The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan

This book is the fantastic end to Rick Riordan’s Egyptian trilogy. You can check out the book here.

Rating: [4/5]

***Spoiler alert!***

Summary: The Serpent’s Shadow focuses on Carter and Sadie Kane’s quest to stop Apophis from rising. Apophis has resurfaced, but hasn’t initiated a full-scale attack against the House of Life yet. Carter and Sadie have used this time to hunt down a way to defeat Apophis, even though Apophis is systematically destroying anything that could contain the key to his demise. The Kanes have an idea how to destroy Apophis, but’s it’s risky, to say the least. And none of the gods can tell them if they’re on the right track. With the “help” of the ancient, manipulative ghost of Setne, they figure out how to use a powerful spell to overcome Chaos once and for all. Meanwhile, Sadie deals with her tumultuous feelings for Anubis, the unavailable god of the dead, and Walt, a fellow magician suffering the fatal effects of an ancient curse. Carter and Zia must also deal with their feelings towards each other. Not to mention the fact that they have to save the ghost of their mother from being devoured by Apophis, stop the rebellion of Russian magicians, save Bes, and figure out how Ra plays into the whole scenario. The Kanes are pretty busy kids.

Likes: I liked The Serpent’s Shadow a lot. I think it was definitely a satisfying conclusion to this series. It tied up all the loose ends. I really like Riordan’s use of humor and sarcasm in his writing. I also think it’s interesting how the book is presented as being the transcripts of audio recordings. That’s pretty unique. I’m also just a big fan of mythology in general, especially Egyptian mythology, so I obviously loved that entire aspect of the story.

Dislikes: There wasn’t anything I specifically disliked about The Serpent’s Shadow or The Kane Chronicles, but I definitely don’t think it was as strong of a series as Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

TL;DR: That being said, I would still recommend this book to anyone who is interested in exciting, funny stories, who is interested in mythology, or who enjoyed Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Just be aware that it’s not exactly the same. It’s still good. Just different. Please read The Red Pyramid and The Throne of Fire first, though!

Agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments!


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