The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan

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Book 3 (Book 1: The Red Pyramid, Book 2: The Throne of Fire)

Novel Summation:

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. 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.

My Thoughts:

I read this book awhile ago so this will be short. I am so sad that this wonderful series is done. I have always been interested in Egyptian mythology and I feel that three books is not enough to convey all that encompassed Ancient Egypt. I feel that so much more could be explored or explained so I was not satisfied with a three book series. Still the book is and the series is a wonderful read. Some new characters are introduced but they are only explored briefly. The book mainly sticks with the mast cast of character and only develops them slightly; Carter because a stronger leader and Sadie becomes stronger as an individual. The end is conclusive and interesting. The small references to the Heroes of Olympus series was amusing (look out for Drew and Lacy the daughters of Aphrodite). I would recommend this series to everyone who enjoys mythology, Rick Riordan, or a fun read.

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