Friday, June 1, 2012

Review: The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan

The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan 
Published: May 1st, 2012 (Disney Hyperion)
Pages: 406
Source: bought
Challenge: none
Series: Kane Chronicles, #3
Buy the book: Bookdepository
Rating: ★★★★☆

Note: this is not the first book in a series, and can therefore contain (minor) spoilers for the previous book(s) in the series. Reading of this review is at your own risk.

He's b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sade Kane can’t seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Unfortunately, the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink of civil war, the gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos.

To find the answer they need, the Kanes must rely on the murderous ghost of a powerful magician who might be able to lead them to the serpent’s shadow... or might lead them to their deaths in the depths of the underworld...

As one of my most anticipated releases of 2012, The Serpent's Shadow had a lot to live up to, and it did. While it wasn't as good as his series based on Greek and Roman mythology, this third and final installment continues the tone Riordan set in the previous books perfectly.

Sadie and Carter are as funny as ever, and I loved meeting up with them this final time. Their chemistry is great and I love how that shows in their dialogue and the way they act around each other. While some aspects were very predictable, I thought The Serpent's Shadow was a great ending to the series. Fast paced, packed with Egyptian mythology and not to forget, plenty of adventure, we go out with a rollercoaster ride.

I'm not sure what more I can say about this book. I'd love to go into detail for parts I loved and hated, but I don't want to spoil it, so I'm just going to leave it at this: if you enjoyed the first two books in this series, you'll enjoy this one as well - I'm pretty sure every Rick Riordan fan will be satisfied. I, for one, can't wait to see what he's got on his sleeve for us next.


  1. I thought this was a great ending for the trilogy. I just hope we will see more of the Kane family if another series soon. Loved the cameo appearances from Camp Half Blood at the school dance! :-) I hope we might see a story arc mixing the demi gods and the magicians at some point?!

    Cath Brookes (Skagway)

  2. Loved the story line and the development of not only Sadie and Carter but the side characters as well.

    Full of fun surprises and adventures....sad to see the story line come to an end.

    Definitely recommend for family fun reading and adventures.

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