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Review – The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan

Title: The Serpent’s Shadow
Author: Rick Riordan
Goodreads rating: 4.28 stars
Published: May 1st 2012 by Hyperion Books

PS. SPOILER ALERT! This is the third and final book in the Kane chronicles, so spoilers up ahead!


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.


This book took me quite a while to finish, but I’m really glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I do not think that this series nor this conclusion reaches up to Riordan’s Percy Jackson series though. I feel like a lot of the stuff that happens just wraps up too nicely? I mean it is middle grade, so of course I’m not gonna expect something that doesn’t quite belong in that genre, but everything, every little detail fits a little too perfectly for me.

The way Riordan uses egyptian mythology though is great. I love how different it is from the greek and roman mythology and the way the magic system is set up. Really fascinating! Carter and Sadie are great characters and I love the way they deal with their problems a little differently.

All in all I liked this book and this series, but it wasn’t quite as good as Riordan’s previous books.

My rating: 3.5/5 stars

That’s it for this review.

Until next time!

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