Title: The Serpent's Shadow
Series: Kane Chronicles #3
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: 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...
I really wish I had reread the first two books in this trilogy before I started this one. It had been long enough that were some gaps, but by the end I was mostly where I needed to be.
I’ve never read a book by Rick Riordan I didn’t like, and this was no exception. Of his three series, this one is, while not my favorite, the one that is written for the oldest audience. Carter and Sadie Kane have grown so much over the course of this series. I love it when characters who are supposed to be heroes actually grow into it, rather than suddenly falling into it overnight. It’s more realistic and makes for a much better story.
I am sad to see this trilogy end, but it ended magnificently. All of the major story-lines were wrapped up neatly, but just enough was left open that he can continue the series later a la Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus.