Review: The Serpent’s Shadow (Kane Chronicles #3)
Series: The Kane Chronicles #3
Also in this series: The Red Pyramid, The Throne of Fire
Released by Disney, Hyperion on 1 May 2012
He's b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sadie 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. The Kanes' only hope is an ancient spell that might turn the serpent's own shadow into a weapon, but the magic has been lost for a millennia. 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.
Nothing less than the mortal world is at stake when the Kane family fulfills its destiny in this thrilling conclusion to the Kane Chronicles.
At the beginning of this year, I picked up The Red Pyramid – the first book in the Kane Chronicles. I was a bit wary of this series, because I had hardly heard anything about it, even though it was a Riordan series. But after finishing the first book, I was hooked. Book two was finished not so soon afterwards, and for the Oh My Book-a-thon, I decided to pick up book three, The Serpent’s Shadow.
This third book takes place a couple of months after the events of The Throne of Fire; it is now autumn, and Apophis is at large, making the lives of the Kane siblings even more difficult than they already are. Carter and Sadie are trying to protect the last of the scrolls of Setne, which is the only thing that could help them destroy the serpent. But of course, none of this goes according to plan.
I was honestly a bit sad when I realised I was about to read the final book in this series. The Kane Chronicles had been a nice, fast-paced series with lots of ups and downs. I loved some of the characters, I hated some of the characters, I loved finding out more about Egyptian mythology in a fun way. Overall, this series was just great and I am incredibly sad that there weren’t more books (I mean PJO and Heroes of Olympus each got five books, why not this one too?)
The characters in this book were mostly ones that we already knew from the previous two – I still enjoyed Carter and Sadie and their relationship with each other; and like with the previous two books I still pictured them older than they actually were. This actually made me enjoy the romance a bit more too, even though the end was just too good to be true View Spoiler »Sadie was torn between Walt – who was dying – and Anubis – who is a god – and in the end she got both of them together, because Anubis sort of took over Walt’s body and made him not dead anymore. Oh well, at least she got what she wanted. « Hide Spoiler
There was enough happening in this book to keep it flowing, but I have to admit that I would have loved it more if the events had been spread over a longer period of time. I understand that they had a limited amount of time, but idk, it also made it feel kind of rushed. Still, near the end of the book, I was so anxious I think I finished the last quarter in one sitting. I really wanted to know how it ended, and it was just so thrilling!
Of course, Rick Riordan’s writing was superb, and I enjoyed every minute of it. He writes jokes and sarcasm like it’s a second language (I guess that it actually is his second language). My favourite part of this series is that it’s written in the first person narrative, due to the books being ‘recordings’. Maybe it would have been cooler if it had actually been written as a transcript, but that may have also made the story less thrilling. I guess we’ll never find out.
In the end, I enjoyed The Serpent’s Shadow and the Kane Chronicles in general, and I definitely recommend it to people who 1) love Rick Riordan’s books and 2) love Egyptian mythology. I am glad that I picked up these books, and I will forever recommend them to people who are wary of reading this series because you hardly ever hear people talking about it (yes I will be one of those people who will talk about it).
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