The Serpent's Shadow is book #3 in The Kane Chronicles series. It continues 6 months after book #2 The Throne of Fire where Carter & Sadie and friends had 5 days to find the sleeping retired sun god Ra and wake him after finding the 3 parts of the Book of Ra which has the spells necessary to awaken the sleeping God. If they can't wake Ra for help then the giant snake of chaos, Apophis, will escape from his prison, devour the sun, and destroy the order of the world.
Carter and Sadie are back once again this time Apophis has escaped his prison and is slowly picking off the other magician nomes around the world. It appears he is after copies of a specific scroll that may give insight on how to defeat him. However, before they can get to the last copy at the 51st nome exhibit in Dallas minions of Apophis destroys it as well. Lucky for Sadie a crazy magician (Setne) tells her if she helps him and retrieves a golden box then there is a possibility to still defeat Apophis. Unsure what the golden box even does she takes it from the Dallas exhibit and later turns out to be the shadow box of King Tut.
After much deliberating Carter and Sadie has decided that the only way to defeat Apophis is to execrate his shadow which would require great powers that they don't even have and even if they try the execration it may kill them. However, the only way to get the execration spell is from the Book of Thoth which only the evil psychotic magician Setne has. Sadie and Carter has to then make a deal that if Setne helps them retrieve the Book of Thoth then their dad/Osiris, the God of the afterlife, will take his good deeds into account when sending him to the afterlife.
Unfortunately, while Carter and Sadie are on their mission to find the Book of Thoth they find out that Sarah Jacobi and Kwai (delinquent rebel magicians) has secretly teamed up with Apophis and is trying to turn the other magicians against the Chief Lector, Amos Kane, by accusing him of being possessed by the God of evil Set.
Let me start off by saying this was a great series! I think that it was different from Riordan's usual work and it turned out to be enjoyable.
With that being said it did have its flaws. The character development could've used a little work, the world building could've been better, and the magic system could have been more detailed. I know he could've done more with the series but I can't help to wonder why he didn't? Maybe he lost interest in the Kane Chronicles after book one? I only wonder that because 1.) Rick usually writes 5 book series and this was a trilogy. 2.) The books got smaller as each book progressed. 3.) We all know he has the talent to take series and take them beyond just simple characters, okay magic/fighting system, and one deminision world building.. So why didn't he do that like he done with the PJs or HoO series?
Don't get me wrong I really liked the series but I didn't feel much connection to the characters and the series could've been better.
However, it was still a fun adventure, very different route than he usually takes, it was a unique concept and overall a great series to get you introduced to Egyptian Mythology!
Now to read the short story cross over: Demigods & Magicians: Percy and Annabeth Meet the Kanes
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