A New Adventure Starts
I just returned from reading a few of the top Goodreads reviews, and I have to say they are mixed. I do understand the concerns from some of the other reviewers, but I have overlooked them for my review because I feel like Rick Riordan creates a great story with enough detail to seem believable. I haven’t read the Percy Jackson series for a little while now, so I’m reviewing this fresh without comparing it to Percy Jackson.
Riordan knows how to create gripping stories. I mean, if I can read this as an adult, imagine how a child/teen would feel to be whisked away for hours at a time where gods are real, and everything you’ve been taught about Egyptians has come to life. I liked how I could envision shapes or symbols floating around as magic was cast. I also do enjoy Riordan’s humour. It’s very young and ridiculous which makes a perfect juxtaposition for such epic tales like this.
While I’ll admit it’s good to have such a strong female lead in with the male lead, I found the character voices to be too similar. I mean, Sadie is a girl who grew up in London with her grandparents whereas Carter is a boy who grew up travelling the world with his father. These two voices should be entirely different. The way they think and perceive situations should be different. I found that the voices blurred and in the end, I didn’t know whose side of the story I was reading.
I noticed some people complained about the story. That it was repetitive. For me, however, I found it like the Percy Jackson saga/chronicles. I have no complaints about that. It’s just if you don’t like the formula he used for other books; you may not like this book.
I gave this book a solid four-star review. I’m curious as to how the rest of the series will turn out and I have figured out that Riordan is probably one of my favourite authors at the moment. There are a few minor tweaks that could be made, but it didn’t affect the overall storyline, so I didn’t take too many points off. Check it out if you’re a Riordan fan.
Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade
May 4th, 2010
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