Book Review – The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan


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. Nothing less than the mortal world is at stake when the Kane family fulfills its destiny in this thrilling conclusion to the Kane Chronicles.


My Review
5 out of 5 stars

This was definitely my favorite book from this trilogy. I’m honestly really sad to see this series come to an end. I am so used to Riordan having longer series, like the PJO and HOO series. I was really starting to care for these characters and now it’s over.

This book was pretty fast paced and something is always going on, so I was able to finish it quickly. I could feel the suspense and sense of dread building with the final battle approaching. I am happy for the most part with the way the book ended. There were a couple things I wish had been different, but everyone seemed to be happy at the end, so that’s all that matters.

My favorite quote from this entire series came from Bast at the end of this book.
“Oh, my kittens. If I could, I would pick you up by the scruffs of your necks and carry you forever.”

I cried like a baby after I read that line. Bast was one of my favorite characters and I am really going to miss her a lot. I’m not someone who rereads books, but I can see myself going back and reading these books so I can visit with these characters again.

All in all, I’m really glad I read these books and am looking forward to moving on and reading the Magnus Chase books.

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