The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult - Fantasy
Rating: 4 stars

Review: I really enjoyed reading this one. It was just such a fun read! Rick Riordan, as always, does it again. The plot was interesting, the characters were fun, and there were plenty of action and adventure around for everyone. I especially like how the author is able to mix in the perfect amount of Egyptian mythology 'lessons' to fiction, without it sounding like it's coming from a boring old textbook. I liked the balance between the two, and being that I don't know much about Egyptian mythology, it was just so interesting to learn from this book.

I have to say though, I thought at times that the main characters/narrators were basically the same characters. Riordan alternates the narration between them two, and gives them a good amount of personality, but I still felt like I couldn't tell them apart. They also weren't that lovable or likable, and so even though I liked them, I didn't end up rooting for them all the way.

Having said that, I still thought it was an entertaining read. The pace was perfect, the writing was good as always, and the plot development was flawless. If you like Riordan's usual style, you will definitely enjoy this. I highly recommend this also to MG/YA readers.

13 comments:

  1. I love reading about mythology and learning about it though fiction. I don't know much about Egyptian mythology yet, so this would probably be worth checking out. Great review!

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  2. I just bought the Percy Jackson series and am looking forward to getting my first taste of Rick Riordan soon! His books sound so awesome. I especially like the way you say that he is able to blend mythology lessons to fiction. Learning can be fun :)

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  3. Pepca - Egyptian mythology is often overlooked so it's nice to see it applied to fiction!

    Aylee - Oh I think you will enjoy it! It might cure your Harry Potter hang over - at least, while you're reading the books. They are so fun!

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  4. I am still trying to finish the first one, which Ninong liked (although he does love everything Egypt). He is a slow reader, and is still working on this one.

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  5. I haven't read this one yet, but I'm excited to. I love Rick Riordan's writing, and he hasn't failed me yet. Great review, Jillian :)

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  6. i just read this one! i liked it, but not LOVVVEEED it. which sucks, but oh well.

    i just keep thinking of how awesome percy jackson was, and how nothing else riordan writes seems to be as good. maybe it's just me...but god, i LOVE that series so much!

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  7. BookQuoter - I am reading Feed right now! I blame Ate Justine for that. She kept telling me to read it so I caved! Haha

    Melissa - I agree. He hasn't failed me yet either. And thank you!

    Aleeza - I didn't love it either, but I still found it entertaining! Oh and I LOVE Percy Jackson too. They're so good!

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  8. Sometimes I found Carter and Sadie annoying when I read the Red Pyramid but I still thought it was a fun book and enjoyed learning about Egyptian mythology. One of my favorite characters from that book was Muffin :)

    I am looking forward to eventually reading this one though the book I really can't wait to get my hands on is The Son of Neptune. Great review!

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  9. Christina T - You know I actually do sort of agree with you. I didn't really find them annoying per se - just not likable enough! :) But yeah, Riordan is a fun writer and anything mythology-related is awesome. I also can't wait for The Son of Neptune. Clearly I just find Greek mythology more interesting to be honest.

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  10. Oh rick riordan... I really loved PJ, but his 2 new series... I haven't loved as much. It feels like it's all been done before, though they're different :p great review! I read but was lukewarm about The Red Pyramid.

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