Friday, June 8, 2012

Review: The Serpent's Shadow - Rick Riordan

The Serpent's Shadow
by Rick Riordan
Middle Grade
Read From: May 12, 2012 - May 18, 2012

The Red Pyramid starts off with a big bang and ends with a lot of promise. The Throne of Fire begins with an even bigger bang and ends with even more promise. And The Serpent’s Shadow is every bit what we fans have been expecting, from beginning to end. It could be argued that the storyline is the exact same as Book Two, but Riordan manages to make it feel new.

The only thing that even slightly irritated me was the love triangle between Sadie, Walt, and Anubis. At first Sadie’s fascination with Anubis was kind of funny because Sadie’s sarcasm kept it that way, but by Book Three, it gets a tiny bit old. Anubis can’t show up without Sadie drooling at the mouth. But I will say this: if Riordan simply had to put a love triangle in, he did it the only way he could without it being 100% irritating. Walt and Anubis never get into it, at least.

Despite that, the conclusion of The Kane Chronicles is perfect. The final battle is satisfying, Riordan kills the right number of characters to add a bit of bittersweet, and events tie everything up while maintaining a foreshadowing of a possible spin-off series. As a fan of this series, I was not one bit disappointed.

Others in The Kane Chronicles:
1)The Red Pyramid
2)The Throne of Fire
3)The Serpent's Shadow

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