The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid – Rick Riordan

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5 out of 5 stars

Spoilers ahead.

The Red Pyramid is the first novel in a children’s fantasy series by Rick Riordan first published in 2010. Following a similar theme to his other series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the Kane Chronicles follows a pair of preteen siblings as they discover that the gods of Ancient Egypt are very much real and that they are the next generation of their family capable of hosting the gods Isis and Horus. Having to learn how to use their new abilities quickly, it’s up to Carter and Sadie to not only save their father but also the entire world from the Chaos god Set.

Rick Riordan’s books never disappoint me, and this new trilogy looks set to be amazing.

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Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy

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5 out of 5 stars.

Spoilers ahead…

Written by Irish author and playwright, Derek Landy,¬†Skulduggery Pleasant¬†was first published back in 2007 and has become a staple among children’s literature since that point. This novel was the debut of Derek Landy and has spawned countless novellas as well as eight further stories in the series. It follows twelve-year-old Stephanie Edgley, a quirky and almost macabre child who meets the titular character at the wake of her recently deceased uncle. After inheriting her uncle’s mansion, Stephanie soon discovers Skulduggery to be an undead, skeletal sorcerer/detective, her uncle to have actually been murdered, and that he had been involved in many magical misadventures alongside Skulduggery. They are soon in a race against time to stop the forces of evil from collecting the ultimate weapon of mass destruction and save the world.

Though I said that this is a children’s novel, it doesn’t exclude other age groups from reading it also as it is a fantastically well balanced novel that even the eldest of readers can sink their teeth into.

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Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth – Rick Riordan

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5 out of 5 stars

Spoilers below

The Battle of the Labyrinth was first published in 2008 and is the fourth book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series written by American author Rick Riordan. It follows the fourteen-year-old titular character, Percy, as he returns to Camp Half-Blood to discover the secret plans his friend Annabeth had been involved in prior to the events of the previous novel, the discovery of former camper Luke’s plan to use the legendary Labyrinth of Daedalus to invade the camp with Kronos and his army of monsters, and the inevitability he and his friends would have to enter the labyrinth themselves to persuade Daedalus to help them instead of Luke.

I absolutely loved this novel.

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Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse – Rick Riordan

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4 out of 5 stars

Spoilers ahead.

Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse is the third novel in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. It was originally published in 2007 and centres around the fourteen-year-old titular character and his adventures as a Greek demigod in North America.

This book was good – it wasn’t perfect – but it was still pretty damn good.

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