The Throne of Fire (The Kane Chronicles, Book 2)
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In this exciting second installment of the three-book series, Carter and Sadie, offspring of the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane, embark on a worldwide search for the Book of Ra, but the House of Life and the gods of chaos are determined to stop them.
realized he was looking at something. On the floor next to my foot lay a glittering silver necklace: a familiar amulet shaped like a snake. For someone who’d been smoking hot only a few minutes before, I suddenly felt terribly chilly. ‘Menshikov,’ I said. ‘He was here.’ Carter drew his wand and scanned the room. ‘But where is he? Why would he just drop that and walk away?’ ‘He left it on purpose,’ I guessed. ‘He wants to taunt us.’ As soon as I said it, I knew it was true. I could
head-butted him in the nose. Babi staggered backwards as the dwarf continued pounding away, using his face as a deadly weapon. ‘Don’t hurt him!’ I yelled. ‘It’s my Gramps in there!’ Babi slumped against the railing. He blinked, trying to regain his bearings, but Bes breathed on him, and the smell of curry must’ve been too much. The baboon’s knees buckled. His body shimmered and began to shrink. He crumpled on the pavement and melted into a stocky grey-haired pensioner in a tattered
of the most powerful Egyptian god. Yet in Zia’s hands they didn’t appear to be anything special. The crook looked like an oversize gold-and-blue candy cane. The flail was a wooden rod with three spiked chains at the end. They didn’t glow or say PROPERTY OF RA. ‘Why would they be here?’ I asked. ‘Dunno,’ Bes said, ‘but that’s them. Last I heard they were locked in the First Nome’s vaults. Only the Chief Lector had access. I guess Iskandar buried them with your friend here.’ ‘To protect
shuffling and tripping, falling and rolling. Some crumbled to pieces as they tried to walk. Others fell down and were trampled by their fellows. But more came forward. We backed into the corridor. I had my staff in one hand. With my other, I held Walt’s hand tightly. I’d never been good at summoning fire, but I managed to set the end of my staff ablaze. ‘We’ll try it your way,’ I told Walt. ‘Light them up and run.’ I knew it was a bad idea. In close quarters, a blaze would hurt us as
my name?’ ‘No, just listen,’ I said. ‘You said you’re not complete without Ra, just a husk of your former self. But that’s true of all the other Egyptian gods as well. Ra is older, more powerful. He’s the original source of Ma’at, like –’ ‘Like the taproot of the gods,’ Carter volunteered. ‘Right,’ I said. ‘I have no idea what a taproot is, but – right. All these aeons, the other gods have been slowly fading, losing power, because Ra is missing. They might not admit it, but he’s their