blogging, Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology

The Red Pyramid

“Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane. One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a “research experiment” at 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 the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them —Set— has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe – a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.”

I have already wrote some about mythology, so it should come as no surprise that I am writing again about mythology. Egyptian mythology holds a place in me. I love it because of the history that is steeped in the mythos itself. With that explanation out of the way I will get to Rick Riordan, he writes all types of mythologies and blends them together. He has written about Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Norse Mythology, and he does it wonderfully. This book in particular is about Egyptian Mythology.

Carter and Sadie Kane are siblings, but they spend the majority of their time away from each other, Sadie living with their Grandparents in England and Carter Traveling with their Father. Their mother has passed away. When their father disappears Carter and Sadie are swept up on an adventure that takes them all over the place. Riordan does something different with this series than he did with his Greek Mythology ones, where in those the heroes are descendant of the Greek Gods themselves, Carter and Sadie are simple magicians, they are not related to the ancient Gods of Egypt, though they do have the Blood of the Pharaohs in them which allows them to do many remarkable things on their journey.

Riordan also does well to not make the parents compete idiots and unlikeable. He makes them real parents and acting the way a parent would, the same goes with the Uncle. Riordan is able to play with the story and make it his own version of the mythos. Because mythos have many different versions of each story they are easy to play with and make it different but still the same story. Another thing he does is pull in the stories that he has written previously. At one point it is mentioned, “Manhattan has other problems. Other gods. It’s best we stay separate.”

Riordan has fun with his writing, he plays around and makes it fun while still being able to tell a story, a good one and not one that is bland and predictable. This book and the others in the series have made me laugh and I have been able to share it with my sister and she loves it as well. it makes a connection to my sister that gives us another thing in a long list of things to speak about and laugh about. Riordan has made work of these Mythos and told a brilliant story out of it.

Books, Fiction, Greek, Mythology

The Goddess Test

“Every girl who has taken the test has died. Now it’s Kate’s turn. It’s always been just Kate and her mom – and now her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall. Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld – and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests. Kate is sure he’s crazy – until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride, and a goddess. If she fails…”

I first read The Goddess Test in 2014. At the time I was reading anything I could that had to do with Greek Mythology and these books stuck out to me in a way that I loved. No matter how many times I reread these books I always find myself engrossed in the story that is being told. The way the story is told, how things are kept hidden in the beginning and then the way they are reviled was something that I loved.

I had the adventure right alongside Kate, Henry, Calliope, Ava. I found myself wanting to know more just as Kate did. From she found out what was going on and who Henry was, to when she was being tested and learning about what was going on around her. As Kate was doing what she could to not only save Henry, Ava and those around her she grew as a character, and the others around her did as well.

This series of books is a fresh take on Greek myths. It takes the story of Persephone and casts it aside to create a new story one where Hades (Henry) can be a good guy and not someone who is most often cast as the villain simply because of what his job is, taking care of the dead. Yet at the same time it keeps the story true to what we know about the Greek myths. Each of the God and Goddesses are there, just painted in a different way, some are obvious, others are not.

The series doesn’t take the villain and punish them and then are done, the villain does not accept that they have lost and keep trying them no matter what, they keep trying. It’s not an “oh I lost better give up now” they have the villain fulfill the punishment given and then they are off, recruiting help to get back at the heroes of the story. It also shows conflict between family and how hard it can be to help a family member who has given up and does not want to try anymore.

In the end the heroes still win, as with most books. But each character is given an opportunity to help or hinder Kate and Henry. Ava shows how far she would go to save her loved one when he is taken but the villain. Even if it means betraying the others in her family, though in the end she does go back and help Kate and Henry.

This book took the Greek Myths and shook them up turned them around and gave a wonderful story that makes the reader wish things like this happened in the real world, but at the same time gives an opportunity to visit the world of Kate and Henry and Greek Myths anytime they want just by opening the book and reading their story. Though it is fiction it a story and the characters come alive in the minds of the reader.