My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As usual, Rick Riordan has delivered a fun, action packed, and educational story. Now this is a fun way to learn about Egypt, Egyptian gods, and the pharaohs. The book is told from two points of view, brother and sister Carter and Sadie, who are wonderfully compelling characters and are modern teens through and through (technically Sadie is a pre-teen but she pretty much acts like a teen). The story is fast paced and has lulls where you learn important information at good spots in the story. The narrative is rich and you feel like you are in the world of the characters all the time.
No, you don’t have to be familiar with Percy Jackson to read this story, but you can appreciate the jokes about “other gods” if you have. Like in the Percy Jackson novels the descriptions used are contemporary and funny to ground the reader in today’s modern world while explaining ancient objects and concepts. Never thought of Egyptian skirts as kilts before reading this book. LOL. Or their “wands” as boomerangs, but hay that’s what they kind of look like.
This is a great way to learn a little bit about history while reading an exciting adventure story. I know that this wasn’t his first line of work, but I LOVE Mr Riordan’s YA novels.