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The Kane Chronicles is a fantasy adventure trilogy by American author Rick Riordan that was first released on May 4th, 2010. It follows the story of Carter and Sadie Kane, and their discovery that they are the most powerful Egyptian magicians to be born in hundreds of years. As the Egyptian gods begin to awaken, the siblings must fight the forces of Chaos in order to maintain Ma'at. The North American cover art is done by John Rocco.

This article is written from a real world point of view.


Rick Riordan, a former middle-school social studies teacher, stated that the idea for The Kane Chronicles originated from the fact the only more popular subject than Ancient Greece was Ancient Egypt.[1] The idea of having a brother and sister who were multiracial came from two siblings that he taught, as well as the fact that Egypt is an ancient multicultural society; however the European tradition has been to separate Egypt from African history.[2]


The Red Pyramid

The first book in the series details how the Egyptian gods came to arise, and how the Kane siblings begin to realize their destiny as two of the most powerful magicians to be born since the fall of Ancient Egypt. They set out to stop Set from destroying North America and possibly all of the modern world and to rescue their father who has fallen into Set's clutches.

The Throne of Fire

The second book in the series details the journey of Carter and Sadie as they search for the Book of Ra, which will allow them to find Ra and gain his support in the coming battle against Apophis.

The Serpent's Shadow

The third and final book in The Kane Chronicles series. It was released on May 1, 2012. It contains the final battle against Apophis.

Brooklyn House Magician's Manual

A guidebook about magicians and Egyptian gods. It was released on May 1, 2018.


Main Characters

Graphic Novels

Film Series

Paramount has purchased the film rights to the trilogy is set to become a series of films on Netflix.

Connection to the Camp Half-Blood series

Rick Riordan had stated that the Egyptian gods exist in the same world as the Greek gods.

In The Red Pyramid, when the Kanes reach New York, Sadie asks Amos why his house isn't in Manhattan. Amos explains that Manhattan has other gods and other problems. In the graphic novel adaption, when Sadie asks this, the Empire State Building can be seen in the background with a large bolt of lightning over it, a reference to Zeus and Mount Olympus, which is on the 600th floor of the building.

In The Serpent's Shadow, Drew Tanaka and Lacy were in BAG same as Sadie. They made an appearance in The Heroes Of Olympus series at Camp Half-Blood, a safe place where demigods like them can stay.

The two series officially interact in The Son of Sobek, a short story in which Carter and Percy Jackson (from the Camp Half-Blood series) team up to defeat a monstrous crocodile terrorizing Long Island. It was released on May 7, 2013, and followed by a sequel titled The Staff of Serapis, this time starring Sadie and Annabeth Chase. Both stories concluded in 2015 with The Crown of Ptolemy, featuring the characters from the first two shorts. The three shorts were combined in to a novel released in 2016, titled Demigods & Magicians.


  • The Kane Chronicles is the first of Rick Riordan’s series to be completed in graphic novel format.
  • The Kane Chronicles is, so far, the only non-Rick Riordan Presents series to not have a demigod play a major role on the main plot.


  1. Springen, Karen (5 November 2009). "Riordan Sets His Sights on Egypt". Publisher's Weekly.
  2. Farley, Christopher John (4 May 2010). "Rick Riordan's Gods and Monsters". The Wall Street Journal.
The Kane Chronicles
Core Series: The Red Pyramid | The Throne of Fire | The Serpent's Shadow
Crossovers: The Son of Sobek | The Staff of Serapis | The Crown of Ptolemy | Demigods & Magicians
Main Characters: Carter Kane | Sadie Kane | Ra | Anubis | Apophis | Bast | Bes | Horus | Isis | Zia Rashid | Set | Walt Stone | Setne
Secondary Characters: Julius Kane | Ruby Kane | Amos Kane | Vladimir Menshikov | Leonid | Sarah Jacobi | Kwai
Minor Characters: Michel Desjardins | Iskandar | Jasmine Anderson | Sean Ryan | Julian | Alyssa | Cleo | Felix Philip | Shelby | Khufu | Muffin | Mr. Faust | Mrs. Faust | Percy Jackson | Annabeth Chase | List of Characters
Egyptian Gods: Ra | Geb | Nut | Shu | Osiris | Horus | Set | Isis | Nephthys | Anubis | Sobek | Bast | Thoth | Serapis | Ptah | Nekhbet | Wadjet | Babi | Tefnut | Tawaret | Khepri | Khnum | Neith | Khonsu | Sekhmet | Hathor | Serqet | Shezmu | Hapi
Demons and Magical Creatures: Serpopard | Carriers | Tjesu heru | Bloodstained Blade | Face of Horror | Griffin | Criosphinx | Uraeus | Ammit the Devourer | Switchblade Demons | Petsuchos
Other: House of Life | Magic | Magician | Kane Family
Related Content: Rick Riordan | List of Terms | The Kane Chronicles: Survival Guide | Brooklyn House Magician's Manual | The Kane Chronicles (film series) | Mythomagic, Inc | Netflix