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The Serpent’s Shadow

By: Rick Riordan

Kane Chronicles book 3

The House of Life is in big trouble, bigger trouble than before. Apophis, the god of chaos is starting to rise. He plans to destroy not only the House of Life but the world as we know it. Carter and Sadie Kane, House of Life magicians, walk the path of the gods and this has caused them many problems including a rift within the house itself. The house is divided but they can’t deal with the infighting because they have to do the seemingly impossible – defeat Apophis. They think they know of a spell but it is ancient, untried and very dangerous. If they use it, it could very well cost them their lives. This battle has already cost them so much, but they can’t give up. It is not in their nature.

This is the conclusion to the Kane Chronicles. It is a series that grows on you. It is fast paced and action packed The action though is different to that from the Percy Jackson world because in this one the battle is magic based. Carter and Sadie are great leading characters. The sibling clash of styles and jibing each other brings a level of humour but also makes their relationship relatable and in doing this makes the whole thing more vivid.

Carter has a natural leadership that is tempered by age and doubts. Sadie with her strong nature and cheeky rebellious spirit balances out Carter’s serious streak. Other characters fill out this wonderful story. Walt especially is great, tormented by his curse you really want there to be a get out of jail free card for him. The return of Bes was a pleasure as he is one of my favourite gods. The integration of the gods, the dust and the modern world appears seamless. The other nice touch is the awkwardness of the relationships – Sadie with Walt and Anubis, Carter and Zia, this gives the battle side of the story a good balance that adds a nice slice of humanity.

I really enjoyed this series. It’s style is different to Percy but is still very engaging. A definite must if the reader has an interest in Egyptian mythology.

Highly Recommended.

Publisher: Puffin Books

Published: 01 May 2012

Format: Paperback 416 pages

Categories: Fantasy, Egyptian Mythology, Adventure

ISBN 13: 9780141335698

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page

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