In case you haven’t quite figured it out yet, I’ve been on a bit of a YA fantasy spree, and what better follow-up to “Beyonders” than “The Throne of Fire” by Rick Riordan, the author of the Percy Jackson series. Although I like the use of Egyptian gods in the Kane Chronicles, I have to admit that for whatever reason I just don’t find the story as engaging as the Percy Jackson books. I don’t think it’s so much Egyptian versus Greek as much as a difference in writing style.
The Percy Jackson books follow the normal prose / storytelling mode of most books. The Kane Chronicles are a bit different. I appreciate what Mr. Riordan is trying to do, trying to change up the normal fictional narrative by writing as if you’re “listening” to an audio recording, if that makes any sense. It’s an interesting narrative style, although it can be a bit clunky at times, but for some reason it just doesn’t work for me. I do, however, like how the narrative swaps back and forth between two different perspectives – Carter and Sadie. It gives you a better view of the events, since you read them from differing points of view.
The book starts a bit slow – I had a hard time getting into it, probably because it’s been so long since I read “The Red Pyramid”. Once I got reading, however, I started to remember bits and pieces of the previous book. And once you get past the first few chapters, the action begins to snowball, culminating – like any good movie would – with an action packed ending.
You also get to meet several new and interesting characters along the way. My favorite new introduction? Bes – the dwarf god. How can you not love a god who’s main power is to literally be frighteningly ugly? All in all I’m interested to see where Mr. Riordan goes with the third book (whenever it comes out) and look forward to a hopefully satisfying conclusion.