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Since their mother's death, Sadie and Carter have become near-strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, Carter has traveled the world with their father, the famed Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings to the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, Since their mother's death, Sadie and Carter have become near-strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, Carter has traveled the world with their father, the famed Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings to 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 all the gods of Egypt are waking, and that Set now has his sights on them. To stop him, the duo embarks on a dangerous journey across the globe, one that brings Carter and Sadie ever closer to the truth about their family and its connection to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs. The heart-stopping action and magic explode off the page in The Red Pyramid, The Graphic Novel, based on the worldwise best-selling novel by Rick Riordan.


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Since their mother's death, Sadie and Carter have become near-strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, Carter has traveled the world with their father, the famed Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings to the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, Since their mother's death, Sadie and Carter have become near-strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, Carter has traveled the world with their father, the famed Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings to 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 all the gods of Egypt are waking, and that Set now has his sights on them. To stop him, the duo embarks on a dangerous journey across the globe, one that brings Carter and Sadie ever closer to the truth about their family and its connection to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs. The heart-stopping action and magic explode off the page in The Red Pyramid, The Graphic Novel, based on the worldwise best-selling novel by Rick Riordan.

30 review for The Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel

  1. 3 out of 5

    Anne

    3.5 stars I picked this out for the same lazy reason that I read the graphic version of Ender's Game. I did't really want to fool with the book, because the reviews were sort of sketchy. But. I liked Riordan's other stuff. You know, the Percy Jackson series and then Roman spin-off, Heroes of Olympus. I think I made the right choice. Maybe. This story kind of runs along the same vein as the other two series. Kids with no idea that they are descended from gods...need to save the world. The twist (if yo 3.5 stars I picked this out for the same lazy reason that I read the graphic version of Ender's Game. I did't really want to fool with the book, because the reviews were sort of sketchy. But. I liked Riordan's other stuff. You know, the Percy Jackson series and then Roman spin-off, Heroes of Olympus. I think I made the right choice. Maybe. This story kind of runs along the same vein as the other two series. Kids with no idea that they are descended from gods...need to save the world. The twist (if you can truly call it that) is that these guys are the decedents of pharaohs, and the Egyptian gods inhabited the bodies of their ancestors. So it was more of a symbiotic thing, and not a You're-A-Godling thing. It's the little things, right? The plot? Percy Jackson with Egyptian gods and a sister. Ta-da! I'm not making fun of it, but that's pretty much it in a nutshell. I did enjoy reading this, and I thought that Orpheus Collar did an excellent job turning this into a pretty comprehensive graphic novel. At least, I'm assuming he did, since I've obviously never read the actual book. This would be great for a reluctant young reader...or even just a lazy older one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Helen 2.0

    Great art! Sadie's expressions were the perfect mix of apathy and sarcasm. The graphic novel's story left out much of the fluff and humor of the written version, which I understand was a necessary evil to keep the graphic version as short and condensed as it was. However because of the necessary cuts I would recommend the graphic novel only to those seeking to reread the series; if you've never read the Kane Chronicles the written version is a better way to start and will make you laugh like cra Great art! Sadie's expressions were the perfect mix of apathy and sarcasm. The graphic novel's story left out much of the fluff and humor of the written version, which I understand was a necessary evil to keep the graphic version as short and condensed as it was. However because of the necessary cuts I would recommend the graphic novel only to those seeking to reread the series; if you've never read the Kane Chronicles the written version is a better way to start and will make you laugh like crazy. I love love love Anubis but have to keep reminding myself that Sadie is twelve! Considering that I feel so creepy when I ship her with anyone! One annoying aspect of the plot I was reminded of is the way side characters are always sacrificing themselves to allow Sadie and Carter to go on with their quest. Some characters, like Amos and Bast, were involved in several scenes where a big bad monster is about to kill the gang and Amos/Bast/whoever says something along the lines of "go on without me- I've got this!" and then gets into a fight that will very likely get him/her killed. That's a nice sentiment, but I would have liked to see Sadie and Carter fight their own battles. It also came off like the "Fly, you fools!" scene from the Fellowship of the Ring on repeat.

  3. 3 out of 5

    Devann

    I thought this was a much better adaptation than the Percy Jackson comics simply because they actually took their time and used those 60 extra pages so it didn't feel like you were rushing through every major plot point. I'm still kind of baffled by the art because the faces are just really bad at times, but overall I thought this was a really great adaptation and definitely a fun quick read if you want to refresh yourself on what happened in the novel [although as always I definitely recommend I thought this was a much better adaptation than the Percy Jackson comics simply because they actually took their time and used those 60 extra pages so it didn't feel like you were rushing through every major plot point. I'm still kind of baffled by the art because the faces are just really bad at times, but overall I thought this was a really great adaptation and definitely a fun quick read if you want to refresh yourself on what happened in the novel [although as always I definitely recommend reading the novel first].

  4. 3 out of 5

    Ivy

    5 stars Very good comic book. Liked the fact that the story is revolving around Egyptian mythology. Also liked the main charcters, Carter and Sadie Kane. Can't wait to read more of the Kane Chronicles books!!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Now I remember why I love this series so much! This art was beautiful and very well done, story is amazing. I just love this Egyptian mythology and Kane Chronicles ❤ It's hard to imagine these characters so young so in my head they are few years older xD

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nancy The book junkie

    Rating: 3.75/5 Review to come!

  7. 3 out of 5

    David Caldwell

    A graphic adaptation of the first novel in the Kane Chronicles.The Kane children find out that they are descended from the pharoahs of Egypt.Because of this they can use Egyptian magic and even summon the Egyptian gods.They must use these new powers to fight and stop Set from destroying North America and they only have a few days to do it. As with any graphic novel you trade detailed writing for a visual telling of the story.So how good it is depends on two factors.The first is the artwork of cou A graphic adaptation of the first novel in the Kane Chronicles.The Kane children find out that they are descended from the pharoahs of Egypt.Because of this they can use Egyptian magic and even summon the Egyptian gods.They must use these new powers to fight and stop Set from destroying North America and they only have a few days to do it. As with any graphic novel you trade detailed writing for a visual telling of the story.So how good it is depends on two factors.The first is the artwork of course.The second is how close the adaptation is to the original material The artwork is fairly realistic and has enough detail that it isn't generic.Some aspects are exaggerated at times but never enough to make it appear cartoonish.The story is faithful to the novel. This would be good for any fan of Rick Riordan

  8. 3 out of 5

    Booknut

    Man, this looks A-MA-ZING!! As long as they stay true to the descriptions (and make Anubis as hot as I imagine him to be :D) I'm sure it'll be great!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    Actual Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars. The first graphic novelisation of Papa Rick's most underrated series. It was definitely a pleasure to revisit this story and be able to visualise it all! I appreciate Sadie and Carter Kane and the rest of the cast of characters just as much or maybe even more than the first time I read this series. The art style worked well with the story and this graphic novelisation didn't leave too much of the original source material out. This was an overall great experience, Actual Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars. The first graphic novelisation of Papa Rick's most underrated series. It was definitely a pleasure to revisit this story and be able to visualise it all! I appreciate Sadie and Carter Kane and the rest of the cast of characters just as much or maybe even more than the first time I read this series. The art style worked well with the story and this graphic novelisation didn't leave too much of the original source material out. This was an overall great experience, I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the graphic novels.

  10. 3 out of 5

    Kushnuma

    This is the first in the series. I enjoyed reading this, although some parts were different to the book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Read this review and more on my blog. This is the graphic novel adaptation of The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan. Set around Egyptian mythology, this graphic novel is a very accurate adaptation of the original novel. The art style was better than not, with the actual adaptation of the novel not being the clearest at times (the novel is written as an audiobook. Read the novel, you will understand what I mean). Once I had figured out how they adapted the mixed narration style of Sadie and Carter Kane, T Read this review and more on my blog. This is the graphic novel adaptation of The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan. Set around Egyptian mythology, this graphic novel is a very accurate adaptation of the original novel. The art style was better than not, with the actual adaptation of the novel not being the clearest at times (the novel is written as an audiobook. Read the novel, you will understand what I mean). Once I had figured out how they adapted the mixed narration style of Sadie and Carter Kane, The Red Pyramid was visually how I imagined the novel. The characters facial expressions were spot on, as well as hinting to things that had to be explained in the novel with just a look in this graphic novel adaptation. The lettering (the boxes and speech bubbles in case you were wondering) could and probably should have been done clearer. Like I said earlier, both Carter and Sadie were narrating the story and constantly interrupting each other in the novel and it was not obvious to me that they had changed who was narrating. I could imagine someone who had not read the novel getting completely confused about this. I would recommend that you read the novel before you read this graphic novel so that you do not get confused with the events of the story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I'm very glad that I chose to read the 192-page graphic novel over the 516-page tome of this book. Because, while the story was interesting enough, it was very much a dump of Egyptian mythology, and I have no idea what was really going on or who most of the Gods were. Perhaps this would have been a better read if I were familiar with the mythology? The art was pretty, and I think that helped hold my attention and keep me reading through the story.

  13. 3 out of 5

    kim hannah

    I read this with the actual novel. Just putting an image with the names.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Allie

    There were a few scenes from the book that I wish they'd included as I saw them as pretty important parts, and I wasn't a fan of a couple of details that were changed, but all in all, it was a good adaptation! I absolutely loved the little easter eggs they put in there, (view spoiler)[*cough* Riordano's Pizza and Sadie's Camp Half-Blood shirt *cough* (hide spoiler)] , and the artwork was amazing! I'm really excited to see how the next one is!

  15. 3 out of 5

    Emily

    I read the novel version of this and really enjoyed it, as I do most Riordan books, but I found the graphic novel version suuuuper confusing. I don't remember feeling this way after the novel, but it's been a while since I read it. It just didn't translate well as a graphic novel, for me at least, but I did really like the artwork.

  16. 3 out of 5

    Larissa ☾

    I can usually get through a graphic novel in a day, even in 3 hours, but I couldn’t get through this one without forcing myself to just finish it! It took me 16 days ☹ I liked it, but I wasn’t into it like I was into the Olympian series. I still want to read the book because I’m sure I missed a lot of details and dialogue. I can usually get through a graphic novel in a day, even in 3 hours, but I couldn’t get through this one without forcing myself to just finish it! It took me 16 days ☹️ I liked it, but I wasn’t into it like I was into the Olympian series. I still want to read the book because I’m sure I missed a lot of details and dialogue.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Arin ⭐

    This was...okay. The graphics were great, though I did picture some of the characters very differently. I felt that some very important scenes from the original book were left out of this, however, and that is what truly ruined this graphic novel for me.

  18. 3 out of 5

    André

    Okay, the characters may be a little different from what I imagined but still I think this is a graphic novel goodly done

  19. 3 out of 5

    LunaLovegood

    It was good, but they messed the story line up a bit and some pictures just look WRONG.

  20. 3 out of 5

    Helen Tran

    I loved the Kane Chronicles and was disappointed to see that The Shadow Serpent was the last book in the series so that Rick Riordan could continue the Percy Jackson series, which also is a good series. When i found that this book was coming out, I bought it, eager to read. Although I had read the Red Pyramid rather a long time ago, I still remembered the plot. The drawings and images were greatly done and really portrayed the feelings and emotions of the character through their facial expression I loved the Kane Chronicles and was disappointed to see that The Shadow Serpent was the last book in the series so that Rick Riordan could continue the Percy Jackson series, which also is a good series. When i found that this book was coming out, I bought it, eager to read. Although I had read the Red Pyramid rather a long time ago, I still remembered the plot. The drawings and images were greatly done and really portrayed the feelings and emotions of the character through their facial expressions. Since that is part of the point of graphic novels, I also loved the fact that it gave more insight of the character's thoughts in this book. There were some thoughts never mentioned in the book but were mentioned in the graphic novel. However, some parts of the graphic novel were not aligned to the story plot of The Red Pyramid book, which was kind of disappointing because even with our big imaginations, we sometimes wish we had a visual of what is going on in big books like this one. Nevertheless, it was really nice because it not only showed the thoughts and story, but also insight of the characters that we've never seen before. For example, when the 2 main characters go with their dad to a Egyptian museum, the curator there greets them and since Carter, one of the main characters is black, like his dad, Sadie is not recognized as part of their family because she isn't black. But she feels insulted and this is portrayed by having a frown in response and a thought box that said something like "Great, you finally realized." My rate for this book was 4 out of 5 stars because although it was a great book, it was not aligned to the book plot. Many readers would feel the same about this is a movie came out and it is nothing like the book based version. For example, the Insurgent trailer came out recently. I had also recently skimmed through Insurgent to get a idea of the plot as i did not read this book since last year. The trailer was very attracting and very suspenseful, but the issue was that HALF THE TRAILER WAS NOT ALIGNED TO THE BOOK. Link to trailer below: www.youtube.com/watch?v=suZcGoRLXkU This is how I feel and this is why i gave this book a 4

  21. 5 out of 5

    Noe

    I liked the storyline a lot, but a lot of little art errors kind of took away from it in some areas. (Such as face/mouth anatomy errors, bulging eyes, front-view mouths on 3/4 view figures, and the use of non-drawn elements photoshopped onto other drawn elements in a way that was quite noticeable.) There were times where I could easily tell that some elements were photoshopped in, such as the sand circles, it was clearly slapped on and only partially erased around the square corners. Or the cerea I liked the storyline a lot, but a lot of little art errors kind of took away from it in some areas. (Such as face/mouth anatomy errors, bulging eyes, front-view mouths on 3/4 view figures, and the use of non-drawn elements photoshopped onto other drawn elements in a way that was quite noticeable.) There were times where I could easily tell that some elements were photoshopped in, such as the sand circles, it was clearly slapped on and only partially erased around the square corners. Or the cereal box towards the start of the book where it was just a logo slapped over a drawn box in a noticeably different media. These things kind of took me out of the story for a few moments when I noticed them. I mean, it wasn't bad, just very noticeable. Despite the art feeling a bit inconsistent and having a few anatomy errors and the odd addition of non-drawn elements. (the maps, the cereal box, the sand circles, for example.) This was mostly as engaging as the print/novel edition and I intend to read the next graphic novel as well sometime soon. I kinda feel bad about critiquing the art instead of the story, but I didn't find a lot wrong with the story when reading it in graphic novel format since it was supposed to be a shorter format than the print/novel version. The art, is what I noticed most.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a great book and a wonderful way to start off the Kane Chronicles, though I was really disappointed to find out that Rick Riordan stopped writing the series only after 3 books. However, all the action and adventure in the text makes up for it all. The book starts off with 2 siblings, Sadie and Carter who see each other only twice a year. Their mother had been killed and Carter traveled around the world with his father, who is an Egyptologist, while Sadie lives in England with her grandpa This is a great book and a wonderful way to start off the Kane Chronicles, though I was really disappointed to find out that Rick Riordan stopped writing the series only after 3 books. However, all the action and adventure in the text makes up for it all. The book starts off with 2 siblings, Sadie and Carter who see each other only twice a year. Their mother had been killed and Carter traveled around the world with his father, who is an Egyptologist, while Sadie lives in England with her grandparents. One night, on Christmas Eve, when Sadie is supposed to meet her father and brother, Dr. Kane takes them to a museum, where he sacrifices himself to unleash gods of Egypt, taking the role of a host for Osiris. Set, the god of evil, was also released and planned on taking over the continent. Sadie and Carter, who hosted Isis, the goddess of magic, and Horus, the god of war, had to defeat Set and save their homes, friends, and family. But with the House of Life on their tail trying to kill them, and demons and gods trying to destroy them, their goal was extremely difficult. Luckily they had help from the goddess of cats, Bast, and a talented magician, Zia, who hosted the goddess of rivers, Nephthys. Eventually, they reach Phoenix and defeat Set by cursing him.

  23. 3 out of 5

    Alexis Barnett

    Once again Rick Riordan astounds me. He is truly an amazing and accomplished writer, and has written so many great novels and series. In this particular book, he wows us with another original plot and idea. Sadie and Carter Kane descendants of Egyptian Pharaohs of magic. They travel long and far on a quest, and learn many things about themselves, as well as the world, in modern day and when Egyptians ruled. Rick Riordan has done his research, he includes many real facts and stories, and even cha Once again Rick Riordan astounds me. He is truly an amazing and accomplished writer, and has written so many great novels and series. In this particular book, he wows us with another original plot and idea. Sadie and Carter Kane descendants of Egyptian Pharaohs of magic. They travel long and far on a quest, and learn many things about themselves, as well as the world, in modern day and when Egyptians ruled. Rick Riordan has done his research, he includes many real facts and stories, and even changes his vocabulary when switching between American Carter and British Sadie. And, OH, the surprises and plot twists, you never see them coming, but they always make the story even more interesting to read, and harder to put down. He has an articulate and unique voice that delivers the message clearly, and is able to illustrate so well with just words. I would highly recommend any of his books to someone (at least ten or older) who wants a thrilling adventure. Sit down with one of his books and there is no doubt you will enjoy the adventures you'll embark upon. Keep writing Riordan, and we will definitely keep reading your amazing work!

  24. 3 out of 5

    May

    Of Riordan's series, I much prefer The Kane Chronicles mainly because of the relationship between Carter and Sadie. The graphic novel is a faithful adaption of the book which I listened to as an audio. As a graphic novel, the illustrations are beautifully done and with nicely condensed text to make sure none of the key elements have been forgotten. My only complaint is the size of this novel which is more like a slightly enlarged manga-sized book as opposed to the traditional 8 1/2 x 11 book siz Of Riordan's series, I much prefer The Kane Chronicles mainly because of the relationship between Carter and Sadie. The graphic novel is a faithful adaption of the book which I listened to as an audio. As a graphic novel, the illustrations are beautifully done and with nicely condensed text to make sure none of the key elements have been forgotten. My only complaint is the size of this novel which is more like a slightly enlarged manga-sized book as opposed to the traditional 8 1/2 x 11 book size. As I get older and because I tend to read at night in bed, the text within the panels got a little difficult to read at times. But considering that is my only quibble with the book, fans of Riordan's series will flock to this graphic novel and not come away disappointed.

  25. 3 out of 5

    Stacey

    The adaption from the written novel to the graphic novel is not bad. As usual, quite a bit gets lost in shortening the story. Unfortunately, some of the missing pieces were plot devices I found interesting, or I felt went along well with the flow of the novel. In that case, the graphic novel feels a bit more rushed, and less well thought out. I would definitely recommend the read, though, whether you read the written novel or not.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Austin Phadoungsyavong

    The family need protect pyramid and destroy evil and same name like in history pyramid name person or old weapon that dangerous for kids but can yourself protect or protect friend and family when first training or try best warrior and magician pyramid but that story is real name history and fiction add another charter.

  27. 3 out of 5

    Parker

    Pretty good book. I LOVE graphic novels, and I saw this in the bookstore. The drawings are REALLY good, but I actually just prefer the real novel.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    need more plot based on characters , especially the romances

  29. 4 out of 5

    Noor

    Id give this 3.5 mainly because a lot of events have not been included and the characters were not how i imagined them to be

  30. 3 out of 5

    Ahna

    This book was great it got a little boring at the end ,but over all it was very good

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