I suppose the first thing I want to comment on was the voice which definitely made me raise an eyebrow. I admit I was skeptical at the idea of two characters taking turns on a tape recorder and this being the transcript. Honestly it worked quite well. There were rarely times where I had to look back to remember who was talking though it actually got easier to get confused near the end when Sadie was getting better with her Egyptian terms. It also made me really want to hear this as an audio book. I’m assuming they have two readers and I mean so much potential!
When people asked me what this book was about I said ,”Oh, it’s the guy who did Percy Jackson but Egyptian mythology.” I suppose this is a good way to kind of give an idea of why I’m reading it but not so much what it actually is. For one thing I definitely did have a tougher time with names because though I knew Greek mythology a bit from my time studying the Roman versions in Latin class I went into this knowing almost nothing about Egyptian mythology. Though I think I picked up a good bit of information along the way and honestly it makes me want to do some reading on Egypt.
Carter and Sadie are brother and sister even though they don’t look like it and hardly know each other. They have been separated since the death of their mother: Carter with their father and Sadie with their maternal grandparents. Then while they are together for Christmas eve their father releases five Egyptian gods and then the fate of the world rests in the hands of these two teenagers who don’t exactly even like each other.