Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan

To see my reviews of the first two books in this series click here:  The Red Pyramid, The Throne of Fire.

Title: The Serpent's Shadow (Kane Chronicles #3)
Author: Rick Riordan
Reviewer: Karen
Genre: Mid-Grade Sci-Fantasy
Rating: Love
Alerts/Warnings: Some Fantastical Violence
Premise:"Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sade Kane can't seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Their only hope: find an ancient spell that might turn the serpent's own shadow into a weapon." (American Fork Library System)
Opinion:  This book is an exciting conclusion to the series.  I love seeing Sadie's growth and her continual struggle between liking both Walt (who is marked for death) and Anubis (the God of Death).  I also loved seeing the relationship between Zia and Carter and the intriguing tie that Zia has with the Sun God Ra. In fact, Zia has to be my favorite character in this particular novel, followed closely by Hapi the hippy God of the Nile. Seriously LOVE the fascinating characters that Mr. Riordan came up with.

This book, and the whole series, was an intriguing way to make Egyptian history fascinating to a new generation. I love the twists and turns and wondering who the characters could trust to help them fight against Apophis.  You never know if enemies will become allies, or will friends betray the siblings.  I also was intrigued and the continual enigmatic mention of characters/gods from Mr. Riordan's other series leaving me wonder if the author plans on doing a cross-over series between the Kane Chronicles and his Heroes of Olympus series.  Only time will tell.

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