Sunday, October 7, 2012

Review: The Serpent's Shadow

The Serpent's Shadow
The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GoodReads Synopsis: 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: LOVED this series. This was a great conclusion to a series that I believe was only intended to be 3 books, but Riordan left the door open to possibly more books. I loved that the storyline told from the alternating perspectives of the 2 heroes. Each speaking into a tape recorder that would be forwarded to Riordan for translation and publication. It allowed for a first person story to read more like a third person story.

Kane Chronicles moved much faster and was much more engaging than the “Heroes of Olympus” trilogy Riordan was writing at the same time. Olympus seems to really get hung up on the differences between the Greek and Roman versions of the mythology…whereas with Kane Chronicles it all a fun interpretation of Egyptian mythology. Loved that Riordan included lots of hieroglyphics in the text as part of the storyline as well. Fun series and really piques your interest in Egyptian mythology.

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