wordy in their present day books. I really really really hate that. The people will be talking with their “likes,” and “ums,” and “so yeahs,” and then they’ll pause for a moment and ponder the meaning of life and beauty of the moon in near Shakespearian language. And it sounds so out of place and silly that it’s just a total buzz-kill.

Riordan, he sticks with the times. His kids sound like kids; this guy really does know his audience. He knows exactly how we talk and what kinds of things will make us laugh. And I’m not kidding when I say that there were times when I just had to stop reading because I was laughing to hard. I also love how he recreates the gods. That’s some of the most fun this book has to offer—especially if you know your Egyptian mythology. Which I am pleased to say that I do because I wanted to be an Egyptologist when I was younger. Yeah…I just radiate cool all over the place.

Anyways, seeing these characters come to life—Set in a red Disco suite, Isis who is gorgeous with gossamer wings, Horus as an arrogant king— it’s just fun. Also the fact that Riordan is always close to the existing mythos makes these books fairly reliable for getting kids interested in ancient stories. I think they do justice to the original legends, and certainly make them available to a younger audience.

The one thing I didn’t like with this story (apart from Sadie) was that when big things happened sometimes the scene would be too short. Usually Riordan has a flare for the awesome. But there was a point when someone that Carter was looking for was found and a god was released and it was like, if I had blinked I would have missed what happened. That sort of thing popped up once or twice and it was just jarring, because I was expecting more.

Wow, well guys, I’ve officially rambled my brains out. In short, this book was more concise and a better read than the first one. I thought the end was exciting and the twists and turns definitely kept me entertained. I’m pretty excited for the next book because I think it’s the last one and I’m really interested to see how Riordan’s going to wrap it up. There are so many paths he could take…

Anyways, fans of the series won’t be disappointed. I really think that any of Riordan’s books are a great read for kids, not only to teach them about ancient myths and expose to them new things, but also just to get them into reading. Because these books are fun, no matter your age they are just simply fun.

Ri’s Rating:

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3/5


0. Couldn’t get past chapter one for fear of wanting to kill myself. Book induced suicide…

1: Yuck. Ew. Below Average. Probably didn’t even read the middle and skipped to the end.

2. Ok. Would’ve been better if I’d written the ending and everything else.

3. Not bad at all. Very enjoyable. Quite nice. Recommendable.

4. My kind of book. Near ideal, but something was a little off (annoying names, bad ending, that sort of thing).

5. WOW. Makes me wonder why people watch T.V when this is out there. Really liked it. Don’t expect to see this often.

6 and above. What I want my book to be.

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7 Comments

  1. Deshaun

     /  May 13, 2011

    this is exactly what i was feeling about this book. itslike i couldnt word it but this was perfect forwhat i wanted. i read this book in a day. it wuz AWESOME!!!
    i recomend it for all ages.

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    • Ri

       /  May 15, 2011

      so true bro. i always whip through these books myself and it does have a certain quality that lends itself to all ages. glad you enjoyed it; keep on reading!

      Reply
  2. Found you through Charlotte’s Library… and I agree: it’s better than The Red Pyramid, and your points about the romance and age is a valid one. I guess it didn’t bother me because the kids sound older than their actual ages. I guess they were 15 and 16 in my brain, if not on the page. You’re right, though, that it wouldn’t have been that hard of a change to make.

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    • Ri

       /  May 15, 2011

      i do the same thing. i just can’t see them as young as they claim to be. they’re language, choices– everything ages them. i too would place ‘em at about 15 and 16. thanks for commenting and come back soon :)

      Reply
  3. n

     /  March 7, 2012

    Way to long of a review

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  4. mj

     /  May 13, 2013

    All of his books are great I know becase I have read every sunbelt book he wrote about Greek mythology

    Reply

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