Book: The Serpent’s Shadow

"The Serpent's Shadow"

When young magicians Carter and Sadie Kane learned how to follow the path of the Ancient Egyptian gods, they knew they would have to play an important role in restoring Ma’at–order–to the world. What they didn’t know is how chaotic the world would become. The Chaos snake Apophis is loose and threatening to destroy the earth in three days’ time. The magicians are divided. The gods are disappearing, and those who remain are weak. Walt, one of Carter and Sadie’s most gifted initiates, is doomed and can already feel his life force ebbing. Zia is too busy babysitting the senile sun god Ra to be of much help. What are a couple of teenagers and a handful of young trainees to do?

With hilarious asides, memorable monsters, and an ever-changing crew of friends and foes, the excitement never lets up in The Serpent’s Shadow, a thoroughly entertaining and satisfying conclusion to the Kane Chronicles.

Okay, trying to catch up on my backlog here.

The Serpent’s Shadow is the final book in The Kane Chronicles–the Egyptian mythology series from Percy Jackson author Rick Riordan. Unlike his Percy Jackson series though, and the currently running Heroes of OlympusThe Kane Chronicles isn’t as exciting. Not to say it’s not good, it is. I’m just–

Well, I’ve always found the shifting point-of-view and the asides so very frustrating. Though, admittedly, the shifts in point-of-view in this book works better for me than it did in the first two books. Probably because this book also read faster than the other two. The asides though… Well, let’s just say I’m happy there’s less of them in The Serpent’s Shadow.

On to the story itself, I have to say it’s not as sticky as Riordan’s other efforts. It takes the author a year to release each book in the series, (meaning he releases two books a year, one for The Kane Chronicles, and another one for Heroes of Olympus), and in between those releases it’s not uncommon for people to read other things. Which I do. Unlike with the Heroes of Olympus though where I retain what’s happened in previous books, nothing sticks to me whenever I start reading any of The Kane Chronicles books. On the plus side, it’s like I’m reading a new book every time I crack them open. But it’s frustrating when I can’t get references in the succeeding books–because I barely remember what happened previously.

It could be because I’m not really a big fan of Egyptian mythology. But that shouldn’t matter, right?

Anyhow, the book was entertaining and light. It wasn’t outstanding or anything, but it’s decent. And it does a good job on introducing Egyptian mythology to people who aren’t familiar with them. So it’s not a waste of money.

I just hope that Riordan’s planned Norse mythology series is better than this.

This reaction too negative for you? Here are other, more positive, reviews from other people on the ‘Net:
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Kevin’s Meandering Mind
Miss Book Mind

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