Since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.
One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.
Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them —Set— has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe - a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.
I have enjoyed Riordan's other young adult books, and I was not disappointed when I gave this one a try. My favorite thing about this author is how he crafts supporting characters-I liked Percy a lot, don't get me wrong. But I loved Grover. His commitment to his charge and great sense of humor made him a likeable character.
That said, I liked Sadie and Carter but found their characters a little one dimensional. It especially seemed that the author was trying to make them the exact opposite of each other, which ended up feeling a little fake at times. I did like their Uncle Amos-his character is intriguing to say the least. I also really enjoyed the use of Egyptian gods and goddesses. I am not as familiar with them, but Riordan sets it up so that you learn along with the characters.