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The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan

The Serpent's Shadow

Book Info

Title: The Serpent’s Shadow (Kane Chronicles, Book 3)
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: May 1, 2012
Pages: 406
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

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.

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

9067850Title: The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles, Book 2)
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: May 3, 2011
Pages: 452
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
Publisher Link: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review:

Carter and Sadie Kane recently learned the surprising and life-changing history of their family. But they won’t get much time to process it as Apophis is rising and the rest of the House of Life isn’t keen on helping them stop him. The only solution seems to be finding and reviving Ra, but doing so may mean embarking on their most perilous journey yet. But can they do it before Apophis breaks free–something that seems inevitable to happen in just a few days’ time?

Of course, I love these books. Modern takes on mythology always interest me and Rick Riordan puts these stories together in such an organic and interesting way. There’s a bit more action in this book than the first, but I also think it provides an opportunity to better understand the way in which the Egyptian pantheon exists in the Kanes’ world. I was definitely left looking forward to seeing how things wrap up for them in the final book of the trilogy…

Title: The Red Pyramid
Author: Rick Riordan
Publication Date: May 4, 2010

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
In one night, the lives of Carter and Sadie Kane are changed forever. After their father releases Egyptian gods that have been imprisoned for centuries and is taken captive by one of them, they find themselves on the run in world they barely know. They quickly learn the history of their family and are forced toward a destiny they never wanted nor expected.

I’ve been enjoying the Percy Jackson series, so I definitely had to pick this up and give it a try. My personal love of mythology and ancient culture just seems to keep being fed well by Rick Riordan’s books. And the masterful way he presents this book in first person – alternating between the two very distinct voices of Carter and Sadie – makes it very easy to get drawn into the world of the Kanes. There were a few parts I thought were just a bit slow – hence the rating of 4 instead of 5 – but I highly, highly recommend this and plan to pick up the second book once I’m caught up on the Heroes of Olympus series.