The Kane Chronicles, Book Three: The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan

And here we are, at the final chapter of The Kane Chronicles. I have to say, this book’s cover has the best illustration among the three-part book series, don’t you agree?

Here’s the plot description from the back cover of the book:

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 that 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?

The story continues on with Carter and Sadie Kane’s adventure to defeat Apophis, the god of Chaos. Just as the title suggests, it has mainly to do with Apophis’ shadow. Oh, and speaking of shadows, during the span of reading this book, there was one night when I surprisingly and frighteningly dreamed of shadows trying to devour me and my friends’ lives. It scared the hell out of me, good thing it wasn’t Aphophis’ shadow (hahaha!).

Moving on, in this final installment of the series, readers are introduced to the concept of shadow being part of a being’s soul. To further understand it, using Sadie’s analogy, the shadow can be used to reboot a soul like a computer backup drive or to destroy one’s soul completely. This is the last resort process of retrieving or erasing a soul; thus, it becomes the most crucial and dangerous information to be disclosed by the owner of the soul to keep it from being used at another’s advantage. As the story progresses, though, readers will also realize that shadows represent something else, that they are more than just the “backup drives” of the souls.

The main characters, Carter and Sadie, somehow remind me of Dan and Amy Cahill from The 39 Clues. Their sibling connection runs deep that they understand each other’s thoughts by just looking at each other. Annoyance between siblings is inevitable, but at the end of the day, they always have each other’s backs. That’s how this book is able to portray Carter and Sadie’s relationship. Moreover, by using alternating point of views of the siblings, it brings out the personalities more from them.

Aside from the Kanes, other magicians and gods also play a significant role in defeating Apophis and defending the First Nome. Some of the minor gods who appear will also be appreciated by the readers – the less-known gods will be remembered once again. And of course, the love interests of Carter and Sadie, Zia and Walt/Anubis, respectively, have their grand moments, too. I can’t help but slowly reread those parts and feel giddy over the couples’ moments. Full of twists and unexpected encounters, the story will fill the readers with excitement and surprises.

Rick Riordan truly has a way of making the story interesting and fun to read. I’m glad he didn’t limit himself to the Greek and Roman gods because with just the success of the Percy Jackson series, I’m confidently sure that Rick Riordan still has a lot to offer to his readers and fans. It’s really amusing to know how he is able to weave a story utilizing the Egyptian mythology. I admit, I was not a fan of mythology before, but reading Rick Riordan’s works has taught me a lot. They’re both entertaining and educational. Plus, he undoubtedly transports my mind and let my imagination wander into the land of Egypt with his powerful written words while I’m merely physically present in my room.

Even though this book series has ended, Carter, Sadie, Zia, Walt, and other memorable characters have definitely casted a shadow in every reader’s hearts and brought a legacy that cannot be easily forgotten. Not all may enjoy this series, but overall, it offers something new and unexpected. On to the next adventure!

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2 responses to “The Kane Chronicles, Book Three: The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan

  • Tin

    Egyptian Mythology is not really as common as Greek or Roman Myth when it comes to incorporating or retelling it in literature and I am also glad that Rick Riordan made the risk. Although I haven’t read this book or any from the Kane Chronicles, I did like his Percy Jackson series and even more his Heroes of Olympus books 1-2. So, there’s a chance I’ll like this one as well. :)

    • Rhin

      I agree, this is really different from the Percy Jackson series as well as the The Heroes of Olympus series. You should try reading this series, too. I hope you’ll end up liking it as much as I did. I also read somewhere that Rick Riordan plans to write another series about Norse gods. I’m now curious how he’ll go about it. I’ve never heard of Norse gods before until now.

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