Google+ Reading Teen: Book Review: Serpent's Shadow (The Kane Chronicles, Book Three) by Rick Riordan

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Book Review: Serpent's Shadow (The Kane Chronicles, Book Three) by Rick Riordan

Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; First Edition edition (May 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1423140575
ISBN-13: 978-1423140573
Buy the book: Amazon

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 Review

Rick Riordan is definitely one of my favorite authors to date. This love, of course, started out with his series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, which I think everyone can agree are great books. The Kane Chronicles follows the fashion of Percy Jackson except that instead of Greek deities living in modern times, Egyptian Gods and Goddesses take this role. The series is centered around ancient Egypt and the descendants of its Gods who are, in fact, magicians. This is, of course, a very original and interesting concept and, from the start, was very successful.

For me, this series started out very strongly. I loved the book, the concept, the writing, the characters, pretty much everything about it. Same thing with the second book -- this was turning out to be one of my favorites. From there, I had extremely high expectations for this third and final book in the series.And I've got to say, the book didn't reach all of those. To me, it kind of seemed like there were many things in the plot that were too... convenient. I can't really give any examples without spoiling the book, but let's just say there were some things that seemed just too easy. I mean, these people, these teens, are battling Apep, or Apophis, the Egyptian God of Evil and Chaos. This thing is a snake that is miles long, thicker than a house. And there were some parts that came across as a bit too   simple.

Now, don't get me wrong. I still like this book. A lot. It was written well, character development was great, and I think the story wrapped up nicely. So, once again, Riordan doesn't disappoint with yet another fantastic mythology book.


  1. I've got to admit that the first two books in the Kane Chronicles I was not crazy about. They werent quite on the Percy Jackson level that i love- But this one is incredible. I love it. It is easily the best part of the trilogy. Rick Riordan tied in some stuff from Percy's world, too-Piper McLean's enemy Drew is the local mean girl and Lacy (also from the Aphrodite cabin) is a friend of Sadie's. The characters reach the depth they need in this book. The ending is great.

  2. My 10 year old loves this author and this series is no different! He looks forward to reading more by Rick Riordan.

  3. Oh! Is this the last in the series? I'm still not caught up on Percy Jackson yet. My kid has gobbled up everything though.

    1. Yeah, although there are all the Heroes of Olympus books as well!! :P


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