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(Three 1/2 stars, really) OK, honestly, I'm not a huge fan of this crossover series Riordan's made. Great idea, however, Carter and Sadie seem, to me, to be made as impressions of Percy and Annabeth, except with Egyptian mythology. I may be wrong, but this combo didn't work for me, because Sadie is too much like Percy, and Annabeth too much like Carter. HOWEVER, I thoroughly enjoy these books (the more Percy the better, right?), but just wish they were a little longer. This one in particular, though, seemed a little too much of Egyptian magic and not enough Greek gods and whatnot, what with Setne being the main enemy and all. This wasn't a big issue, I just was hoping for more of a Percy Jackson influence. This book wasn't amazing, nor was it bad - it was a good, satisfying read that I enjoyed, and would recommend to anyone. I loved hearing more from Riordan, as I think his books are hilarious, and liked the added bonus of the Sneak Peek into Magnus Chase (which I've been waiting for for a while now). All in all, good book, love the characters, but needed a little more Greek influence. Also see this review at kidbookreviewer.weebly.com
Trust me. I am a big fan of Rick Riordan but this book was two short and it's too much to ask for, the best of both worlds. He also made Percy sound so dumb. He always made Sadie sound and act immature but since when can she make Carter slap himself without even doing anything, that doesn't make sense. I guess in a world that mixing ancient cultures creates major changes any thing goes. The sample for the next book is very very good. Even thow this book was a fail I'm still expecting a lot from books to come that are written by Mr.Riordan.
I gave it a bonus star for continuing to combine the Jackson /Kane series together. But unfortunately, that is the best we can do ...this novella is not Riordan's best writing or story. If this is what is coming in the future, this series has pretty much jumped the shark. There was no compelling character development, no ethical dilemma, and no real character growth... Sadie and Carter felt pretty flat in particular.
The part of the story I was aloud to read was great, but I did not get the entire book to read. Guess I will have to purchase the book instead of getting it on my reader. Too bad that just means I have to spend more money and get rid of the electronic reader. Bad investment.
I guess it was alright. It was good but it wasn't great. I'm disappointed because of the usually high standard of Rick. It isn't worth reacarter gets hit by setne with a fire spell and in the end is trapped in a snow globe by greek/Egyptian magic and Carter and Sadie gets the crown of ptolemyding I would say. Spoiler alert don't get too attached to Carter.
After the terrific Percy Jackson series and the Kane Chronicles this is kind of blah and very short. Not terrible, just not a lot of bang for your buck, though it does blend the main characters from both series well.
Just overall the Eygptian stories are not as fun as the Percy Jackson novels. There are still good elements, and it is an entertaining light read, just a bit more serious than the Percy Jackson stories.