Good for ten and up!
Like everybody else, I was excited for the next book in the "Kane Chronicles" series. The moment my birthday presents were all opened, my sister drove me to the nearest Walmart where the first place I went to was the book section, prominently displaying the new arrivals.
So, did they deserve all that prominence? I'm still trying to figure that out.
But let me first get the newbies to Riordan's piping hot best sellers up to date with things. "The Kane Chronicals", in brief, is about a tempestuous brother-sister team, brainiac Carter and stubborn Sadie Kane, and how they save the world from Egyptian mythology's greatest villain, Aphophis. Throughout their wild adventures, they encounter and play along with ancient Egyptian myths and beings, like the cat goddess Bast and the desert god Set.
As with the first book, Riordan bakes a scrumptious cake with a unique, vibrant, adventure cake mix; velvet if you want to have a a texture referring to the flow of his writing and story. Between and around the layers, he frosts it heavily with humor, action sequences, and Egyptian mythology lessons with flair and interest. On top of that, sprinkles crown the cake; sugars of teen love, gem-like rocks with heart-felt descriptions of Adele's 19 and Egyptian tourist stands, and memorable characters.
This may look, and taste, like a masterpiece for teenagers who are familiar with Riordan's outstanding writing (The Lightening Thief, anyone?), but for me, though it had much of what it promised, I realized that this here cake was made for ten to thirteen year-olds. We all remember the time when our favorite book from ten years-old just didn't satisfy like it used to for the now-fourteen year-old. I'm afraid that I'm experiencing that change, wishing that Riordan wouldn't treat those poor and "ignorant" mortals like dummies. I mean, some of those screaming people went to Harvard or Oxford! Really, make them the smart ones for a chapter and not the main characters that are "in the know".
You see? Evidence that I'm growing up. But not even that can stop me from wanting to see how it will all end.
Overall, it is a great story for Riordan fans, 10 & up. Plenty of historical value; a few, and hard to discern, positive messages about caring for your brother or sister no matter how annoying, verbally abusive, mind-blowingly smart, and old they are; I wouldn't consider the main characters to be perfect role models (eh-em, Sadie?) though they do stand up to save the world when duty calls. Now, for the iffy stuff. Killing monsters daily without gore and magical fights; a brief kiss, a growing fancy between the boy main character and another girl who controls fire (wolf-whistle), a girl talks about her crushes on a god and another boy, and last but not least, an awkward moment where a boy comes to talk to the girl main character in her room (no making out). The two main characters call each other names, mostly why I put language down as a concern as to know it might influence your child. iPods and other stuff are mentioned.
I'm doing this during study hall at school so better go.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness