Characters: The Kane Chronicles
Characters who appear in The Kane Chronicles.Beware of unmarked spoilers.
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Carter KaneOne of the main characters and the eldest child of Julius and Ruby Kane. Is very knowledgeable of Egyptian myths and artifacts and shows enhanced skills in combat. In The Red Pyramid, he becomes the host of Horus, although the god departs from his body by the end of the book.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Towards the end of "The Serpent's Shadow."
- Badass Boast: "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."
- Badass Bookworm: Knows a lot about Ancient Egypt and its myths, as he traveled with his dad for half his life. Sadie often teases him about this. Despite all of this, however, he is very capable of kicking your ass with little more than a curved sword (or his magic combat avatar).
- Black and Nerdy: Well, mixed race and nerdy, anyway. Sadie even calls him "Mr. Wikipedia".
- Brother-Sister Team: With Sadie.
- The Chosen One: Implied to be the one meant to claim the throne of the House of Life and restore it to greatness. He does become pharaoh at the end of The Serpent's Shadow.
- Cool Sword: His khopesh.
- Dual Wielding: The crook and flail.
- Fantastic Racism: Is on the receiving end of this from the police in The Red Pyramid, when the police assume that Carter is an accomplice in his father's "crime", because of his race. Bonus points since Sadie, his sister who looks white, is labeled as simply "troubled".
- Homeschooled Kids: Spent six years of his life being homeschooled by his dad. Carries some of it over to when he becomes a teacher. School was over for him when his dad was satisfied, so school is over for his pupils when they perform to his satisfaction as well.
- Kid Hero: Is only fourteen when he becomes a magician. He's fifteen when he becomes pharaoh.
- Promoted To Parent: In the Brooklyn House.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Originally only wears pressed dress shirts and trousers. Sadie thinks it just makes him look like an old man.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Sadie.
- Socially-Awkward Hero: When it comes to romantic issues, at least.
- Stock Superpowers: When channeling Horus's abilities.
- Super Mode: Horus' combat avatar.
- You Killed My Father: Set killed his father.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Especially if you hurt Zia. When he thinks she's died, he momentarily blacks out and when he comes to, Apophis itself has three huge gash marks, courtesy of yours truly.
Sadie KaneOne of the main characters and the younger sister of Carter. Has the ability to read hieroglyphs with ease and can open portals despite her lack of training thanks to the presence of Isis. In The Red Pyramid, she becomes the host of Isis, although the goddess departs from her body by the end of the book.
- Action Girl: Even though she doesn't fight with a sword, she still takes on two gods and comes out on top without Carter's help.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Carter does consider her to be annoying.
- Book Dumb: She may be able to read Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, but leaves the fact-checking to Carter.
- Boots of Toughness: Rarely seen without her combat boots.
- Brother-Sister Team: With Carter.
- But Not Too Foreign: Looks quite like her white mother, despite being half-black.
- Deadpan Snarker: Constantly. If Sadie isn't making fun at someone's expense, then you know things are serious.
- I Know Your Ren: Carter's, but only to save him from dying of poison.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Is often sarcastic, rebellious and is not afraid when it comes to breaking rules. But that said she is always willing to put her friends and family first beforehand.
- Kid Hero: Sadie is twelve when she becomes a magician.
- Love Triangle: Between she, Walt, and Anubis. Eventually resolved when Walt becomes Anubis's host.
- Motor Mouth: Characters always comment on how she never stops talking, especially in The Serpent's Shadow.
- Official Couple: With Walt/Anubis.
- Perky Goth
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Isis's blue, being quite hot-tempered in contrast to Isis's calmer and more calculating demeanor.
- Shipper on Deck: Supports Carter/Zia.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Carter.
- Talk About the Weather: Does this once while traveling in the desert with Walt.
- Tsundere: Type A.
- You Killed My Father: Set killed her father.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has streaks of colors from red to purple in her hair, depending on the book.
Amos KaneThe brother of Julius Kane and the uncle of Carter and Sadie. By the end of The Throne of Fire, he becomes the Chief Lector of the House of Life.
- Badass Bookworm
- Big Good: Takes this role when he becomes the Chief Lector.
- Fighting from the Inside: Is Set's unwilling host in part of The Red Pyramid, and tries to warn Carter and Sadie by using chaos magic.
- Mentor Archetype
- Mr. Exposition: Fills Carter and Sadie in on vital information in The Red Pyramid.
- Token Evil Teammate: In the first book, thanks to Set.
Julius KaneThe husband of Ruby Kane and the father of Carter and Sadie. He is the current host of Osiris.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: He dies while hosting Osiris, so they share the same body in the Duat.
- Badass Bookworm
- Distressed Dude/Parents in Distress: His capture and sealing inside a coffin by Set is what kicks off the plot, motivating Carter and Sadie to rescue him. Subverted when it turns out that had been his plan all along, in order to host Osiris.
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Killed Off for Real
- Identical Stranger: With Osiris.
- So Proud of You
- Together in Death: With Ruby.
- Team Dad: So very much.
Ruby KaneThe wife of Julius Kane and the mother of Carter and Sadie. She died prior to the start of the story when she and her husband tried to free Bast from Cleopatra's Needle. She was once a host of Isis.
- Damsel in Distress/Parents in Distress: In The Serpent's Shadow, her soul gets sucked into the Duat and she's held prisoner until Carter and Sadie defeat Apophis.
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Identical Stranger: With Isis.
- Missing Mom
- Posthumous Character
- So Proud of You
- Together in Death: With Julius.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: By the third book her looks are described as pretty much identical to Sadie's.
HorusThe falcon god of pharaohs and the sky. He was born on the second day of the Demon Days. Originally a son of Geb and Nut making him brother to Set, Isis, Nephthys and Osiris. Later reborn as a son of Osiris and Isis. Takes Carter Kane as his host, but departs his body by the end of The Red Pyramid.
- The Ace
- The All Solving Hammer: According to his own admission, his understanding of magic boils down to hitting the enemy with a sword until they're dead and repeating as necessary if they rise again.
- Deadpan Snarker
- The Hero: Expected to save the world from chaos.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His arrogance, tough demeanor, and demands of duties can be off putting, but he is a courageous warrior who fights for what is right and will stand by a friend.
- Lunacy: One of his eyes is supposed to be the moon damaged by Set.
- The Power of the Sun: A sun god with one of his eyes being the sun.
- We Can Rule Together: A non-villainous variation. Throughout The Throne of Fire and even at the beginning of The Serpent's Shadow, he often offers that Carter become his host again so that they can rule the gods and take on Apophis instead of Ra.
- You Killed My Father: Set killed his father.
IsisThe goddess of magic and motherhood. She was born on the fourth day of the Demon Days. Takes Sadie Kane as her host, but departs her body by the end of The Red Pyramid.
- Action Girl
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Poisoned Ra and forces him to abdicate the throne, leading to the current mess. She can be caring, but has a very deceptive and manipulative side.
- Brother-Sister Incest: With her brother Osiris, though this is explained as their different hosts - brother and sister, then husband and wife.
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: She's described to have prismatic wings.
- Hot Witch: A goddess of magic.
- Mama Bear: To Horus, against Set.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The calm, calculating blue oni to Sadie's more hot-tempered red.
- Woman in White: Typically wears a white gown.
BastThe goddess of felines. She acts as the guardian of Carter and Sadie.
- Action Girl/Badass: She's repeatedly shown to be more than a competent fighter—she did battle Apophis for thousands of years inside his prison, after all.
- Back from the Dead
- Cat Girl: She's the goddess of cats; what did you expect?
- Heroic Sacrifice: Banished Sobek and herself to the Duat to keep him away from Carter and Sadie.
- I Gave My Word
- Magical Guardian
- Super Mode: She has her own combat avatar.
- Team Mom
- Unexplained Recovery: Comes back from the Duat after sacrificing herself to defeat Sobek. This is handwaved as somehow being restored by the other gods.
BesThe god of dwarves.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Empty Shell: After getting his ren taken by Khonsu in the second book, he's left as this. Luckily, he gets better in the third.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the second book, he sacrifices his ren to Khonsu in a game of senet to buy the Kane siblings more time to get to Ra and revive him, thus ending up as an empty husk devoid of his identity. He gets better later on, though.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Can make himself REALLY ugly. It does a lot of damage.
- Nightmare Face
- Official Couple: With Tawaret, at the end of the third book.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Takes Bast's role as the god who looks after the Kanes in Throne of Fire.
- Team Dad
AnubisThe god of death and funerals. He often shows up to provide plot-relevant advice, and has feelings for Sadie.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Walt's Betty for Sadie.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: He's a pretty nice guy for someone who's in charge of funerals.
- Fusion Dance: He fuses with Walt near the end of Serpent's Shadow.
- Love Triangle: He and Walt both like Sadie. Who does Sadie pick? Both of them, technically, once Walt becomes Anbusis's host.
- Mad God's Handsome Son: He's the son of Set, the god of chaos and the Big Bad of The Red Pyramid.
- Mayfly-December Romance: With Sadie. Although he looks like a teenage guy, it's more than hard to ignore that he's a god and Sadie is a mortal human. This is finally solved in The Serpent's Shadow, where Walt hosts Anubis to survive his family curse and both of them are able to be with Sadie.
- Mr. Exposition: At times.
- Mr. Fanservice: Sadie repeatedly describes him as "annoyingly gorgeous".
- Troubled, but Cute
ApophisThe embodiment of primal chaos.
- Big Bad: Of the entire series.
- Chaos Is Evil
- The Chessmaster
- Demonic Possession
- Eldritch Abomination: Even being near him in a dream would have driven Carter insane were it not for Horus' protection. His actual physical form is that of a massive red snake with the ability to split the Duat into multiple layers and maintain a physical presence on each one and enough raw power to fight all the gods at once.
- Eye Scream
- God of Evil: Even the other chaos gods hate him.
- Kaiju: He's the size of the Great Pyramid when he breaks free near Cairo, and continues growing until he's the size of Cairo, which would make him about 25 miles long, if not bigger. Him simply moving around in the general vicinity of the city is seen as an earthquake by the Weirdness Censor.
- The Man Behind the Man
- Omnicidal Maniac
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: He is a snake after all...
GebThe god/personification of the earth and father of Isis, Osiris, the first incarnation of Horus, Nephthys and Set.
NephthysThe goddess of rivers, nature, lamentation, sleep, and night. She was born on the Fifth Demon Day and is the mother of Anubis. She took Zia Rashid as a host.
- Fire/Water Juxtaposition: With Zia. The main reason why Zia, a magician who specialised in fire magic, had to be kept in a coma because their polarizing elements took a toll on her body,
- Required Secondary Powers: Running water weakens the gods, allowing things like rivers to weaken their powers, for good or for ill. Not the river goddess, though.
NutThe goddess/personification of the sky.
OsirisThe god of the dead and ruler of the afterlife. He is the husband of Isis and father of the current incarnation of Horus. His current host is Julius Kane.
- Brother-Sister Incest: With Isis, though this is explained as their different hosts - brother and sister, then husband and wife.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Set's Cain.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In some ways, more so then his wife and son.
- Too Dumb to Live: Sadie questions his intelligence when viewing a record of him falling for Set's trap.
RaThe god of creation, rebirth, and the sun.
- Badass Grandpa: Becomes this after Zia hosts him and completes his resurrection.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Thanks to his long exile and incomplete resurrection.
- The Power of the Sun
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Willingly works with those who wronged him in the past and mortals without complaint and steps aside at the end to let Horus become king. FAR more reasonable than Zeus in Riodan's other series Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
- You Can't Fight Fate: His attempts to prevent his overthrow at the hands of Nut's children.
SetThe god of chaos, deserts, and storms. Famous for being Ra's chief defender against Apophis and the strongest warrior god.
- Affably Evil
- Big Bad: In the first book.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Is briefly mentioned to be blond in the first book.
- Cain and Abel: With Osiris.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Or as he sarcastically puts it: "You figure that out all by yourself? The god of evil is evil?"
- Cartoon Creature: The Set Animal.
- Enemy Mine: Later becomes a reluctant ally to Sadie and Carter.
- Evil Uncle: To Horus.
- Freudian Excuse: Wanted revenge against Isis for overthrowing Ra.
- Evil Versus Oblivion: Just because he's evil doesn't mean he wants Apophis to destroy the universe. Could also be seen as Even Evil Has Standards.
- Kick the Dog: When he doesn't help the Kanes kill a tjesu heru, a serpent monster, which later poisons Carter.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Very much so.
ThothThe god of wisdom, magic and writing. He's also know as Djehuti. He's the founder of the House of Life.
Zia RashidA magician and scribe of the House of Life and a member of the First Nome.
- Action Girl
- Badass Boast: "I am a magician of the House of Life. We are trained to fight gods."
- Defrosting Ice Queen
- Doomed Hometown: Her father opened an evil statue that killed everyone in the village but Zia.
- Official Couple: With Carter at the end of Book 3.
- The Power of the Sun: Specializes in this once she becomes Ra's host.
- Playing with Fire: Master of fire.
- Talking in Your Dreams
Walt StoneOne of Carter and Sadie's trainees and a charm maker. He's one of Sadie's love interests.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Anubis's Veronica for Sadie.
- Cast from Hit Points: As Walt casts magic, his death resulting from his family's curse will come quicker; this is why he prefers making charms.
- Fusion Dance: Fuses with Anubis near the end of The Serpent's Shadow.
- Gentle Giant: He's a tall Nice Guy.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Carter.
- Jumped at the Call: Is the first person to respond to Sadie and Carter's message.
- Official Couple: With Sadie.
- Marked to Die
- Nice Guy
- The Other Rainforest: He's from Seattle.
JazOne of Carter and Sadie's trainees and a healer. Her real name is Jasmine.
- Berserk Button: Don't refer to her as Jasmine.
- Healing Hands
- In-Series Nickname/Only Known by Their Nickname: She's only ever called "Jaz", not "Jasmine".
- The Medic
- Nice Girl
- Romantic False Lead: For Walt. Also counts as a Ship Tease since they do hold hands at one point.
FelixOne of Carter and Sadie's trainees, the youngest one there during The Throne of Fire.
- An Ice Person: Is this despite there being no known Egyptian god of ice and snow.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Sort of in terms of insisting on summoning penguins. Carter does note that it is annoying to have to transport said penguins back to Antarctica.
- Badass Adorable: Proves himself to be this.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: Believes this to an Up to Eleven degree.
- Hidden Depths: When in the Duat, Sadie notices Felix has an especially strong aura.
- More specifically, a strong purple aura. Seems insignificant until The Crown of Ptolemy, when Nekhbet reveals that Annabeth has a powerful ultraviolet aura (which Percy can perceive via aura-vision), and that this aura is how Nekhbet identifies her as a greek demigod. Perhaps it's only a coincidence...
CleoOne of Carter and Sadie's trainees, who acts as Brooklyn House's librarian and follows the path of Thoth.
- Action Survivor: She's a fairly impressive fighter when she has to be.
- Badass Bookworm: In spite of not having a stomach for fighting according to Sadie, she has proved to be fairly good at improvising with the spells she does know.
- Berserk Button: Don't threaten harm to any books.
- Informed Flaw: We're told that she's not much of a fighter, but the two times she does go into battle, she is very impressive. It's more a case of being Overshadowed by Awesome.
- Ms. Exposition: Is basically the person they go to when even Carter is stumped.
- Omniglot: Is fluent in multiple languages including Portuguese, Ancient Egyptian, and English.
IskandarThe Chief Lector of the House of Life.
- Cool Old Guy
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Played more or less straight, although it is due to old age rather than being offed by the villain. It still comes as a shock to Zia when she finds out.
- The Obi-Wan: To Zia who sees him as a Parental Substitute.
- Really 700 Years Old
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Seemed willing to humor the Kanes, even believe them, but he died before he could really help them. He did realize Zia's significance and arranged for her protection.
Michel DesjardinsA magician of French descent. He succeeds Iskandar as the Chief Lector.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Even after everything he has done, his death is sad.
- Face Heel Revolving Door: He wants the best for the House of Life, but his pride and temper sometimes get in the way of him realizing what that is. Settles on face after sacrificing his life for the Kanes.
- French Jerk
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Red Herring: The reader is led to believe that he's the host of Set, when it's actually Amos.
- Really Two Hundred Years Old: Magicians live long lives.
- Redemption Equals Death
- Walking Spoiler: Particularly after he makes his Heroic Sacrifice in The Throne of Fire.
Vladimir MenshikovAKA "Vlad the Inhaler." More evil then he sounds.
- Bad Boss: He isn't above sacrificing his own loyal servants to further his plans.
- Bright Is Not Good: He dresses in all white.
- Despair Event Horizon: After his failed attempt to revive Ra, he decided to work with Apophis to cause the world's destruction that he believes is inevitable.
- Devil in Plain Sight
- Eye Scream
- Facial Horror
- Jerkass: He tries to blackmail Sadie into working for him by promising to cure Walt's curse.
- Man in White: Wears all white clothing.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- Nightmare Face
- Omnicidal Maniac
Sarah JacobiOne of the rebel magicians' leaders.
KhufuAmos Kane's pet baboon.
Philip of MacedoniaA shabti that belongs to Amos Kane.
Liz and EmmaSadie's two friends from school in England.
- Bit Characters: They only get mentions in The Red Pyramid and show up for one chapter in Throne of Fire.
- Distracted by the Sexy: They're both left stunned at seeing Anubis for the first time, much to Sadie's irritation.
- Muggle Best Friends: For Sadie.
- Satellite Characters: The most that's known about them is that they're Sadie's friends.
- Those Two Guys: Girls. Their one appearance is together.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It isn't elaborated on what happened to them after they stayed behind with Sadie's grandparents once the final confrontation with Babi and Nekhbet is over.