Meet the characters

Meet the characters

Carter Kane

Name:
Carter Kane
Gender:
Male
Age:
14
Location:
Anywhere, everywhere
Quote:
This is my Dad’s quote really but: ‘Fairness means everyone gets what they need. And the only way to get what you need is to make it happen yourself’
About Me:
My name is Carter Kane. Since I was eight years old my dad and I travelled the world. I was born in LA but my dad’s an archaeologist, so his work has taken him all over. Mostly we’ve been to Egypt since that’s his specialty. He named me after Howard Carter, the guy who discovered King Tut’s tomb, I think that’s pretty cool
Interests:
Reading anything I can get my hands on- from Dad’s history books to fantasy novels. I also love Trivia. Sadie jokes I’m a ‘Human Wikipedia’
Film:
I swear I’ve seen every film ever screened on an in-flight entertainment system… at least twice
TV:
Tricky one to answer as the TV is in a different language half the time.
Hometown:
My home is a suitcase. Not kidding!
Favorite Drink:
Ginger Ale
Favourite Food:
Once when I was stuck with Dad in Venice airport I puked after eating too much cannelloni so I can’t touch the stuff now. I like Skittles, Twix and pancakes
Occupation:
Sword fighter, Set animal tamer and student… kind of
Education:
I didn’t go to school. My dad home-schooled me, if you can call it ‘home schooling’ when you don’t have a home. He sort of taught me whatever he thought was important, so I learned a lot about Egypt and basketball stats and my dad’s favourite musicians
Sadie on Carter:
I used to tell people he looked like a professor, with his khaki trousers and a button-down shirt and loafers. He looks a bit better following our recent adventures. My mates Liz and Emma have seen his picture and tell me he’s hot which I take with a pinch of salt as a.) he’s my brother and b.) my mates are a bit crazed


Sadie Kane

Name:
Sadie Kane
Gender:
Female
Age:
12
Location:
England
Quote:
‘Honestly, Carter is so thick sometimes I can’t believe we’re related. I mean when someone says I forbid it, that’s a good sign it’s worth doing . . .’
About Me:
My name is Sadie Kane. After my mum died, her parents (my grandparents) had this big court battle with dad so now I live with them and my brother Carter lives with dad. I barely remember Mum but I did keep the one picture. Her skin was perfect. Quite depressing compared to mine. People always say I look like her, but I couldn’t even get the spot off my chin much less look so mature and beautiful. (Stop smirking, Carter)
Favourite food:
A good curry, which should always be hot and spicy. Carter’s such a wimp, he can’t handle the hot stuff!
Favourite drink:
Ribena. Carter thinks it’s weird but what does he know?
Pets:
A cat called Muffin; she was a gift from dad. But with her attitude, I’m not sure I would call her a proper gift. Favourite shoes: Combat boots
Hair colour:
Striped red — with blue streaks
Biggest ambition:
I’ve had one dream ever since I was six: to see my mum again. To actually get to know her, talk to her, go shopping, do anything
Hometown:
Since dad practically abandoned me age six London’s been the place I call home
Carter on Sadie:
It seems I can talk to her properly now — I told her about the time Dad and I got stuck in Venice airport and I ate so many cannelloni I got sick. I told her some pretty embarrassing stories that I’d never shared with anyone, because who else could I share them with?


Amos

Name:
Amos
Gender:
Male
Location:
Mixed but I do love my home in New York
About Me:
I am Amos. The brother of Julius Kane and ‘Uncle Amos’ to Carter and Sadie
Style:
Style? Do you think I have style? I’m flattered. Carter has told me this before. I favour tailored suits that I team with a matching fedora and pair of round-lensed glasses which also match
Hairstyle:
I wear my long dark hair in neat braids with dark blue lapis lazuli, one of the stones the Egyptians often used for jewellery.
Pets:
Pets isn’t quite the right word but I do love the company of my Lakers-supporting baboon butler and sensitive Albino crocodile
Likes:
Sailing, vanishing, demon-fighting with magic- but not when forced. I also play the saxophone
Dislikes:
I have developed a recent dislike of hamsters
Hometown:
Brooklyn
Favorite Food:
Bagels and vanilla icing on a birthday cake can’t be beat
Favorite Drink:
Coffee… a strong coffee
Sadie on Amos:
Uncle Amos smells like old- timey spices, copal and amber, like the incense shops in Covent Garden…in a good way. He practices some cool magic too- you should see the mind-blowing tricks he can pull with grains of sand.
Carter on Amos:
His ‘home in New York’ is actually a mansion perched on the roof of a warehouse in NYC… but you’ll need to look out of the corner of your eye to spot it.


Bast

Name:
Bast. My name is not Muffin, thank you very much
Profession:
Goddess of Cats
Quote:
‘My dear; I’m a cat. Everything I see is mine.’
Eye colour:
Yellow with black feline pupils
Hair colour:
Jet black
Distinguishing features:
Wicked sharp claws
Description:
Small and lithe like a gymnast, incredibly graceful (of course!)
Talents:
Flying thirty feet in the air
Favourite car:
A silver Lexus convertible
Favourite outfit:
A skin tight leopard-skin jumpsuit
Favourite food:
Grilled cheese and friskies
Carter on Bast:
Our favourite feline. With a twenty-foot-tall cat goddess on your side how can you go wrong?


Zia Rashid

Name:
Zia Rashid
Gender:
Female
Location:
London and Egypt
Quote:
“My name is Zia Rashid . . . And right now . . . I must save your miserable lives. Let’s go.”
About me:
I am a scribe in the House of Life, trained to fight Gods. I guess I could also be called a human flamethrower. Sadie describes me as ‘Miss Zia ‘I’m so magical’ Rashid’ but magic is what I do. Sadie needs to realise sarcasm is the lowest form of wit . . .
Description:
Black hair with caramel coloured skin and a cool tattoo where you wouldn’t expect one
Eyes:
Amber lined in black kohl
Special skills:
Throwing fireballs and battling Gods
Accessories:
A curved white piece of ivory, which is in fact an Egyptian wand
Hobbies:
I’m so busy trying to protect those Kane kids, when would I have time for hobbies?
Hometown:
A village on the Nile. Or at least, it used to be
Carter on Zia:
I tried to imagine Zia going to a regular public high school, learning a locker combination, hanging out in the cafeteria. I couldn’t picture it
Sadie on Zia:
I’m in agreement on the above and, lets face it, the girls dormitory isn’t quite as posh as Amos’s mansion


Iskandar

Name:
Iskandar
About Me:
I am Chief Lector at the House of Life, my role is to serve and protect the Pharaoh. Born in the reign of Cleopatra VII, I understand many things but prefer to speak Alexandrian Greek, my birth tongue. I was the last of the magicians to be trained before the House went underground
Language:
You think this is written in perfect English, right? But how do you know that you aren’t reading this in Greek?
Home:
House of Life
Likes:
Sitting on the foot of the throne, tapping my staff against the steps
Dislikes:
Those who wrongfully call on the power of the Gods
Carter on Iskandar:
The oldest man I’ve ever seen with skin like lunch-bag paper- brown, thin and crinkled. Multicoloured hieroglyphics glow in the air all around him and float away as if he were some sort of magic bubble machine. He smiles at you as if he knows exactly what you are thinking


Desjardins

Name:
Desjardins
Age:
Approximately 200 years old
Distinguishing features:
A forked beard
Clothing:
Crème coloured robes
Accent:
French
Home territory:
Paris, France
Lives in:
A HUGE mansion on the other side of Tuileries, on the Rue de Pyramides. Not that I’m bragging or anything
Profession:
My master is Lord Iskandar, Chief Lector of the House of Life — and I am next in line. So I’m his translator, amongst other things. For now. . .
Carter on Desjardins:
Hmmmm, something always made me think that this guy wouldn’t think twice about turning us into escargots


Khufu

Hi everyone, this is Carter answering on behalf of Khufu as his language can be hard for some of us to understand… but strangely only to some of us…

Name:
Khufu
Quote:
‘Agh, agh’ or ‘AGH’ or ‘Aghhh” !!
About Me:
doesn’t cover his multi-coloured rear. He’s often found with a basketball tucked under his arm and is very speedy.
Interests:
TV, Lakers, basketball, slapping his head, showing off his technicolour bum! Belching, scratching, grunting, handstands and foraging through children’s scalps for munchies!
TV:
ESPN sports highlights
Hometown:
Brooklyn
Favorite Food:
Khufu only eats food that ends in an ‘o’- Doritos, Cheerios, Oreos, Flamingo’s! He likes chunks of meat too- I guess these chunks are Buffalo or maybe Armadillo!
Sadie on Khufu:
One freaking awesome baboon even if there have been occasions when his colourful back side has come frighteningly close to my face. He also likes to have my cat Muffin perched on his lap, it’s very cute!
Carter on Khufu:
I don’t want him to make me play basketball again…ever