From rickriordan.com: 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 had a fascination lately with Rick Riordan lately! :) I must, because I've read all of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the first two Heroes of Olympus books and now the first book of the Kane Chronicles. I've liked them all. I'm not sure which series I like better out of the three, but of the three, the Kane Chronicles is probably my least favorite.
I liked Carter and Sadie, although I have a hard time picturing Carter as black. Strange, I know. But that's not how I see him in my head. (And Sadie is NOT black, which kind of plays with my head!) I liked Sadie's character too, but I wish she didn't cuss quite so much. I know, I know...kids hear it all the time, but I don't picture Sadie as that kind of person, so it seems really out of character. I don't know...it was hard to pin their characters down. Maybe as I read more of the series, it will get better.
The narration jumps between Carter and Sadie, and I think that really works. It's fun to see each of them from their sibling's perspective. And to get a different view on events in the book.
Overall it's a great book. I'd give this one 4 stars.