Title: The Serpent’s Shadow
Author: Rick Riordan
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Genre: MG Fantasy
Publisher: Hyperion Book
Rating: 4/5 stars
How I got it: Pre-order on Amazon
Summary (from Barnes & Noble): He’s b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sadie 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. The Kanes’ only hope is an ancient spell that might turn the serpent’s own shadow into a weapon, but the magic has been lost for a millennia. 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.
Review: Okay, so full disclosure I’m obsessed with Rick Riordan’s books. I devoured the Percy Jackson series in less than a week and have continued to follow those characters in the Heroes of Olympus series. So, it’s no surprise I was immediately drawn into the world of the Kane’s as well.
It took me a bit to get used to the narrative style that these trilogy is told in, as it’s treated as if it’s a transcript of a recording made by the Kane siblings Carter and Sadie. However, once you get into it the narration flows smoothly, even with the siblings taking turns relating the story in a first person narrative. I love that you get to be inside both of their head’s and get a better understanding of what drives them to complete the quests and save the world.
One of my favorite things about this book was the Sadie-Walt-Anubis love triangle, after all not many other love triangles feature a Egyptian God, a dying boy and a young teenage girl. The way Riordian wraps this up is fascinating and so perfect, all while being a complete plot twist that you hadn’t seen coming. And just to make sure Carter isn’t left out on his own he’s got his own romantic troubles with Zia to deal with. Ahh, young teenagers in love, is there anything more awkward or more entertaining? I think not!
As with the previous books in this series, The Red Pyramid and The Throne of Fire, the book makes sure to slip plenty of snark, witty one liners and just plain silliness in among the race against time to save the world from utter destruction. I honestly don’t think I’ve laughed harder in a book in recent memory than I did in regards to Felix and his Penguins. The mental image it created was pure amusement (I may have a thing for penguins..) and gave the right amount of lightheartedness to an otherwise tense and scary situation.
I definitely recommend picking up this series if you enjoy Harry Potter or the Percy Jackson books. It’s an easy, fun read that kept me entertained all the way thorugh!