My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven't given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians.
And now their most threatening enemy yet - the chaos snake Apophis - is rising. If they don't prevent him from breaking free in a few days' time, the world will come to an end. In other words, it's a typical week for the Kane family.
To have any chance of battling the Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. But that would be a feat more powerful than any magician has ever accomplished.
First they have to search the world for the three sections of the Book of Ra, then they have to learn how to chant its spells. Oh, and did we mention that no one knows where Ra is exactly?
Narrated in two different wisecracking voices, featuring a large cast of new and unforgettable characters, and with adventures spanning the globe, this second installment in the Kane Chronicles is nothing short of a thrill ride.
My Summary: A few months after their battle with Set, Sadie and Carter are doing really well - they've begun training 20 new trainees at their house in Brooklyn, and they've been continuing their own magical training at the same time. The only thing nagging at them is their lack of power - after hosting Isis and Horus and using the power of the gods, their own magic seems weak and ineffective. But the Kanes know the dangers of hosting the gods for too long - lesser magicians literally burn up when they try.
One night when Sadie and Carter are sent to steal a scroll from a museum, things go horribly wrong. Sadie and Carter escape, only to realize that their troubles are just beginning....
My Thoughts: You know that old myth that sequels are always worse than the first book in a series? Rick Riordan's books are the exception, no matter what series you're reading.
I loved this book (probably a little more than the first!), and I loved the way the characters have grown since the first book. In a few short months their worlds have been turned upside-down, but Sadie and Carter still managed to pull through stronger than ever. I also liked that there were relationships in this one - it had enough romance to appease any stray romantics who happened to be reading it.
I think what makes Rick Riordan's books so appealing is the way he writes his characters: they are nowhere near perfect, and they make these huge, ginormous mistakes, but in the end they know what they have to do, and they sacrifice their own happiness to do it.
And of course the writing and structure of the book was awesome -being his eighth book, I'd be surprised if it wasn't!
Final Thoughts: Yet another awesome read from the king of mythology! I recommend this series (and his other series too!) to everyone who has ever been interested in Greek, Roman, or Egyptian mythology (or if you're bored of the usual paranormal romances).