Series: Kane Chronicles #3
Published by Puffin Books on May 1, 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Middle Grade
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He's b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sadie 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.
Carter and Sadie Kane are descendents of the House of Life, an Egyptian temple of magic. In The Red Pyramid and The Throne of Fire, the Kanes learnt to command their unique abilities and revived the sun god Ra, a worthy opponent to the god of chaos, Apophis. In the third and final installment of this electrifying trilogy, Apophis is hell bent on bringing forth the end of days, and the Kanes have a limited amount of time to defeat the god of Chaos himself and save mankind.
Following on from the Percy Jackson phenomenon about Greek gods and their offspring, the Kane Chronicles breathes life into the Egyptian gods and goddesses. From an off-kilter exuberant hippopotamus epitomising Hapi, the god of the Nile and an incredibly feline and agile female depicting Bast, the cat goddess, Riordan’s creativity shines as he interprets the quirks of these ancient beings.
The Serpent’s Shadow picks up where The Throne of Fire left off, as Carter and Sadie discover an ancient spell that may defeat Apophis. With magical abilities and an academy of magical students, these siblings have the weight of the world on their shoulders. Told through interchanging perspectives, we learn about Sadie’s inner turmoil between two boys, and Carter’s insecurities about his role as a leader.
It’s the creativity and immensely imaginative world that Riordan has created that’s the focus here, and you’ll be constantly entertained with The Serpent’s Shadow. Whether we’re stumbling upon the next Egyptian god, hearing from Sadie’s ghostly mother, visiting the underworld or seeing Carter turning into a falcon, The Serpent’s Shadow is full of surprises.
You’d definitely need to read the first two books of the Kane Chronicles before delving into this one, as it’s full steam ahead from the first chapter. If you’ve read the Percy Jackson series and you’re hankering for more, or you simply love Egypt, this series will not disappoint and you’ll be wondering why it’s just a trilogy.
I received a review copy of the book from the publisher, courtesy of the Readplus blog, in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 5 out of 5