Study Guide

The Red Pyramid Characters

By Rick Riordan

Carter Kane

Carter Kane's whole life is in his suitcase. Traveling with his Egyptologist dad, he's never...

Sadie Kane

At the tender age of twelve, Sadie already knows how to rebel. Her philosophy is: "when someone...

Julius Kane

The father of Sadie and Carter, Julius Kane seems to be a mild-mannered archaeologist who writes...

Amos Kane

The last time Carter and Sadie saw their uncle Amos was at Sadie's sixth birthday party, when...

Ruby Kane

Everyone who knew Ruby Kane adored her. Sadie relates how her grandparents (Ruby's parents) keep...

Bast

Were you hoping a book based on ancient Egyptian mythology would include the cat goddess Bast? We...

Zia Rashid

Zia is a magician trained by the House of Life to fight gods, and she means serious business....

Horus

The son of Isis and Osiris (or their brother, depending on which version of the story you listen...

Isis

Isis is beautiful, sometimes appearing with multicolored wings. What else would you expect from a...

Anubis

When Sadie first encounters Anubis, she doesn't know who he is, only that he's "a good-looking...

Thoth

You know the idea of the frazzled, ill-kempt professor who's a genius at his or her research but...

Osiris

Osiris is the ancient Egyptian god of the dead—but he wasn't always. When Sadie has a...

Set

Set is the biggest and the baddest of the gods—or so he likes to think. Compared to...

Khufu

Khufu is a baboon—but not just any baboon. He hangs out with Amos and has no trouble...

Iskandar

The first we hear of Iskandar is from Amos, in a conversation about the gods that happens right...

Desjardins

Second in command to Chief Lector Iskandar, Desjardins is a stereotypical stuck-up French...

Nephthys

Of the five gods released from the Rosetta Stone, Nephthys remains the most mysterious. Sadie...

Nut

Yeah, you could joke about her name, but she's heard it all before: the ancient Egyptian sky...

Geb

The god of earth is, no joke, made of earth. Here's how he appears to Sadie in a vision: "His...

Apophis

Apophis is the embodiment of chaos, often taking the form of a serpent. Here's how Nut...

Ma'at

Ma'at is the symbol of order and harmony. We don't really see Ma'at personified as a god, but...

Gran and Gramps Faust

Losing their daughter Ruby must have been rough on the Fausts. Raising Sadie must have been...

Ammit the Devourer

"Cute little thing" is how Thoth describes Ammit the Devourer (25.69). Color us skeptical. The...

Bloodstained Blade

The captain of the Egyptian Queen has a human body and a double-bladed, bloodstained axe for a...

Chief Inspector Williams

This guy is so boring that a) we're glad he's only in one chapter of the book, and b) it's no...

Face of Horror/Rooster Foot

Like most of Set's demons, this guy's no looker. Carter describes him as "tall and scarecrow...

Demons, Assorted

Set has a lot of demons gather around him. Most aren't pretty. Take, for instance, the...

Doughboy

Based on his appearance, Sadie and Carter don't know what they're getting into with this dude:...

Dr. Martin

Hathor

As Sekhmet's alter ego, Hathor is as mellow as Sekhmet is destructive. Which is to say, very. She...

Jerrod and Wayne

These two magicians are actually shabti that Thoth uses to test Sadie and Carter, in order to...

Khons

We don't know much about the ancient Egyptian moon god, except that he's bad at gambling. The way...

Liz and Emma

Sadie's school buddies, Liz and Emma, are only mentioned from time to time. We know that they're...

Magicians, Assorted

There are a lot of magicians out there, doing their own thing, and through the Kanes' entry into...

Mel

Mel is the magician who's partnered with Zia on the Great Godling Hunt taking place in America....

Muffin

Despite the weird name, Muffin is just an ordinary cat who likes to sleep on top of Sadie's head....

Nectanebo II

Carter encounters this New Kingdom pharaoh-sorcerer in his ba form (a spirit with a human head...

Philip of Macedonia

This, ladies and gentlemen, is one fancy name for a crocodile. But Philip isn't just any...

Ra

Since Ra retired to the heavens millennia ago, we don't see much of him in this story. Still,...

Sekhmet

If there's one god you don't want to fight, it's Sekhmet. Known as the Eye of Ra and the...

Serqet

Here's how Sadie describes Serqet: "From a distance she looked all right, but as she got closer I...

Shezmu

With a name like that, this guy's got to be a winner.Sadie and Carter encounter him on their way...

Shu

The god of the wind, Shu is also Nut's father. He upholds Ra's command to keep Nut and Geb...

Sobek

This is one dude even Horus doesn't want to mess with. When he appears in the Rio Grande, Carter...