Sunday, August 5, 2012

Review: The Serpent's Shadow (Kane Chronicles #3) by Rick Riodan

Publication date: May 1 2012

Publisher: Hyperion Books

Pages: 401 (hardcover)

Summary: (Goodreads)

When youn magicians Carter and Sadie Kane learned how to follow the path of the Ancient Egyptian gods, they knew they would have to play an important role in restoring Ma'at - order - to the world. What they didn't know is how chaotic the world would become. The Chaos snake Apophis is loose and threatining to destroy the earth in three days' time. The magicians are divided. The gods are disappearing, and those who remain are weak. Walt, on of Carter and Sadie's most gifted initiates, is doomed and can already feel his life force ebbing. Zia is too busy babysitting the senile sun god, Ra, to be of much help. What are a couple of teenagers and a handful of young trainees to do?

 There is possibly one way to stop Apophis, but it is so difficult that it might cost Carter and Saide their lives, if it even works at all. It involves trusting the ghost of a psychopathic magician not to betray them, or worse, kill them. They'd have to be crazy to try it. Well, call them crazy.

With hilarious asides, memorable monsters, and an ever-changing crew of friends and foes, the excitement never lets up in The Serpent's Shadow, a thoroughly entertaining and satisfying conclusion to the Kane Chronicles.


I hate seeing the words "final installment" anywhere on a book synopsis. I know I'm not the only one either. I mean after spending so much time waiting on these books to be released, it leaves a hollow. Then when books are the last in the series I have the sudden need to gulp them down as fast as I can to see what happens in the end. I don't think I’ll actually come to the conclusion that I'll never see the Kane family again. Maybe Rick will write more eventually.

Sadie and Carter Kane are magicians who live in a mythological Egyptian order which are separated into nomes. They reside in Brooklyn in a house which is disguised as a warehouse of sorts to mortal eyes, called Brooklyn House. There they've been teaching initiates the path of the gods.

The book starts off really fast paced with part of the gang in Dallas. Of course, things get a little chaotic. Pun intended.

The main antagonist of The Serpent’s Shadow is Apophis, basically, Chaos. He's been corrupting the world, fulfilling his plans of conquering and dividing. Everyone is pitting against each other. No one understands this word called ’trust’ and if they do it's a little on the extreme side. Rebel magicians are after them, thinking they've committed treason. So not only is Chaos himself after them, fellow magicians want their heads on a platter.

Sucks to be them.

I love every character in this book so much, never loved any characters since. Bes is the only fictional character that has ever made me laugh as hard as I did. He's just amazing in all his Speedo glory. (BOO!) Sadie and I have a connection. We both like boots and Adele. We both are quick witted even though it usually plays out better in our heads, though Sadie usually talks more than me. Sadie talks more than anyone really.

Walt on the other hand... Why can't boys be like you?? Hmm? WHY? Anubis why do you have to be so good looking? Ahhhhh. The boys in this book make all mortal boys look like poop floating down the Nile. Sadie and Walt have such an amazing (dare I say it?) love for each other. They'll always be there for one another even when Walt’s not entirely himself.

A series that will always be remembered through the ages, The Serpent's Shadow will leave you wondering if there's more to this world than just the things we see. 

1 comment:

  1. It is well paced and excellent. Wish it told you more about their end lives though but altogether a really great book.

    Cath Brookes (Skagway)