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''The Kane Chronicles'' is a book series written by RickRiordan, about two siblings, Carter and Sadie Kane, who find out that they're descendants of Ancient Egyptian magicians [[spoiler: and also two lines of pharaohs]]. The siblings were raised apart most of their life after their mother died, Carter traveling the world with their father, famous Egyptologist Julius Kane, and Sadie living with their grandparents in England. They're brought together on Christmas Eve when their dad tries to "set things right." However, things go horribly wrong and the two are sent on a mission to save their father and stop Set, the Egyptian god of Evil, from ruling the world. The series consists of ''The Red Pyramid'', ''The Throne of Fire'', and ''The Serpent's Shadow'', released on May 1st, 2012.

A graphic novel of ''The Red Pyramid'' has been announced for May, 2012. [[http://rickriordan.com/news-events/recent-news/11-02-25/Red_Pyramid_Graphic_Novel.aspx See here.]]

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!! This series provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Sadie, Zia, Neith, and Bast. To an extent, [[spoiler: Tawaret]].
* AllMythsAreTrue: In this case, Egyptian and a hint of [[PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Percy Jackson]]'s Greek.
* BackFromTheDead: Carter and Sadie think their dad was trying to bring their mother back. [[spoiler:That wasn't completely true.]]
-->[[spoiler:Bast, as a gift from the gods, at the end.]]
** [[spoiler: Walt]] appears to do this, but he actually just hosted [[spoiler: Anubis]] at the last minute.
* BadassArmy: Set's army of demons.
** Sarah Jacobi's "hit squad" of magicians.
* BadassBoast: "I am a magician of the house of life. We are TRAINED to fight gods."
** Carter pulls off a pretty good one too in the first book: "I am Carter Kane! Blood of the Pharaohs,Eye of Horus! And now, Set- brother, uncle, traitor,-I am going to crush you like a gnat."
* BadassBookworm: Carter, Julius, and Amos.
* BadassLongcoat: [[spoiler: Walt/Anubis]] gets one at the end of The Serpent's Shadow.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Elvis was a magician.
* BigApplesauce: Amos' mansion is in Brooklyn. ''"[[PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Manhattan has]] [[GreekMythology other problems.]]"''
** [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Sequel Hook]] At the end of the series (it's a trilogy, if you didn't know), it's implied that the next thing the Kanes will be doing is investigating some "unexplained magic" on Long Island. Who do we know that practices magic on Long Island?
* BigBad: Set [[spoiler:thinks he is this in the first book, but is really a pawn of Apophis, the real BigBad]].
* BiggerBad: The Sea of Chaos.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Desjardins]] seems to be this at least once per book. Also counts as BroughtDownToBadass, as he manages to [[spoiler:[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu execrate Apophis]]]] in the second book.
* BodyAndHost: When a magician is being possessed by a god they are known as "hosts" or "godlings". Can have shades of [[BodySnatcher body snatching]], as the god is sometimes able to forcibly take control of their host's body.
* BookDumb: Sadie, much to Carter's dismay.
* ButNotTooBlack: While both Carter and Sadie are biracial, Sadie is described as having lighter skin and hair. Most people don't realize they are family when they first meet them.
* ButNotTooForeign: Sadie was born and raised in America until age 6, where she was moved to England to live with her grandparents. That said, she acts more or less like a native-born Brit, and her chapters are written in British English.
* BrotherSisterTeam: Carter and Sadie. Having been separated for around six years prior to the beginning of the story, it takes them a little while to get into the hang of things, but they do.
* CannotSpitItOut: Walt never manages to explain just what he and Anubis have been discussing but that's mostly Sadie's fault.
---> '''Anubis''': Couldn't get a word in edgewise?"
* CallingCard: In ''The Serpent's Shadow'', Apophis leaves the Egyptian hieroglyph for chaos wherever he destroys a Nome.
* TheCavalry: In the third book, [[spoiler: the elderly and mostly senile gods from the House of Rest, along with Tawaret and the newly restored Bes]] charge a horde of demons to rescue the main heroes.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: The Russian boy Sadie briefly encounters in the second book has important information in the third.]]
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Apophis. How much? He doesn't even ''appear'' until the end of the book and he very nearly tricks Set-a ''god of Chaos''-into blowing up the world for him]].
** Iskandar is the good version.
* CoolSword: Carter's khopesh.
* CrossoverCosmology: Although the book only focuses on the Egyptian gods, Thoth mentions that he gets mistaken for the Greek god Hermes and having meet him, and Amos mentions that Manhattan has its own gods, a reference to the Greek gods from PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians.
** Monsters also bite it the same way. Turn into sand upon their death but now we know why it takes a bit to come back.
** The Kane Chronicles also have something similar to PJO's [[InvisibleToNormals Mist]], causing monsters and supernatural items to be invisible or to appear as ordinary animals or objects.
** Moses also makes an appearance in the history hallway.
** At the beginning of The Throne Of Fire, Carter mentions that he's seen winged horses across the river in Manhattan.
** In The Serpent's Shadow problems from [[GreekMythology other gods]] are [[SequelHook predicted to come]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Sadie and Horus.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Zia, arguably Sadie
* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:Bast returning at the end]], but justified in that it was actually done by gods.
* DirectLineToTheAuthor: Each book begins with a note in which the author describes how he has received a recording, which he has transcribed as the contents of the novel.
* DivineAssistance: Horis, Isis, Bast, Bes, and on occasion, other gods.
* DivineParentage: Carter and Sadie, obviously. [[spoiler:The Blood of the Pharoahs.]]
** Kind of. [[spoiler:The gods prefer to take host from certain bloodlines with powerful magic that usually contain at least one pharaoh at some point in time or another. But it's unclear if the gods preferred them because they were pharaohs or if they ended up becoming pharaohs specifically because they could host the gods.]]
*** A bit of both [[spoiler: The greatest pharaohs were those capable of hosting the gods; so the gods preferred their descendants because they were strong enough to be hosts. ]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Julius is described as being bald, with a goatee. His last name is Kane. He ends up [[spoiler:[[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascending to a higher plane of existence.]]]] [[CommandAndConquer Hmmm...]]
* DreamingOfTimesGoneBy
* EldritchAbomination: Apophis, and to a lesser extent, the Set Animal.
** Physically, Apophis is a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever mile-long]] red snake whose presence melts people's senses, whatever that means. He can also possess people and at one point says he is everywhere.
* EldritchLocation: The Duat.
* EyeScream / FacialHorror: What happened to Menshikov when he tried and failed to awaken Ra.
* {{Expy}}: The series is very similar to ''[[PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Percy Jackson And The Olympians]]'', another series by the same author. One who has read both can easily tell that the characters are alike (apart from the same universe and the same writing style).
** You have a smart, but shy Carter as Annabeth. A BookDumb (but not stupid) and sarcastic Sadie as Percy (except she is more outgoing). Anubis also is the god of the afterlife as Nico is the son of the god of death and both lived...[[spoiler:for a very long time.]]
* FrenchJerk: Desjardins. [[spoiler: Although not so much when he execrates Apophis, thus sacrficing his life to to so.]]
* FightingAShadow: Shabtis can be used to create "stand ins" for real magicians. [[spoiler: The Zia after the museum incident is also one. The real one is hidden. In "Throne of Fire" she's saved from The Place of Red Sands.]]
** [[spoiler: You can also use shadows for more effective execration.]]
* FightingFromTheInside: [[spoiler: Amos, trying to warn Carter and Sadie that he was really Set's host.]]
* HeadInTheSandManagement: Desjardins spends most of the book following the [[HarryPotter Cornelius Fudge]] school of crisis management; eventually he graduates to merely DividedWeFall.
* HeroicAlbino: Philip of Macedonia.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: When Amos is freed from his possession from Set in the first book, he is so traumatized, he can't utter a single sentence. [[FridgeHorror Makes you wonder just how]] [[NightmareFuel Set managed to posses the poor dude.]] Thankfully, he recovers.]]
* HeroicLineage
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Bast, Ruby Kane, Julius Kane, Desjardins]]
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: The ''real'' Setne was a highly respected religious/political figure in Ancient Egypt, with several myths written about him in which he is the hero.
* IdiotHero: Sadie isn't nearly as dumb as other examples, but she's almost as reckless.
* IKnowYourTrueName: This is how the heroes [[spoiler:manage to enslave Set]]. Also how Sadie manages to [[spoiler: cure Carter of poisoning.]]
* IncrediblyLamePun: Set: "'The complete Set!' That's funny!"
** In the middle of an evil monologue, no less.
** In ''The Throne of Fire'':
-->"It's your best bet," [Bes] said.
-->"''Bes'' bet?" Khonsu chuckled. "Nice!"
** When they met in person, Sadie said Anubis was "drop dead gorgeous".
** Hapi pills in ''The Serpent's Shadow''.
* InsultBackfire:
-->Carter: (About Sekhemet) She's almost as annoying as you.
-->Horus: Impossible. No one bests Horus.
* InWhichATropeIsDescribed: Similar to Percy Jackson, the titles are like this.
** 'Men Ask For Directions (and Other Signs of the Apocalypse)' is probably the best of these.
* IGaveMyWord: Bast, promising she'd protect Sadie. [[spoiler:Led to her HeroicSacrifice]]
* KidHero: Carter, Sadie, Zia, and all the kids at Brooklyn House.
* LanguageOfMagic: It's Ancient Egyptian in this case.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Bes's trademark superpower is the ability to distort his face hideously to scare his enemies. It WORKS. GAH.
* MagicCompass:
** In ''The Red Pyramid'' Amos throws sand into the air which forms into an arrow pointing to Las Cruces. It even seems to tell him how far it is. Sadie apparently has learned something similar by the second book.
** In ''The Serpent's Shadow'' they find Apophis' shadow using the Book of Thoth, which Carter describes as a combination compass, tour guide, and farmer's almanac.
* MagicMap:
** In ''The Red Pyramid'' the ''Egyptian Queen'' navigates into the Land of the Dead via a map called ''Spells of Coming ''Forth by Day, a.k.a. ''The Book of the Dead''.
** In ''The Serpent's Shadow'' the First Nome is shown to have a map of the world showing clay figurines being destroyed as loyal magicians are lost. It's not clear if it's the map itself that's magic or the figures, but it could well be both.
* MaleGaze: Carter finds it difficult to look the overendowed hippopatamus goddess Tawaret in the ''face''.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Apophis]]
* MarkedToDie: [[spoiler:Julius knew he would be possessed by Osiris, and eventually end up "dead" as the host for the Lord of the Dead. Walt's family is also cursed to die young and using magic speeds up the process.]]
* MixAndMatchCritters: Bast, a cat goddess.
* MonkeysOnATypewriter: Actually ibises.
* MrFanservice: Anubis. Passages describing his appearance are worth rereading just for the beautiful mental image.
* NameOfCain
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: ''"The following is a transcript of a digital recording... Background noises such as scuffling, hitting, and cursing by the two speakers have not been transcribed."''
** In ''Throne of Fire'', characters "spewing lots of very creative curses" almost becomes a running gag.
** [[DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch He uses "bloody" like it isn't a very big deal, though.]]
* [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It Carter]]: [[spoiler: In the end, Apophis being destroyed also causes the gods to retreat, because of some sort of Yin-Yang system.]]
* NightmareFace: A heroic example in Bes[[hottip:*:[[CatchPhrase BOO!!]], and two villainous examples in Menshikov and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Face of Horror]].
* NoodleIncident: Carter and Sadie's actions while recording are often briefly described as such.
** Also, the "Spatula Incident," a past fight between Carter and Sadie's father and their maternal grandparents.
** And the time that their Julius punched his father-in-law in the face.
* NoSuchThingAsWizardJesus: Averted in another important religious figure- it is made very clear that Moses was actually a magician. On top of that, a comment from Bes in ''The Throne of Fire'' suggests that one of his miracles, the parting of the Red Sea, was something any magician from Ancient Egypt could've done.
** Although gods are manifestly real, AllMythsAreTrue, and Moses was apparently a badass enough wizard that he's the only outsider ever to best the House of Life, so it certainly be said to work anyway.
*** Additionally, it is implied that "other magic" is just how the Egyptians describe the power of foreign gods.
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler: Julius and Ruby, Carter and Zia, Sadie and Walt/Anubis, and Bes and Tawaret (although Tawaret is supposed to be the wife of Apophis...)]]
* OhMyGods: Averted as Sadie frequently says "Oh my God," and "God," throughout the book, but played straight with Bast and others more familiar with Ancient Egypt.
** Zia's preferred usage is "Gods of Egypt..."
* PowerTrio: Carter and Sadie along with Bast, Zia, Amos...
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: Sadly, most of it is a spoiler, but...
-->'''Carter''': [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya I am Carter Kane]],[[spoiler: Blood of the Pharaohs, Eye of Horus. And now, Set--brother, uncle, traitor--,]] I'm going to crush you like a gnat.
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: Both Carter and Sadie have ''ba'' trips, often seeing things [[NightmareFuel they wished they hadn't.]]
* RedHerring: Set tricks Carter and Sadie into thinking that [[spoiler: Desjardins is his host. It's really Amos]].
* RedOniBlueOni[=/=]SiblingYinYang: It can actually go either way. Normally, Sadie, being more brash in contrast to reserved and bookish Carter, clearly seems to be the red. However, Carter shows more of the impulsiveness seen in the "red" when in combat [[spoiler:partially due to being the host of the warrior god Horus]].
* RunningGag: Magic penguins and the elemental magic of cheese.
* SadlyMythtaken: In all fairness, most of the liberties taken with the myths were probably to make the whole thing less...[[{{Squick}} incestuous]], but there is one mistake: Ammit the Devourer should be ''female''.
** This is actually ''lampshaded'' in ''The Serpent's Shadow''.
* SealedEvilInACan: When Julius attempted [[spoiler:to summon Osiris, he released him along with his four siblings, one of which was Set.]]
* SequelHook: ''"Should further recordings fall into my hands, I will relay the information."''
* SharedUniverse: The references under Crossover Cosmology imply that the book is set in the same universe as the ''[[PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Percy Jackson And The Olympians]]'' series.
** WordOfGod states that they are in the same universe, and that the events of ''The Red Pyramid'' happen almost directly after the events of ''The Last Olympian''.
** Drew and Lacy, daughters of Aphrodite, go to the same school as Sadie and the other magicians of Brooklyn House. Sadie comments that Lacy mentioned their 'summer camp' that they attended. She also mentions investigating reports of magic activity on Long Island.
** A short story at the end of the paperback edition of ''The Serpent's Shadow'' is an outright crossover between the two series.
* ShipperOnDeck: Sadie, to Carter and Zia
* ShoutOut: To Percy Jackson, of course. ''"Manhattan has other problems. Other gods. It's best we stay separate."''
** There's also the incident where they meet Thoth, who complains about how he used to get confused with Hermes.
** Carter also sees a winged horse that he thought was an illusion because of the magic security system. This Troper doesn't think so.
** During a fight with some water demons in the Nile, Carter wishes to himself that he had the powers of a sea god.
** Also to ''Series/DoctorWho'' as one of Sadie's shabti was a thermos with googly eyes that yelled Exterminate! She was raised in England. Plus she mentions Jelly Babies later on.
** And the other other work that involves cows with lasers is Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt.
** Not sure if this is a proper shout-out, but Anubis wears Arcade Fire and The Dead Weather t-shirts.
** Sadie listens to the music of Adele.
** To {{Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}} "I am a magician of the house of life. We are TRAINED to fight gods."
* SoProudOfYou: Julius and [[spoiler:Ruby]] at the end.
* SummonToHand
* [[SuperheroSchool Magician School]]: The training of young magicians in the First Nome.
* [[SwordAndSorcerer Khopesh And Sorcerer]]: Carter and Sadie are starting to look like this.
* TalkAboutTheWeather
* TalkingInYourDreams
* TeamMom: [[spoiler: Bast.]]
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler:Julius(Osiris) and Ruby Kane]]
* TooDumbToLive: Quite often, Sadie thinks this of her brother, [[BookDumb rather]] [[IdiotHero hypocritically]].
* {{Tsundere}}: Sadie is just Type A all the way, especially around Anubis.
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler: Bast, in the end.]] Also....
-->Sadie: You got your ''head cut off''?
-->Isis: [[LampshadeHanging I got better.]]
* UnreliableNarrator: Each Kane sibling accuses the other of being this.
* WeirdnessCensor: Magicians use simple, easy magic to change the appearance of things from mortals, who see what they think is real.
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: Apparently certain parts of the Duat will melt puny human senses.
* YouMonster:
-->'''Sadie''': You're a beast!
-->'''Set''': Really? Me?
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''The Kane Chronicles'' is a book series written by RickRiordan, about two siblings, Carter and Sadie Kane, who find out that they're descendants of Ancient Egyptian magicians [[spoiler: and also two lines of pharaohs]]. The siblings were raised apart most of their life after their mother died, Carter traveling the world with their father, famous Egyptologist Julius Kane, and Sadie living with their grandparents in England. They're brought together on Christmas Eve when their dad tries to "set things right." However, things go horribly wrong and the two are sent on a mission to save their father and stop Set, the Egyptian god of Evil, from ruling the world. The series consists of ''The Red Pyramid'', ''The Throne of Fire'', and ''The Serpent's Shadow'', released on May 1st, 2012.

A graphic novel of ''The Red Pyramid'' has been announced for May, 2012. [[http://rickriordan.com/news-events/recent-news/11-02-25/Red_Pyramid_Graphic_Novel.aspx See here.]]

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!! This series provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Sadie, Zia, Neith, and Bast. To an extent, [[spoiler: Tawaret]].
* AllMythsAreTrue: In this case, Egyptian and a hint of [[PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Percy Jackson]]'s Greek.
* BackFromTheDead: Carter and Sadie think their dad was trying to bring their mother back. [[spoiler:That wasn't completely true.]]
-->[[spoiler:Bast, as a gift from the gods, at the end.]]
** [[spoiler: Walt]] appears to do this, but he actually just hosted [[spoiler: Anubis]] at the last minute.
* BadassArmy: Set's army of demons.
** Sarah Jacobi's "hit squad" of magicians.
* BadassBoast: "I am a magician of the house of life. We are TRAINED to fight gods."
** Carter pulls off a pretty good one too in the first book: "I am Carter Kane! Blood of the Pharaohs,Eye of Horus! And now, Set- brother, uncle, traitor,-I am going to crush you like a gnat."
* BadassBookworm: Carter, Julius, and Amos.
* BadassLongcoat: [[spoiler: Walt/Anubis]] gets one at the end of The Serpent's Shadow.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Elvis was a magician.
* BigApplesauce: Amos' mansion is in Brooklyn. ''"[[PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Manhattan has]] [[GreekMythology other problems.]]"''
** [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Sequel Hook]] At the end of the series (it's a trilogy, if you didn't know), it's implied that the next thing the Kanes will be doing is investigating some "unexplained magic" on Long Island. Who do we know that practices magic on Long Island?
* BigBad: Set [[spoiler:thinks he is this in the first book, but is really a pawn of Apophis, the real BigBad]].
* BiggerBad: The Sea of Chaos.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Desjardins]] seems to be this at least once per book. Also counts as BroughtDownToBadass, as he manages to [[spoiler:[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu execrate Apophis]]]] in the second book.
* BodyAndHost: When a magician is being possessed by a god they are known as "hosts" or "godlings". Can have shades of [[BodySnatcher body snatching]], as the god is sometimes able to forcibly take control of their host's body.
* BookDumb: Sadie, much to Carter's dismay.
* ButNotTooBlack: While both Carter and Sadie are biracial, Sadie is described as having lighter skin and hair. Most people don't realize they are family when they first meet them.
* ButNotTooForeign: Sadie was born and raised in America until age 6, where she was moved to England to live with her grandparents. That said, she acts more or less like a native-born Brit, and her chapters are written in British English.
* BrotherSisterTeam: Carter and Sadie. Having been separated for around six years prior to the beginning of the story, it takes them a little while to get into the hang of things, but they do.
* CannotSpitItOut: Walt never manages to explain just what he and Anubis have been discussing but that's mostly Sadie's fault.
---> '''Anubis''': Couldn't get a word in edgewise?"
* CallingCard: In ''The Serpent's Shadow'', Apophis leaves the Egyptian hieroglyph for chaos wherever he destroys a Nome.
* TheCavalry: In the third book, [[spoiler: the elderly and mostly senile gods from the House of Rest, along with Tawaret and the newly restored Bes]] charge a horde of demons to rescue the main heroes.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: The Russian boy Sadie briefly encounters in the second book has important information in the third.]]
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Apophis. How much? He doesn't even ''appear'' until the end of the book and he very nearly tricks Set-a ''god of Chaos''-into blowing up the world for him]].
** Iskandar is the good version.
* CoolSword: Carter's khopesh.
* CrossoverCosmology: Although the book only focuses on the Egyptian gods, Thoth mentions that he gets mistaken for the Greek god Hermes and having meet him, and Amos mentions that Manhattan has its own gods, a reference to the Greek gods from PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians.
** Monsters also bite it the same way. Turn into sand upon their death but now we know why it takes a bit to come back.
** The Kane Chronicles also have something similar to PJO's [[InvisibleToNormals Mist]], causing monsters and supernatural items to be invisible or to appear as ordinary animals or objects.
** Moses also makes an appearance in the history hallway.
** At the beginning of The Throne Of Fire, Carter mentions that he's seen winged horses across the river in Manhattan.
** In The Serpent's Shadow problems from [[GreekMythology other gods]] are [[SequelHook predicted to come]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Sadie and Horus.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Zia, arguably Sadie
* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:Bast returning at the end]], but justified in that it was actually done by gods.
* DirectLineToTheAuthor: Each book begins with a note in which the author describes how he has received a recording, which he has transcribed as the contents of the novel.
* DivineAssistance: Horis, Isis, Bast, Bes, and on occasion, other gods.
* DivineParentage: Carter and Sadie, obviously. [[spoiler:The Blood of the Pharoahs.]]
** Kind of. [[spoiler:The gods prefer to take host from certain bloodlines with powerful magic that usually contain at least one pharaoh at some point in time or another. But it's unclear if the gods preferred them because they were pharaohs or if they ended up becoming pharaohs specifically because they could host the gods.]]
*** A bit of both [[spoiler: The greatest pharaohs were those capable of hosting the gods; so the gods preferred their descendants because they were strong enough to be hosts. ]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Julius is described as being bald, with a goatee. His last name is Kane. He ends up [[spoiler:[[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascending to a higher plane of existence.]]]] [[CommandAndConquer Hmmm...]]
* DreamingOfTimesGoneBy
* EldritchAbomination: Apophis, and to a lesser extent, the Set Animal.
** Physically, Apophis is a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever mile-long]] red snake whose presence melts people's senses, whatever that means. He can also possess people and at one point says he is everywhere.
* EldritchLocation: The Duat.
* EyeScream / FacialHorror: What happened to Menshikov when he tried and failed to awaken Ra.
* {{Expy}}: The series is very similar to ''[[PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Percy Jackson And The Olympians]]'', another series by the same author. One who has read both can easily tell that the characters are alike (apart from the same universe and the same writing style).
** You have a smart, but shy Carter as Annabeth. A BookDumb (but not stupid) and sarcastic Sadie as Percy (except she is more outgoing). Anubis also is the god of the afterlife as Nico is the son of the god of death and both lived...[[spoiler:for a very long time.]]
* FrenchJerk: Desjardins. [[spoiler: Although not so much when he execrates Apophis, thus sacrficing his life to to so.]]
* FightingAShadow: Shabtis can be used to create "stand ins" for real magicians. [[spoiler: The Zia after the museum incident is also one. The real one is hidden. In "Throne of Fire" she's saved from The Place of Red Sands.]]
** [[spoiler: You can also use shadows for more effective execration.]]
* FightingFromTheInside: [[spoiler: Amos, trying to warn Carter and Sadie that he was really Set's host.]]
* HeadInTheSandManagement: Desjardins spends most of the book following the [[HarryPotter Cornelius Fudge]] school of crisis management; eventually he graduates to merely DividedWeFall.
* HeroicAlbino: Philip of Macedonia.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: When Amos is freed from his possession from Set in the first book, he is so traumatized, he can't utter a single sentence. [[FridgeHorror Makes you wonder just how]] [[NightmareFuel Set managed to posses the poor dude.]] Thankfully, he recovers.]]
* HeroicLineage
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Bast, Ruby Kane, Julius Kane, Desjardins]]
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: The ''real'' Setne was a highly respected religious/political figure in Ancient Egypt, with several myths written about him in which he is the hero.
* IdiotHero: Sadie isn't nearly as dumb as other examples, but she's almost as reckless.
* IKnowYourTrueName: This is how the heroes [[spoiler:manage to enslave Set]]. Also how Sadie manages to [[spoiler: cure Carter of poisoning.]]
* IncrediblyLamePun: Set: "'The complete Set!' That's funny!"
** In the middle of an evil monologue, no less.
** In ''The Throne of Fire'':
-->"It's your best bet," [Bes] said.
-->"''Bes'' bet?" Khonsu chuckled. "Nice!"
** When they met in person, Sadie said Anubis was "drop dead gorgeous".
** Hapi pills in ''The Serpent's Shadow''.
* InsultBackfire:
-->Carter: (About Sekhemet) She's almost as annoying as you.
-->Horus: Impossible. No one bests Horus.
* InWhichATropeIsDescribed: Similar to Percy Jackson, the titles are like this.
** 'Men Ask For Directions (and Other Signs of the Apocalypse)' is probably the best of these.
* IGaveMyWord: Bast, promising she'd protect Sadie. [[spoiler:Led to her HeroicSacrifice]]
* KidHero: Carter, Sadie, Zia, and all the kids at Brooklyn House.
* LanguageOfMagic: It's Ancient Egyptian in this case.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Bes's trademark superpower is the ability to distort his face hideously to scare his enemies. It WORKS. GAH.
* MagicCompass:
** In ''The Red Pyramid'' Amos throws sand into the air which forms into an arrow pointing to Las Cruces. It even seems to tell him how far it is. Sadie apparently has learned something similar by the second book.
** In ''The Serpent's Shadow'' they find Apophis' shadow using the Book of Thoth, which Carter describes as a combination compass, tour guide, and farmer's almanac.
* MagicMap:
** In ''The Red Pyramid'' the ''Egyptian Queen'' navigates into the Land of the Dead via a map called ''Spells of Coming ''Forth by Day, a.k.a. ''The Book of the Dead''.
** In ''The Serpent's Shadow'' the First Nome is shown to have a map of the world showing clay figurines being destroyed as loyal magicians are lost. It's not clear if it's the map itself that's magic or the figures, but it could well be both.
* MaleGaze: Carter finds it difficult to look the overendowed hippopatamus goddess Tawaret in the ''face''.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Apophis]]
* MarkedToDie: [[spoiler:Julius knew he would be possessed by Osiris, and eventually end up "dead" as the host for the Lord of the Dead. Walt's family is also cursed to die young and using magic speeds up the process.]]
* MixAndMatchCritters: Bast, a cat goddess.
* MonkeysOnATypewriter: Actually ibises.
* MrFanservice: Anubis. Passages describing his appearance are worth rereading just for the beautiful mental image.
* NameOfCain
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: ''"The following is a transcript of a digital recording... Background noises such as scuffling, hitting, and cursing by the two speakers have not been transcribed."''
** In ''Throne of Fire'', characters "spewing lots of very creative curses" almost becomes a running gag.
** [[DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch He uses "bloody" like it isn't a very big deal, though.]]
* [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It Carter]]: [[spoiler: In the end, Apophis being destroyed also causes the gods to retreat, because of some sort of Yin-Yang system.]]
* NightmareFace: A heroic example in Bes[[hottip:*:[[CatchPhrase BOO!!]], and two villainous examples in Menshikov and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Face of Horror]].
* NoodleIncident: Carter and Sadie's actions while recording are often briefly described as such.
** Also, the "Spatula Incident," a past fight between Carter and Sadie's father and their maternal grandparents.
** And the time that their Julius punched his father-in-law in the face.
* NoSuchThingAsWizardJesus: Averted in another important religious figure- it is made very clear that Moses was actually a magician. On top of that, a comment from Bes in ''The Throne of Fire'' suggests that one of his miracles, the parting of the Red Sea, was something any magician from Ancient Egypt could've done.
** Although gods are manifestly real, AllMythsAreTrue, and Moses was apparently a badass enough wizard that he's the only outsider ever to best the House of Life, so it certainly be said to work anyway.
*** Additionally, it is implied that "other magic" is just how the Egyptians describe the power of foreign gods.
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler: Julius and Ruby, Carter and Zia, Sadie and Walt/Anubis, and Bes and Tawaret (although Tawaret is supposed to be the wife of Apophis...)]]
* OhMyGods: Averted as Sadie frequently says "Oh my God," and "God," throughout the book, but played straight with Bast and others more familiar with Ancient Egypt.
** Zia's preferred usage is "Gods of Egypt..."
* PowerTrio: Carter and Sadie along with Bast, Zia, Amos...
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: Sadly, most of it is a spoiler, but...
-->'''Carter''': [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya I am Carter Kane]],[[spoiler: Blood of the Pharaohs, Eye of Horus. And now, Set--brother, uncle, traitor--,]] I'm going to crush you like a gnat.
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: Both Carter and Sadie have ''ba'' trips, often seeing things [[NightmareFuel they wished they hadn't.]]
* RedHerring: Set tricks Carter and Sadie into thinking that [[spoiler: Desjardins is his host. It's really Amos]].
* RedOniBlueOni[=/=]SiblingYinYang: It can actually go either way. Normally, Sadie, being more brash in contrast to reserved and bookish Carter, clearly seems to be the red. However, Carter shows more of the impulsiveness seen in the "red" when in combat [[spoiler:partially due to being the host of the warrior god Horus]].
* RunningGag: Magic penguins and the elemental magic of cheese.
* SadlyMythtaken: In all fairness, most of the liberties taken with the myths were probably to make the whole thing less...[[{{Squick}} incestuous]], but there is one mistake: Ammit the Devourer should be ''female''.
** This is actually ''lampshaded'' in ''The Serpent's Shadow''.
* SealedEvilInACan: When Julius attempted [[spoiler:to summon Osiris, he released him along with his four siblings, one of which was Set.]]
* SequelHook: ''"Should further recordings fall into my hands, I will relay the information."''
* SharedUniverse: The references under Crossover Cosmology imply that the book is set in the same universe as the ''[[PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Percy Jackson And The Olympians]]'' series.
** WordOfGod states that they are in the same universe, and that the events of ''The Red Pyramid'' happen almost directly after the events of ''The Last Olympian''.
** Drew and Lacy, daughters of Aphrodite, go to the same school as Sadie and the other magicians of Brooklyn House. Sadie comments that Lacy mentioned their 'summer camp' that they attended. She also mentions investigating reports of magic activity on Long Island.
** A short story at the end of the paperback edition of ''The Serpent's Shadow'' is an outright crossover between the two series.
* ShipperOnDeck: Sadie, to Carter and Zia
* ShoutOut: To Percy Jackson, of course. ''"Manhattan has other problems. Other gods. It's best we stay separate."''
** There's also the incident where they meet Thoth, who complains about how he used to get confused with Hermes.
** Carter also sees a winged horse that he thought was an illusion because of the magic security system. This Troper doesn't think so.
** During a fight with some water demons in the Nile, Carter wishes to himself that he had the powers of a sea god.
** Also to ''Series/DoctorWho'' as one of Sadie's shabti was a thermos with googly eyes that yelled Exterminate! She was raised in England. Plus she mentions Jelly Babies later on.
** And the other other work that involves cows with lasers is Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt.
** Not sure if this is a proper shout-out, but Anubis wears Arcade Fire and The Dead Weather t-shirts.
** Sadie listens to the music of Adele.
** To {{Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}} "I am a magician of the house of life. We are TRAINED to fight gods."
* SoProudOfYou: Julius and [[spoiler:Ruby]] at the end.
* SummonToHand
* [[SuperheroSchool Magician School]]: The training of young magicians in the First Nome.
* [[SwordAndSorcerer Khopesh And Sorcerer]]: Carter and Sadie are starting to look like this.
* TalkAboutTheWeather
* TalkingInYourDreams
* TeamMom: [[spoiler: Bast.]]
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler:Julius(Osiris) and Ruby Kane]]
* TooDumbToLive: Quite often, Sadie thinks this of her brother, [[BookDumb rather]] [[IdiotHero hypocritically]].
* {{Tsundere}}: Sadie is just Type A all the way, especially around Anubis.
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler: Bast, in the end.]] Also....
-->Sadie: You got your ''head cut off''?
-->Isis: [[LampshadeHanging I got better.]]
* UnreliableNarrator: Each Kane sibling accuses the other of being this.
* WeirdnessCensor: Magicians use simple, easy magic to change the appearance of things from mortals, who see what they think is real.
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: Apparently certain parts of the Duat will melt puny human senses.
* YouMonster:
-->'''Sadie''': You're a beast!
-->'''Set''': Really? Me?
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** A short story at the end of the paperback edition of ''The Serpent's Shadow'' is an outright crossover between the two series.
17th Mar '13 5:17:25 AM Austin
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* MrFanservice: Anubis. Passages describing his appearance are worth rereading just for the beautiful mental image.
21st Feb '13 5:56:25 PM Meshakhad
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* ButNotTooForeign: Sadie was born and raised in America until age 6, where she was moved to England to live with her grandparents.

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* ButNotTooForeign: Sadie was born and raised in America until age 6, where she was moved to England to live with her grandparents. That said, she acts more or less like a native-born Brit, and her chapters are written in British English.



* OhMyGods: Averted as Sadie frequently says "Oh my God," and "God," throughout the book, but played straight with Bast and others more familiar with Ancient Egypt.

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* OhMyGods: Averted as Sadie frequently says "Oh my God," and "God," throughout the book, but played straight with Bast and others more familiar with Ancient Egypt. Egypt.
** Zia's preferred usage is "Gods of Egypt..."
9th Feb '13 4:13:38 PM Tallens
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** In ''The Red Pyramid'' the Egyptian Queen navigates into the Land of the Dead via a map called ''Spells of Coming ''Forth by Day, a.k.a. ''The Book of the Dead''.
** In ''The Serpent's Shadow'' the First Nome is shown to have a map of the world showing clay figurines being destroyed as loyal magicians are lost. It's not clear it it's the map itself that's magic or the figures, but it could well be both.

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** In ''The Red Pyramid'' the Egyptian Queen ''Egyptian Queen'' navigates into the Land of the Dead via a map called ''Spells of Coming ''Forth by Day, a.k.a. ''The Book of the Dead''.
** In ''The Serpent's Shadow'' the First Nome is shown to have a map of the world showing clay figurines being destroyed as loyal magicians are lost. It's not clear it if it's the map itself that's magic or the figures, but it could well be both.
9th Feb '13 4:12:42 PM Tallens
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* MagicMap:
** In ''The Red Pyramid'' the Egyptian Queen navigates into the Land of the Dead via a map called ''Spells of Coming ''Forth by Day, a.k.a. ''The Book of the Dead''.
** In ''The Serpent's Shadow'' the First Nome is shown to have a map of the world showing clay figurines being destroyed as loyal magicians are lost. It's not clear it it's the map itself that's magic or the figures, but it could well be both.
9th Feb '13 2:28:10 PM Tallens
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* MagicCompass:
** In ''The Red Pyramid'' Amos throws sand into the air which forms into an arrow pointing to Las Cruces. It even seems to tell him how far it is. Sadie apparently has learned something similar by the second book.
** In ''The Serpent's Shadow'' they find Apophis' shadow using the Book of Thoth, which Carter describes as a combination compass, tour guide, and farmer's almanac.
30th Jan '13 11:00:41 AM Tallens
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*** Though Rick Riordan needs to pay more attention to his timelines and explosions. The Williamsburg Bridge is destroyed in ''The Last Olympian'', but Our Heroes drive over it in ''The Red Pyramid''. Possibly ''The Red Pyramid'' and ''Throne of Fire'' take place the winter and spring ''before'' the battle of Manhattan and ''The Serpent's Shadow'' the fall ''after''.
** In that case, does Sadie having carried a letter between Nut and Geb count as NiceJobBreakingItHero given the GaiasVengeance of the new Olympians series?
*** No, because the GaiasVengeance is with a goddess, not a god. The Greek/Roman gods and the Egyptian gods seem to be totally different people.
*** TheHeroesOfOlympus shows that gods can have different aspects in other cultures, and that [[WeirdnessCensor Mist]] keeps them apart as far as mortals are concerned. The Egyptian gods are probably extremely powerful monsters from the perspectives of the Greeks, but Nut, Geb, and their forced separation are almost exactly like the separation of Gaia and Ouranos. Apothis is rising, managed to manipulate even Set, and is trying to eat the world: why should he only be affecting one set of gods?
**** The Nut/Geb and Gaia/Ouranos separation isn't all that the same. Gaia gave her son (Kronos) a weapon so he could kill Ouranos. I don't see that happening with Nut and Geb. GaiasVengeance is because she hates the fact that the gods killed her children the titans. Other than that I agree, Apothis is probably the whole reason behind everything.
12th Jan '13 4:19:35 AM MHMhasf1998
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** Carter pulls off a pretty good one too in the first book: "I am Carter Kane! Blood of the Pharaohs,Eye of Horus! And now, Set- brother, uncle, traitor,-I am going to crush you like a gnat."
9th Dec '12 2:56:26 PM SeptimusHeap
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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous: Neith collects the pockets of her enemies.
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