The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan. A review of its perfection after the summary.
He’s b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sade 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.
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…
Summary from Goodreads!
DISCLAIMER: I am biased. More than usual, actually. I will tell you why: I love Rick Riordan’s books for teens/kids/anyone, really—but they’re marketed as middle grade books, I think. I have read the Percy Jackson series and I am eagerly (slowly dying) waiting for the third book of The Heroes of Olympus series, The Mark of Athena, which is out this fall. I also read the other two books of the Kane Chronicles (The Red Pyramid and The Throne of Fire) and I loved them (not as much as I love the Greek mythology works he’s written—but still, lots of love). That being said…
Here’s what I thought:
- First off, this book has stunning cover art. I bought a physical copy (no nook for something this important) and the cover feels smooth and beautiful. My book smells rather wonderful, too. *sniffs book again*
- I believe I’ve said this before of Riordan, but he’s got an awesome sense of humor. He’s just funny. Which kind of makes me wonder if he’s just naturally funny or if he has to revise his writing a bunch of times to make sure it’s funny. Either way, it works for me. I love reading his stuff.
- Another thing I love about Riordan? His characters, whether they be 12 or 18, are always empowered, in my opinion. This is true for this book as well. For instance, Sadie and Carter have to battle Chaos in order to save the world. These kids have admirable qualities (they’re brave, intelligent, loyal, etc) and they’re likable—you’re always rooting for them because they have heart.
- The action: perfect. It lets up at the right moments and leaves room for character development, yet picks up and takes you for an emotional roller-coaster ride—more likely than not, you’ll end up caring about all the characters and you will have all these feelings squished against each other, crowding your chest and trying to get out. I was proud of myself—no tears this time. (No, this book does not have a sad ending. It has a perfect ending.)
- I think this type of book is really good reading material for everyone. I mean, I’m 20 and I can’t get enough of these books. I will always be a die-hard Riordan fan.
- What I really wanted to say about this book, though, is that it is a delightful ending to the chronicles. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Also, the insinuations made at the end of this book made me very hopeful (no spoilers here, but if you’ve read it, then you know what I mean).
Do I recommend this series? I sure as hell do.
Also, if anyone has read this, message me. I need to talk to someone about this.