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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Enter, Night by Michael Rowe
Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin
Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby
Heat Rises by Richard Castle
The Homecoming by Ray Bradbury
The Hotel Under the Sand by Kage Baker
How to Party with a Killer Vampire by Penny Warner
If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This by Robin Black
If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Last Night by Hyewon Yum
Listen to my Trumpet by Mo Willems
Little Bo in France by Julie Andrews Edwards
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart
One Moon, Two Cats by Laura Godwin
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Rise of the Evening Star (audio) by Brandon Mull
Sheep in a Shop by Nancy E. Shaw
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
The Southernmost Cat by John Cech
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Tales From Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan
Tell Me the Day Backwards by Albert Lamb
The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 04 by CLAMP
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 05 by CLAMP
The Watchlist edited by Jefferey Deaver
Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey
Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
xxxHolic 11 by CLAMP

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for The Throne of Fire

The Throne of Fire: 08/24/12

Link goes to PowellsThe Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan is the second of the Kane Chronicles. Carter and Sadie working apart and later together have do everything in their power to stop Apophis and awaken the sun god Ra.

It opens strong with Carter trying to liberate a magical item from a museum, only to have things go horribly wrong. It's a dramatic and funny opening but that initial energy and humor slowly peters out.

Although I normally adore Egyptian mythology, the pacing felt off here. The chapter alternate between brother and sister, just as the first book and just as the latest bunch of Amelia Peabody mysteries (by Elizabeth Peters) have done with Amelia's memoir and manuscript H (standing in for Ramses's adventures apart from his mother). Just as the manuscript H sections take a few pages to fall into Ramses's voice, so do these alternating chapters. It's usually the second of the paired chapters that truly feels like it's written by one sibling over the other.

In the middle there's also some teenage angst over girls and boys (depending on whom is narrating). The crushes are cute in small doses but they too get in the way of ever ticking clock. If Riordan wants to continue growing the romance of the Kane twins, I hope he gives a longer time line for their next crisis. It seems that every single one of his books come down to a two week timeline before the world goes to hell again. It's getting both tiresome and unbelievable.

Three stars

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