Kane Chronicles: “The Red Pyramid” Mini-Excerpt and Book Cover (Part 2)

January 17th, 2010 by

As you can tell from my earlier post, I’m very excited about Rick Riordan’s new book series, The Kane Chronicles — especially now that they’ve released the book cover! So as promised, here is my obsessive-compulsive analysis/commentary on the book cover:

  1. Presumably that’s Sadie on the left, and her brother, Carter, on the right.
  2. Carter is holding is Khopesh sword (also called a scimitar), the Egyptian word for a battle-axe sickle-sword.
  3. Does Sadie have special powers in the series? The Egyptian symbols are coming out over her palm, which you can see in the animation!
  4. What is that building they are facing? It looks too small to be the British Museum mentioned in the mini-excerpt
  5. There is a giant serpent/snake (ewww…) surrounding Sadie and Carter and slithering into the building — reminds me of the basilisk from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
  6. Is the water tower significant? It wouldn’t be included on the cover if it wasn’t, right? Perhaps the setting for an action-packed scene in the book? Or am I reading too much into it?
  7. “The Kane Chronicles” crest is a set of wings with two snakes connected together. The oval piece in the center looks like a jewel to me. Or a jelly bean.
  8. Despite the title The Red Pyramid, the only pyramid shape on the cover is the outline of the triangle in the background. So I guess my literal interpretation was a little too obvious…
  9. Some of the symbols flying out of Sadie’s hands: an eye, an Egyptian, two types of bird, a large cat (lioness? panther? tiger?), a knife (or feather pen?), and what I interpreted as a boat or raft.

Well, that’s all I found… Leave a comment with your thoughts on the book cover!

— Nancy

34 Responses

  • Kristi(e) writes:
    January 18th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    I probably wouldn’t have looked at the water tower twice myself, but I tend to be oblivious about these sorts of things. Now that you mention it the prominence given to it (i.e., that it’s on the cover at all and has one of Sadie’s Egyptian symbols nearby) makes me think something goes down with the water tower.

    Great hypotheses!

  • Nma writes:
    January 23rd, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    I don’t know about the water tower i think its just part of the setting

    • Jacob writes:
      March 14th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

      I see Carter holding the package his father always carry’s “for good luck”, i think the briefcase thing is magic and somehow protects him.

      • mg writes:
        March 6th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

        the bag he is holding is his dads work bag or so carter thinks its actually his magic kit that has a wand staff pappyrus and a shabti in it

  • joe writes:
    April 11th, 2010 at 5:09 am

    i dont think it would be that important to the story, it might just have something to do with how they defeat the serpent . . . .

    • mg writes:
      March 6th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      they dont fight the serpent in the book the cover pic nnever even hapend the snake is the snake of chayos epophis

  • lewis writes:
    April 11th, 2010 at 5:16 am

    the water tower i think is insignificant to the story line . . . .

    • Nancy from Kidsmomo writes:
      April 26th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

      You’re totally right, Lewis. I met the cover illustrator and gave me the insider scoop — the water tower is just to indicate setting.

      • jalan writes:
        October 4th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

        for rea;l girrrlllll.

  • George writes:
    April 26th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I think the smoke/steam coming out of the tower might have something big! maybe a fire?

    • Nancy from Kidsmomo writes:
      April 26th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

      @George: Maybe! But I met the cover illustrator, he said that the water tower was not significant to the story line…

    • Carter Kane writes:
      December 8th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

      It is a true story and hi there is a play going to come out in december 20 about the book.Bye!!!

  • sasha writes:
    May 11th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I can tell you that the building on the warehouse has a significance in the story to carter, sadie, amos, and there dad!

  • Victoria writes:
    June 1st, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    The book cover is super awesome…

  • joe writes:
    June 1st, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    i read the story and the water tower is [spoiler]part of a battle which carter and sadie defeat a god[/spoiler]

    • mg writes:
      March 6th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      what no they never used it to defeat a god!!!!!

  • anonymous writes:
    June 8th, 2010 at 7:17 am

    is there a book 2

    • Karen from Kidsmomo writes:
      June 8th, 2010 at 9:47 am

      Not yet, but there will be! Author Rick Riordan has announced that Book 2 is coming out Spring 2011, and Book 3 is coming out Spring 2012. Just around the corner, right? 🙁

      • me2 writes:
        June 29th, 2010 at 6:25 am

        why isn’t book 2 sooner

      • Hahaha me writes:
        July 25th, 2010 at 1:40 pm

        So? What about the Kane Chronicles? Pretty soon the new Camp-Half Blood series is coming out soon!

  • some1 writes:
    June 13th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    i hope this series will be long coz i luv this book

    • Alexandra writes:
      January 3rd, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      Since it’s a chronicle it’s probably only three books.

      • mg writes:
        March 6th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

        no there is more than three i looked at the website

  • Ian writes:
    June 26th, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Isn’t that the 21st nome on top of the warehouse

  • John writes:
    June 28th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    This book is totally wicked, dude

  • rick_riordan_fan writes:
    July 23rd, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I hope this series is as good as Percy Jackson and the Olympians!

  • cody writes:
    September 23rd, 2010 at 11:01 am

    the book was better than the percy jackson series when is the new camp halfblood series coming out tho or will it

    • Karen from Kidsmomo writes:
      September 23rd, 2010 at 10:03 pm

      @cody: I agree! I liked The Red Pyramid even better than Percy Jackson. And yes, the new Camp Halfblood is coming out next month! Check out my announcement!

      • Hahaha me writes:
        September 25th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

        I actually liked the Percy Jackson series better.

  • lstupido12 writes:
    December 9th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    The percy jackson series is not as good as the heroes of olympus

    • Hahaha me writes:
      December 13th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

      I like them equally. I think that The Lost Hero was a bit hard to follow at times and didn’t include as much humor. But the plot line is definetly catchy. (I always misspell “definetly”. Sigh.)

  • alex writes:
    December 26th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    The building is Amos’ mansion

  • alex writes:
    December 26th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    this book was great, just like all of the other rick riordan books.

  • LILI writes:
    February 8th, 2011 at 12:44 am


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