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The Serpent's Shadow

by Rick Riordan

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Series: The Kane Chronicles (3), Percy Jackson and the Olympians

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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.

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Another great book/series by Rick Riordan. My only complaint is that we never get to really "know" the secondary characters (like Walt, Jaz, etc.), so I didn't feel a connection to them. Maybe because it's a trilogy and there just wasn't the page space, or maybe I've been spoiled by the two Percy Jackson series'.

Anyway, this book is a satisfying end to the trilogy with just enough loose ends to keep you wondering. There is a short story in the back of the third book where Carter meets Percy. I haven't read it yet, but I figure that it as well as the other two shorts( that I haven't read ,either) in the backs of two of the Heroes of Olympus books are going to tie up those loose ends. ( )
  LynnMPK | Jul 1, 2023 |
It was okay. I liked it, but it somehow became repetitive. ( )
  Aya666 | Aug 12, 2022 |
I am not the audience for the book.

I would say overall not very good. You're better off just reading the first book and stopping.

I skimmed a lot.

There are aspects of the cultural dynamic, an American and a British-American in modern Egypt that are rather awkward. The only modern Egyptian with any prominence is Zia Rashid, but she serves mostly as a vessel for desire (a literal vessel in one case).

It's really unfortunate that the main well-developed non-deity Egyptian character is an evil ghost.

If this is adapted for television, I hope Zia gets a much richer treatment with a much more fully-developed character. ( )
  rakerman | Jul 24, 2022 |
My mind is still wrap up around this book. I never thought I’ll end up liking the trilogy. Rick Riordan never disappoints. Reading this Kane Chronicles is surely a fun way to learn about the Egyptian Mythology.

There are so much things I would like to point out in this book. I like how both Carter and Sadie shared the spotlight in here. I got what I wanted in this book, the story build up was perfect as well as the adventures leading to the climax of the story. Unlike with the book two, I love the different adventures of Carter and Sadie here. But the best part for me is how Riordan always managed to interweave the plot twists using the most simple yet surprisingly impressive way, something that really makes the book an absolute page-turner. I got goosebumps when Ra acknowledged Carter as the pharaoh, when Sadie admitted that leadership was his most obvious trait. I admit that sometimes I think, things always end up badly for Carter with his own little adventures. It always seemed that he was always saved by someone and that his capabilities were never truly shown. But in the end, I realized that those things just made the story beautiful, because it showed that even a good leader can make silly mistakes. Likewise, I would have never guessed from the first book what Zia was about to play. That was shown quite astonishingly.

Maybe, personally, the only thing that I didn’t like about the story as a whole was the Walt/Anubis business. I am and will always be Team Anubis (he reminds me of Nico from the Percy Jackson Series) and along the story, it made me sad when Sadie seemed to prefer Walt over him. I still think Walt should have never been in the picture at all. But I guess, it still end up fine though really weird.

The Kane Chronicles really made its way to my heart. I love the trilogy and as usual, 5 stars for this! ( )
  jam01 | Feb 26, 2022 |
Despite Rick Riordans continued assualt on museums (why do they keep getting destroyed in all his books?) I really liked everything that happened in this story. I felt like the level of suspense and danger was appropriate for the final book in the series, but it was also really funny and emotional. I loved seeing all the young magicians figuring out their powers but I wish there was more of some of the minor characters. ( )
  mutantpudding | Dec 26, 2021 |
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Riordan, Rickprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Free, Kevin R.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kellgren, KatherineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To three great editors who shaped my writing career: Kate Miciak, Jennifer Besser, and Stephanie Lurie---- the magicians who have brought my words to life.
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