The Serpent’s Shadow

The third (and final) book of The Kane Chronicles deals with Carter and Sadie’s attempts to stop Apophis from destroying the entire world with Chaos. This book definitely improves on the first two in that it feels like the characters have really matured (and it wasn’t as painful to read). Rick Riordan definitely did a superb job in wrapping up this series and giving a very satisfying climax to this story.

Like in all of Riordan’s books, Carter and Sadie have only a couple days to run around the globe (and through the Duat) to save the world from eminent destruction. This time their quest involves finding the shadow of Apophis, which they will use to execrate him.

In the downtime of their adventures, Carter and Sadie also have to deal with relationship dramas. Carter and Zia finally get to hang out (she’s been busy over in Egypt taking care of the senile god Ra). They also get tasked with watching the notorious criminal of Egypt—Setne (who is by far the best thing about the book). Riordan created a very compelling villain in Setne and I would love to see him get his only stand alone book or something.

Sadie has her own dramas in her love triangle with dying Walt and god of the dead Anubis. The gods forbid Sadie to see Anubis any more because they are too close to getting hot and heavy (god-human relationships are more forbidden in Egyptian mythology than Greco-Roman mythologies). Walt has also been attempting to keep Sadie distanced from him since his inevitable end is only hours away. Sadie is frustrated by both of them (even more so when she learns that they’ve been planning something together and haven’t told her).

There are the usual twists and turns and character-defining moments, and Riordan manages to make them feel fresh. Although he officially closes the story, he does leave some open-endedness in the story for more stories. Personally, I would like to see Riordan do a stand-alone story that doesn’t revolve around the entire world’s destruction. He also hints at other kinds of gods in the world (a clear reference to his other books that deal with the Greco-Roman gods); I would really enjoy seeing some form of crossover adventure with the Percy Jackson et al and the Kane siblings (but only after he’s finished the Heroes of Olympus opus).

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