A couple weeks ago I tried reading Rick Riordan‘s latest complete series, Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard. It didn’t go well. Despite that, I decided to give The Kane Chronicles a try. They were published before Magnus Chase, so I was hoping the cultural issues I experienced in those books would be absent in these.
I’m currently on book 3, The Serpent’s Shadow. Like all his other works, this trilogy follows teenagers as they interact with the world of the ancient gods. In this case, the Egyptian gods. I’ve actually been fairly impressed with the series. Several issues I noted in Magnus Chase, despite the cultural ones already mentioned, are not present in this story. It differs enough from the original Percy Jackson storyline that I don’t feel like I’m reading the same book twice. A big reason for that is the main characters, Carter and Sadie, are not descendants of the gods. They’re descendants of the ancient pharaohs instead. They still have to save the world, but the dynamics are slightly different. The level of research the author must have done before writing this trilogy is impressive. The story dives deep into the minor gods of Egyptian mythology, and he manages to tie them all together into an intermingling plot.
Despite enjoying the story, I’m still having trouble getting through the books, and I’m having difficulty pinpointing the reason why. Several things spring to mind, and my reluctance is probably a combination of all of them. I still find the writing style incredibly juvenile. It was fun the first time around, with Percy Jackson, but I think I’m just over it. I’ve outgrown Rick Riordan, and that’s not a bad thing. It just is. My overall concentration is another issue. I have a lot going on, and curling up with a book is just not something I want to be doing right now, which is honestly something I never thought I’d say. I also have trouble getting comfortable. Spending a whole day engrossed in a book requires a lot of sitting still, often in the same position, and that’s just not in the cards for me right now.
All in all, I’m glad I’m nearing the end of this trilogy. I’m also glad I read it. Reading new things will always be beneficial for me, professionally. It’s good to see how the people who made it do things, even if they do them differently than I would’ve done them. And it’s another story to float around in my head, giving me ideas and encouragement. So, it’s a good thing. Now I just need to knock out the last hundred pages or so.