Monday, 27 January 2020

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 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 fulfils its destiny in this thrilling conclusion to the Kane Chronicles.



Audiobook

Narrated by: 
Jane Collingwood & Joseph May


10 hrs and 49 mins


Alternating first-person.


Yes, you need to have read the first two books in the trilogy otherwise... What's the point?


Nope! Final book and everything is concluded nicely.


Magical battles for the fate of the world.
Yes, there's violence but it's appropriate for the audience and the books are targetted at middle-grade.


Another few months have passed since the events in The Throne of Fire. The death of the previous chief lector and the appointment of the new chief lector has caused a schism in the House of Life that has serious implications in the battle against Apophis and the forces of Chaos.
Carter and Sadie Kane are once again thrust onto the front lines in the war against Chaos and desperately searching for a way to eradicate Apophis - and save the world - before it is too late…

With The Serpent’s Shadow being the final book in the Kane Chronicles, I knew that it was going to be one hell of a ride but I wasn’t quite prepared for how emotional this final journey with the Kane siblings would be!
From the first chapter to the last there was action, magic and drama. Love, loyalty and sacrifice.
A raging cacophony of emotions that has you paralysed to turn off the audiobook or stop reading! It’s full on and a whole load of fun! A wild ride, peppered with touching intimate moments, from the beginning all the way to the end and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

I thought Riordan did a fantastic job of wrapping up this story while leaving the House of Life - and the Kanes - in a place where future stories could be born.
I’m sad that it’s over but so so happy that I got to enjoy it.
Percy and his nutty band of Olympians will always be number one for me but the Kanes have won a special place in my book loving heart.

I recommend this series to those who love mythology, to those who love fantastical adventures, to those who enjoy middle-grade books, and to those seeking diversity in their stories. The Kane Chronicles has it all and so much more.

Oh! And if you listen to it on audio, you’ll get the added pleasure of fantastic narrators who effortlessly bring it all to life! Double win!


No. I don't like the cover.
The US version of the cover is much more fun and representative of a key point in the story.


“Met them. Killed them. Got the T-shirt.”

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“For what it’s worth: trust your feelings. I can’t promise that you’ll never get hurt again, but I can promise you the risk is worth it.”

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“A person's shadow stood for his legacy, his impact on the world. Some people cast hardly any shadow at all. Some cast long, deep shadows that endured for centuries.”

2 comments:

  1. This is the one (okay not the only one) series of his I haven't read that I've been meaning too! I so need to get one it.

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    1. It's a good one! I liked it a lot.
      I've got to read The Norse series now and The Trials of Apollo. I've missed the Greek/Roman demigods so much!

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