Friday, March 22, 2013

Book Review: The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan

The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Publication date: May 2012
Length: 11 hrs 23 min
Source: Audiobook from library
For: Fun
Series: Kane Chronicles, Book 3

*Spoilers for the first two books are very likely*
Apophis, the Lord of Chaos, just can't seem to be defeated and Carter and Sadie Kane must go to extreme measures to ensure the survival of the world. But it seems like they may have to do it alone, what with so many other battles going on among the magicians and gods. Can they find a way to defeat Apophis before it's too late?

Things I Liked:
I just love Rick Riordan's smart, twisty, and funny stories and especially the witty dialog.  I always find myself entertained from the first to the last when I read (or in this case, listen to) his stories.  I love the interaction between the two siblings in this series, since it feels very much like a regular sibling relationship, just with some added godly drama going on.  I can't say enough good about the narrators, Katherine Kellgren and Kevin R. Free - their interactions are pitch perfect.  I'm super glad I listened to this series, since I think it lends itself very well to the format.  A fantastic and entertaining finale to the Kane Chronicles.

Things I Didn't Like:
I think a few times I recall wondering just how perilous things could get.  It does stretch the plausibility (not that the premise is intended to be truly plausible), but near the end I began to really raise my eyebrows at some of the stuff that happens.  Still, I really was just entertained by this book and series.  Highly recommended!

Start with The Red Pyramid and The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

Pretty much reads like any other Riordan series

s-factor: none

mrg-factor: none

v-factor: ->
some, but not overwhelming

Overall rating: ****

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  1. Thanks for the review. I haven't read these books yet.

    1. Hopefully you'll get a chance to try them out!

  2. Light and fun is always good.

    1. It makes for a nice break from the super dark and dangerous and depressing books :)

  3. This is A very good book.I would recommend reading The Red Pyramid and The Throne Of Fire before reading this book.SWEET!

    Cath Brookes (Skagway)


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