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Carter Kane

One 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.

Sadie Kane

One 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.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: For American readers, this is the reaction they get when they first get to Sadie's chapter. The obvious difference: the narrator's freaking snarky; the second-most obvious difference: it's written in British English.
  • 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.
  • Dumb Blonde: Not actually dumb, though, just not by-the-book. She's also one of the few blond-haired characters in the series.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: While she's not foolish, she very much acts impulsive, which firmly makes her the foolish one to Carter.
  • Girly Bruiser: She is a boy-crazy, glamorous, emotional teenage girl who is also becomes a badass Action Girl.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: She's secretly resentful of Carter, because, being raised by Muggle grandparents in a stable London home made her life fairly uneventful and boring, while Carter got to travel the world with their father and endure some quite life-threatening but colorful life. When the Egyptian world invites her in, she immediately answers their call.
  • 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 her, 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.
  • Parents as People: Has the unfortunate luck of being in the receiving end of this from both parents, as, unlike Carter, she didn't have the chance to bond with either. Her mother died when she was little, while her father was unwelcome to be in her grandparents' house for more than a few days; the one time when he is able to, he is killed by Set and becomes Osiris. For that matter, before the series started, she was never close to Carter.
  • Perky Goth: Possibly the perkiest goth ever, if there's a title.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Sadie's maternal grandparents took custody of her after Ruby's death, while Carter went with Julius.
  • 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 Kane

The 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.

Julius Kane

The husband of Ruby Kane and the father of Carter and Sadie. He is the current host of Osiris.

Ruby Kane

The 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.



Tropes Applying to All Gods

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Subverted, only a couple of them appear in actually modern human forms or dress. Most of them appear in forms that would be relevant to their status as gods. This is probably because unlike the Olympians and Aesir, they've been sealed away for the last few thousand years.
    • Thoth and Bes are some of the few who play the trope straight, with the former being an eccentric college professor, and the latter being a speedo-wearing, limo driving dwarf. Note that neither of them were ever sealed.
  • Jerk Ass Gods: Not nearly as bad as the Greek pantheon could be, but many of them are very self-serving, and they aren't interested in working together unless actively forced.
    • Its implied that part of what causes them to act like this when they lack a strong leader, and once Horus (and later Ra) take the throne, they (for the most part) fall back into line.
  • Really 700 Years Old/Time Abyss: As with the other pantheons they're all extremely old, with Ra and Apophis arguably being the oldest beings in the entire franchise, having been around since creation began (Apophis possibly even predates that). Of course, due to what we now know about the nature of the gods, even this is dubious.

The 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.
  • Book Dumb: He openly confesses to Carter his strategy boils down to Attack! Attack! Attack! and his ignorance about the topic of shadows.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • The Determinator: When carter asks how long it took him to beat Set before with his aforementioned strategy he answered seven years.
  • 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.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: A blunt fan of brute force paired with the cerebral Carter.
  • 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.

The 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.


The goddess of felines. She acts as the guardian of Carter and Sadie.

  • Action Girl: 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: Brought back from the depths of Duat as a reward for Set's imprisoning. She can actually climb back out herself (since no god can truly die), but it takes a thousand lifetimes.
  • Cat Girl: She's the goddess of cats; what did you expect?
  • Disney Death: Expended her powers to fight Sobek, which causes both gods to fall into the depths of Duat. But she is given a quick passageway in return for the Kanes imprisoning Set.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Banished Sobek and herself to the Duat to keep him away from Carter and Sadie.
  • I Gave My Word
  • Love Triangle: Tawaret > Bes > Bast.
  • Magical Guardian
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: She held down Apophis for millennia. It's brought back in passing and is rarely mentioned again.
  • Super Mode: She has her own combat avatar.
  • Team Mom: She even refers to Carter and Sadie as her "kittens".
  • Unexplained Recovery: It's never explained how the other gods restored her, though it most likely involved finding where in the Duat she'd been banished too and hauling her back.


The god of dwarves.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: In love with Bast, but she just plays with his feelings. Meanwhile, he is oblivious to Tawaret's feelings for him at least until the end of the third book.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Alongside the Sunny Acres retirees, Bes assists the Kanes in fighting the army of Chaos. It's the first time that the trio meet after his ren was robbed away.
  • 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.
  • Gonk: His description is not flattering even when he doesn't activate his superpower. Then again, don't judge a book by its cover.
  • 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.
  • Love Triangle: Tawaret > Bes > Bast.
  • Nightmare Face: He's ugly enough on his own, but his trademark attack is to scare the living daylights out of his opponent by distorting his face hideously, thus making himself even uglier, and screaming "BOO!"
  • 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. He even sacrifices himself for the two later on, too, like Bast did in the previous book. Only the gods won't help the siblings to bring him back; they have to be the more proactive force this time.
  • Team Dad


The god of death and funerals. He often shows up to provide plot-relevant advice, and has feelings for Sadie.

  • Berserk Button: Don't hurt Sadie. Sarah Jacobi truly learns her lesson the painful way. Or maybe she can't, since she's now beneath the earth somewhere.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Walt's Betty for Sadie.
  • Disappeared Dad: His dad is Set after all. Thankfully, he gets Osiris as a substitute.
  • 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 Anubis's host.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Normally composed and calm, even easygoing at times. He flips the shit out when Jacobi knocks Sadie off the room so hard she hits the protective wall, which makes her disoriented. He proceeds to split open the earth beneath Jacobi, which swallows her alive.
    • He drops his playful facade when his father is around, too. Immediately following the scene above, Set praises him as being truly his son; he gets a cold "Shut up, father" for his trouble.
  • 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".
  • Nice Guy: Seems to inherit this particular trait from his mother.
  • Noble Wolf: Do remember that his true form is that of a humanoid jackal. He's also pretty cool and nice guy through-and-through (especially compared to his bad dad).
  • Official Couple: With Sadie.
  • Troubled, but Cute

The embodiment of primal chaos.

  • Archnemesis: Ma'at, who is the symbol of order. In practice, though, he is mostly known as Ra's bitterest enemy (since it's unknown whether Ma'at is a goddess or a mere concept in this universe).
  • Big Bad: Of the entire series.
  • Chaos Is Evil: Yes. Literally the embodiment of this trope.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Demonic Possession
  • Cessation of Existence: His ultimate fate. All components of his existence are destroyed by the end.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Even being near him in a dream would have driven Carter insane were it not for Horus' protection. One magician describes his voice "as though darkness could speak." The physical form he uses 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: Though in somewhat of a twist, he's given a legitimate reason instead of just wanting to do it for the hell of it. Creation literally pains him, things like the laws of physics are described as restricting him exactly like a human being nailed to the floor by the feet. He seeks to destroy creation so he can return the world to the primordial abyss he originated from.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: He is a snake after all...
  • Sssssnaketalk: He isssss given thisssss attribute in the graphic novelsssss.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: When Carter is collecting his shadow, he briefly sees things from Apohpis' point of view, and how the serpent views creation as a painful restriction on his freedom, and briefly feels sorry for him.


The god/personification of the earth and father of Isis, Osiris, the first incarnation of Horus, Nephthys and Set.


The 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.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She married the God of Evil — you can't do badder.
  • 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,
  • Making a Splash
  • Nice Girl: The only unambiguously good god of the main five.
  • Only Sane Man: The only one who wants to stay away from the divine family in-fighting. She doesn't have bad relations with anyone, as she's allied with the heroic gods while simultaneously being married to Set.
  • Opposites Attract: From what can be inferred on her sparse appearances, she's a very sweet and kind lady who willingly protects someone as per Iskandar's wish. How can she be attracted to the, erm, bad Set is anyone's guess.
  • 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.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Isis' tomboy. Isis practices, among other things, battle magic, and is the hot-tempered of the two. Nephthys, meanwhile, is very much a proper lady.


The goddess/personification of the sky.


The 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.


The god of creation, rebirth, and the sun.

  • Archnemesis: To Apophis.
  • Big Good: Once Zia hosts him.
  • Born-Again Immortality: Ra is pretty unique amongst Egyptian gods, since he grows older but a young and healthy host rejuvenates him.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Thanks to his long exile and incomplete resurrection. He gets better with Zia's help, once she hosts him.
  • The Power of the Sun: Obviously.
  • 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.
  • Scatterbrained Senior: When the Kanes manage to find him, he's very much not the picture of mental health, constantly babbling nonsense and drooling. He gets better once he takes Zia for his host.
  • Super Empowering: Apparently did this for humanity as a whole by giving them the power of Egyptian magic.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: His attempts to prevent his overthrow at the hands of Nut's children.


The god of chaos, deserts, and storms. Famous for being Ra's chief defender against Apophis and the strongest warrior god.

  • Affably Evil: Very much. He even makes jokes. Good jokes.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Seems to have this going on with Anubis for quite a while. When he gleefully greets him after the latter plunges Sarah Jacobi into the underworld, Anubis replies with the extremely warm "Shut up, father".
  • Big Bad: 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 semi-reluctant ally to Sadie and Carter because Apophis is rising.
  • Evil Uncle: To Horus.
  • Freudian Excuse: A fairly justified one: wanted revenge against Isis for overthrowing Ra, whom he was very loyal to.
  • 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.
  • Savage Wolves: His true form is a sort of a canine (not a jackal, which is his son's appearance. Set's canine doesn't correspond to any canine as we know today).
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Very much so.
  • Undying Loyalty: Played surprisingly straight. Despite everything, its made clear that he was fiercely loyal to Ra, and much of his hatred to his siblings stems from Isis' ousting of Ra. Turns out this is the entire reason he killed Osiris: he simply couldn't stand the idea of Isis's succeeding in making Osiris king after she overthrew Ra.


The god of wisdom, magic and writing. He's also know as Djehuti. He's the founder of the House of Life.

    Other Magicians 

Zia Rashid

A magician and scribe of the House of Life and a member of the First Nome.

Walt Stone

One of Carter and Sadie's trainees and a charm maker. He's one of Sadie's love interests. A descendent of King Tut.


One of Carter and Sadie's trainees and a healer. Her real name is Jasmine.


One of Carter and Sadie's trainees, the youngest one there during The Throne of Fire.


One 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.


The Chief Lector of the House of Life.

Michel Desjardins

A magician of French descent. He succeeds Iskandar as the Chief Lector.

Vladimir Menshikov

AKA "Vlad the Inhaler." More evil then he sounds.

Sarah Jacobi

One of the rebel magicians' leaders.


Prince Khaemwaset, son of Ramses the Great. A magician from ancient times who's spirit has managed to survive to modern times.



Amos Kane's pet baboon.

  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Baboons, specifically. He's very intelligent and helps the heroes out when needed.
  • Picky Eater: Will only eat food that ends in -o. Though he does later expand his diet to include anything encased in Jell-O.

Philip of Macedonia

A shabti that belongs to Amos Kane.

Liz and Emma

Sadie'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, and Liz gets mentioned briefly in Serpent's Shadow.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: They're both left stunned at seeing Anubis for the first time, much to Sadie's irritation.
  • Informed Judaism: Sadie mentions in Book 3 that Liz is Jewish and brought her to synagogue once. A Justified Trope since, after all, she only has one scene.
  • Muggle Best Friends: For Sadie.
  • Noodle Incident: They got locked in the boy's locker room once. It's a Long Story, apparently.
  • Satellite Characters: The most that's known about them is that they're Sadie's friends, and that Liz is Jewish.
  • Those Two Guys: Girls. Their one appearance is together, and they're usually mentioned 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.


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