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.
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"Plenty of humor keeps things light, as in Sadie's contemplation of papyrus, made from a river plant: 'The stuff was so thick and rough, it made me wonder if the poor Egyptians had had to use toilet papyrus. If so, no wonder they walked sideways.' .... Readers will be clamoring for the next installment." - Shelf Awareness
"... fun, if formulaic, start to the Kane Chronicles series .... Despite flaws, Riordan delivers another funny yarn with kids in the lead and animal sidekicks that nearly steal the show. Ages 912." - Publishers Weekly
"Readers pining for Percy Jackson will find new heroes in Carter and Sadie Kane, and that's not all bad, even if the plot will seem familiar." - Kirkus Reviews
"The humor never takes away from the story or from the overall tone. A must-have book, and in multiple copies. Grades 4-9." - School Library Journal
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Riordan is the multi-award-winning
author of the Tres Navarre mystery series for adults and the #1 New York Times
bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series for children.
For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. In 2002, Saint Marys Hall honored him with the schools first Master Teacher Award.
His adult fiction has won the top three national awards in the mystery genre the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. He has presented workshops for such organizations as the International Reading Association, the California Association of Independent Schools, the National Council for Teachers of English, the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute and ...
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