The Throne of Fire

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The Throne of Fire (novel)
The Throne of Fire cover.jpg
Author Rick Riordan
Illustrator John Rocco
Country United States
Language English
Series The Kane Chronicles (Book 2)
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Hyperion Books
Publication date
May 9, 2011 (hardcover
Pages 446
ISBN ISBN 978-1-4231-4056-6
OCLC 698117335
Preceded by The Red Pyramid
Followed by The Serpent's Shadow[1]

The Throne of Fire is a 2011 fantasy adventure novel written by Rick Riordan. It is the second novel in The Kane Chronicles series, which tells of the adventures of modern day fourteen-year-old Carter Kane and his thirteen-year-old sister - Sadie Kane, as they discover that they are descended from the ancient Egyptian pharaohs Narmer and Ramesses the Great. It was released on May 3, 2011. The book takes place roughly three months after the first book, The Red Pyramid. It is followed by the third and final book in the series, The Serpent's Shadow, which was released on May 1, 2012.


Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven't given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians. And now their most threatening enemy yet - the chaos snake Apophis - is rising. If they don't prevent him from breaking free in a few days' time, the world will come to an end. In other words, it's a typical week for the Kane family. To have any chance of battling the Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. But that would be a feat more powerful than any magician has ever accomplished. First they have to search the world for the three sections of the Book of Ra, then they have to learn how to chant its spells. Oh, and did we mention that no one knows where Ra is exactly? Narrated in two different wisecracking voices, featuring a large cast of new and unforgettable characters, and with adventures spanning the globe, this second installment in the Kane Chronicles is nothing short of a thrill ride.

At the beginning of the story, Carter, Sadie, Jaz, and Walt, are heading toward the Brooklyn Museum to "borrow" an ancient artifact.


  • Bast she is the loyal egyption cat god of Ra and Sadie's and Carter's protector that fought Aphophis.
  • Carter Kane: He is fifteen and was a host of Horus. Since he was eight, after his mother died, he traveled with his father, Julius Kane.
  • Sadie Kane: She turns thirteen in this book and was a host of Isis. She loves gum and has lived with her grandparents since the age of six. She has a stubborn and strong-minded personality, but is also caring and kind. She had a cat named Muffin later revealed to be Bast, the Egyptian goddess of cats, who protected Sadie in her cat form her until Sadie found out about the Egyptian gods. She prefers to be the noisiest thing in her environment. She also has a double crush on Anubis and Walt. Although having an English accent in the first book, after living in the States for a few months, starts to use an American accent
  • Amos Kane: Their uncle who is a very powerful magician, and is also a jazz musician. He used to be the unwilling host of Set.
  • Walt: One of Sadie and Carter's initiates at the Brooklyn House, which is a part of the House of Life that urges magicians to return to the path of the gods to battle Apophis. Walt is a descendent of the pharaoh, Akhenaten who exiled all the gods except the god Aten. Therefore, Akhenaten's descendents have been cursed and the more they practice magic, the faster it progresses. The curse causes its victims to die at a very young age. Walt suffers from this curse, and will die soon, unless he receives the cure Vladimir may hold. Sadie is in love with him.
  • Jaz: Jasmine, a cheerleader from Nashville, Tennessee, she is one of Sadie and Carter's initiates at the Brooklyn House. She is a healer. She accompanies them to the Brooklyn Museum to find a scroll from the Book of Ra, but falls into a coma after stopping the Arrows of Sekhmet when they were accidentally unleashed. She also gives Sadie a statue that is used to help save Carter from the bite of the monster they met in Russia. She comes out of her coma just in time to fight some magicians attacking the Brooklyn House.
  • Vladamir Menshikov: Grandson of the great General of the Russian Empire, Alexander Menshikov 18th. His nome is Russia. He has been (willingly) enslaved by Apophis. He tries to become the host of the Apophis to release him and let chaos rule for ever. Sadie and Carter go on a quest to stop him.
  • Zia Rashid, a fourteen year-old girl who is a fire specialist in House of Life. She was hosting Nephthys, a water goddess, which can be fatal for a fire specialist. The former Chief Lector Iskandar hid her in the Nile to protect her from Apophis and replaced her with a shabti to cover her absence in the first book. In this book the real Zia is finally awakened by Carter. It is hinted that she may play a major part in destroying Apophis in the last book.
  • Bes, the dwarf god, although very ugly, he has a fun, brave and great personality, he helps Carter and Sadie in their quest until his 'ren' is devoured by the moon god, Khonsu. Although Tawaret loved him, he preferred Bast who did not know of his true feelings and treated him as a brother.
  • Anubis, the Egyptian god of death and funerals, Sadie Kane appears to have a double crush on him and Walt. He gives Sadie some information about where the second scroll in and gives her a netjeri knife to "the opening of the mouth" during the babi and nekhbet chase.
  • Ra, the Egyptian god of the sun. King of all gods, and forced to exile a long time ago by Isis, the goddess of magic. He is senile in this book, as he had been essentially 'dead' for a long time. Carter and Sadie revive him in the Duat so he can stop Aphosis from swallowing the sun and taking over the world.

References to other books[edit]

While looking at the Empire State Building, Carter briefly thinks he sees a black winged horse. The Empire State building is identified as the current home of the Olympian gods of ancient Greece in Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson novels. The winged horse could very well be Blackjack from the Percy Jackson series.


Rick Riordan announced that there will be a sequel coming out on May 3, 2011.[2] The title, The Serpent's Shadow, was announced in a blog post by Riordan on January 13, 2011. The book was released worldwide on May 3, 2011. A preview was published in USA Today.[3]

The Serpent's Shadow debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List on May 22 at #1, and has held that spot as of the week of June 12.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Kirkus Reviews reviewed the episode positively, writing, "This volume begins so thunderously that the narrators seem more like frenetic tour guides than friendly companions, pulling readers along at a breakneck pace. Riordan supplies them with his trademark wisecracking voice and explores themes of power, responsibility, family, love and loyalty as the tale hurtles along."[5]


  1. ^ Rick Riordan (January 9, 2012). "The Serpent's Shadow". The official blog for author Rick Riordan. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Riordan, Rick (November 12, 2010). "The Throne of Fire". Myth & Mystery. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Riordan, Rick (January 13, 2011). "The Throne of Fire". Myth & Mystery. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Children's Chapter Books". The New York Times (The New York Times Bestseller List). 12 June 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Throne of Fire". Kirkus Reviews. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 

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