Title: The Serpent’s Shadow (Kane Chronicles, Book 3)
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
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Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sadie Kane still haven’t put a final stop to Apophis and his quest to bring darkness to the world. On top of that, the leadership of the House of Life has turned against them and see them and everyone else in Brooklyn House as the enemy. It would definitely be an understatement to say they must prepare to face their biggest challenges yet. To overcome it, they plan to seek out an ancient spell that will allow them to defeat Apophis, but tracking it down won’t be easy. There’s a reason the magic has been lost to the ages and Apophis isn’t going to let them dig it back up with any sort of ease. Their Brooklyn House allies are behind them, but with multiple forces moving against them, the question of what they might be able to achieve is certainly an open-ended one…
Rick Riordan’s skill for creating these worlds that are so neatly spun together with mythology never ceases to impress and amaze me. He tells original stories in vibrant worlds, drawing just the right amount of inspiration and information from the stories of the past without relying on them to the point that we just get a retelling of the mythical legends of old. Carter and Sadie have such strong character voices–particularly important when you tell something from a first person perspective.
Honestly, I was really only disappointed that this ended. I would have loved to have spent more time with these characters if there was room to do so.