The Serpent's Shadow

Author: Rick Riordan
Pages: 406
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)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...

My Summary: It's only been a few months since their last battle with Apophis, but the Kanes are preparing themselves for the impending battle between the forces of Good and Chaos. With time running out, Sadie and Carter are struggling to keep control of the situation, and with Walt at Death's Door and Zia playing nanny to a senile Ra, it's all they can do not to throw in the towel. 
Their only chance is to follow a psychotic ghost - who's known for killing anyone naive enough to believe the tales he tells - into the Underworld and retrieve something that nobody has seen since the beginning of time...

My Thoughts: Once again, Mr. Riordan has managed to write a book that even the pickiest readers will enjoy! You know you've got a great book when even my younger brother will stay up late to finish the last couple of chapters, and I swear he didn't move for hours when he was reading this installment. Personally, I adored this series since the very beginning - Sadie and Carter were immensely likable and relatable characters, and their switching narration style is perfect for the story. Mr. Riordan, you sir are a genius - but you probably already knew that.

Loved the character development in this one! I've wanted to get to know Zia better since... well, I'm not going to spoil anything. Carter and Sadie grew up a lot in this installment as well - they recognized what their responsibilities were and didn't shy away from them. And don't even get me started on the laugh-out-loud moments! My favourite line was probably:

“There’s my baby!” I cried, quite carried away. “There’s my Poochiekins!”
Ammit ran at me and leaped into my arms, nuzzling me with his rough snout.
“My lord Osiris!” Disturber lost the bottom of his scroll again, which unraveled around his legs. “This is an outrage!”
“Sadie,” Dad said firmly, “please do not refer to the Devourer of Souls as Poochiekins.”

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this series - hell, all of Rick Riordan's works - to anyone and everyone, even if you don't enjoy mythology or paranormal YA. I swear you won't be disappointed!


  1. I LOVE Mythology! And I've read his first book the lighting thief! GREAT story! I will have to check out his other stuff as well!

  2. This looks SO good! I love the cover and psychotic ghost? Yes please! Awesome review. Good to know it's funny. Humor is always a plus with adventure books.


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