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Review: The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan

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The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan.

The Kane Chronicles #3

406 pages

Hardcover, US edition

Published May 1, 2012

My Rating: 5/5 Stars – Loved It!

Goodreads Description:  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.

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…

Amazing end to this series! This was probably my favorite book in the series. I said it once and I’ll say it again: Rick Riordan is a genius.

I love that he wrote these books as recordings he transcribed. It was such an original idea. Carter and Sadie were hilarious to “listen” to. The things they said and did had me laughing out loud. This book included the author’s trademark sarcasm and wit in the whole cast of eccentric characters.

Aside from being funny, Carter and Sadie were very likable characters. You really wanted them to finally defeat Apophis and save the ones they loved. They were always so brave in whatever crazy situation they were in, despite still being kids. In short, they were awesome.

Another thing you gotta love about these books is the pacing. There is nonstop action from the beginning. You are stuck in this journey with the characters throughout the book and never want to see it end. All the cool Egyptian mythology elements that Rick Riordan puts his classic spin on add to how easy of a read this is.

I really enjoyed the ending. The author tied up any lose ends (i.e. Walt and Anubis) but also left the story in a way in which more could be told. You never know, maybe we’ll see more of Carter, Sadie, and our favorite Egyptian gods in the future.(I hope so!)

Overall: Love this book, this series, and Rick Riordan in general! Highly recommend his books to everyone!

Favorite Quotes

“She wore a pendant – a glittering platinum and diamond D – possibly her initial, or her grade average.”

“I cried because I missed seeing him so full of life, I mean, though the sight of Bes in a loincloth is enough to make anyone’s eyes burn.”

“‘Sadie,’ Dad said firmly,’please do not refer to the Devourer of Souls as Poochiekins.'”

“‘Tell me. I must know how to hunt Jelly Babies.'”   (heh, heh, Jelly Babies)

“‘Chaos… get ready to meet Ugly.'”     (I ❤ Bes!)

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Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Reviews


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Teaser Tuesday (2)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading!

To participate, all you have to do is:

– Grab your current read.

– Open to a random page.

– Share 2 teaser sentences from somewhere on that page.

– Do NOT include spoilers!

This week’s teaser is from The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan.

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I remembered that voice. I remembered how it felt being so close to Chaos, as if my blood were turning to fire, and the strands of my DNA were unraveling.

-pg. 15

Happy Reading!

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Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Teaser Tuesday


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Breaking Book News: Rick Riordan

Are you ready for some awesomeness? Well here it is: Rick Riordan is writing a new series based on Norse mythology! I heard about it today and this was my reaction: “OMG BEST NEWS EVER SO MUCH AWESOMENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” (As you can tell I like saying awesomeness) To say that I am super excited would be a MASSIVE understatement. I will read anything that man writes. If you don’t already know, Rick Riordan is the author of the amazing Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus series. To find out more visit this link. Who’s excited?

Happy Reading!

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Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Uncategorized


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