“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. ”
This book was a total surprise for me.
This was technically a reread for me. When I was a freshman in high school, this was a book that I had to read for our summer required reading. I remember at the time, I had been interested in the book after reading the synopsis but when I actually started reading it, I didn’t really pay attention to it.
Now, that was almost 5 years ago. Since it had been so long since I had read it (or attempted to read it I should say), I figured it was about time that I gave it a second chance.
Man, I am so glad I did.
First of all, I went into this book not knowing anything at all about Egyptian mythology. I had kind of a basic idea of it from what I could remember from when I first time I read. But know, it is something that I want to read more about. I know that I have said that about all of the books that I have read by this author, but it is true. I really, truly do want to learn more about mythology.
I also liked how we got some diversity in this book. I know when I read The Heroes of Olympus series (which I have full reviews for all of those books here on the blog), I wanted some diversity. I got that in that series and I also got some in this book. I think that diversity is so important in books that are coming in today’s society and I am very glad that we are getting increasingly amounts of it in both YA and Middle Grade fiction.
I really enjoyed both Carter and Sadie as our main characters. Sadie reminded me a ton of what I was like when I was her age. Carter reminds me a lot of my younger brother. They were both so independent despite their young age. They didn’t really depend on each other. They didn’t need a huge group of friends that helped them out on their mission. They were just themselves. They developed so much as the rest of the book continued on and it was done very while. I definitely excited to see them develop more as the series continues.
I loved how this story focused so much on family. I can’t imagine what it must have been like for Carter and Sadie to lose their mother for reasons they can’t explain. And then to be separated from one another more 6 years. That sounds miserable. When they were finally reunited at the beginning of the book, and throughout the rest of the book as well, I could really see their brotherly and sisterly bond begin to form. I can’t wait to see their relationship develop as the series goes on.
The plot of this book was definitely different than any other book that I have read by this author. I think for that is because the mission was so different than any other. We have two characters who are just trying to find and be reunited with their father rather than being sent on some mission to save the world from destruction because of mythological creatures. And I was perfectly fine with that. I actually liked it better than some of the other plot lines. I think that this family dynamic, like I said earlier, played such a key role in how this plot played out just made it stick out in my mind. I did find it slow at times and I think that the book could have been a couple of chapters shorter but other than that I really didn’t find anything wrong with it.
Overall, this book was great. Is it my favorite book by this author? No. But I must say that I am so glad that I gave a second chance. I do plan on continuing on with the series and I can’t wait to see where the story goes from here!