Overall, I was very pleased with this series. It never got boring for me despite the potentially repetitive nature of the duels. The characters were a...moreOverall, I was very pleased with this series. It never got boring for me despite the potentially repetitive nature of the duels. The characters were a little bit flat, but they were interesting enough for me to want to know what happened to them. I was a bit disappointed with the ending. (view spoiler)[I don't ever like it when the answer to a character arc is the removal of that character from everything. (hide spoiler)]It was well explained, but I just didn't like it.
The level of violence in these books never goes past what you would expect from a rated PG-13 movie. Since it is all drawn in a more cartoonish style, it is slightly less dramatic/gory than it would be if it was more realistic style. There is virtually no romance although there are several characters with large boobs. There is some censored cursing, but nothing more than that.["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I would strongly hesitate to put this in my YA collection (and we don't have an adult GN collection). The amount of sex in this is just too much for m...moreI would strongly hesitate to put this in my YA collection (and we don't have an adult GN collection). The amount of sex in this is just too much for my small community and even if the actual sex had been fade to black, the implication of it would have been a bit too obvious. There were some curse words as well if I remember correctly. A bit of violence, but nothing nearly as objectionable as the sex (especially the sexual assault in one of the stories).
All in all, I think this book would have done better at being for the target audience in a print format than in a graphic format (at least in communities like mine). The individual stories are interesting takes on old myths, but they were a bit more adult than necessary in my opinion.(less)
Not only was I disappointed because I pretty much knew what was going to happen in the big fight before it even happened, but the book was both too lo...moreNot only was I disappointed because I pretty much knew what was going to happen in the big fight before it even happened, but the book was both too long and not enough of an ending to the series. There was so much that needed to be solved in this book that I couldn't believe that it was the last book. Riordan didn't just start solving the loose ends from the previous two books, he added a couple of new ones increasing the amount of plot lines swirling around in this one.
The Sadie love triangle got weird. Full stop. I'm pretty sure that both of the main characters were too young to be starting forever relationships anyway, but they were both doing some weird things for their current love interest.
I just couldn't keep my head around the change in magnitude between the books either. In the first two, they traveled around the world, but were largely in a small group against the apocalypse. In this one, they were basically the government fighting a rebellion and the apocalypse. It just seemed like too much to cover in one book especially one book aimed at 8-13 year olds.
There is some kissing, but nothing else. Some people are killed, but it is mostly off screen and seemingly for impact. There isn't any cursing that I remember, just a lot of ranting against things being unfair. It is geared towards 8-13 year olds and it fits that category very well.(less)
I hope we see more of Shadi. Even though he was a pain for Yugi to deal with, I know he has more cool back story. I am also quite certain that his bac...moreI hope we see more of Shadi. Even though he was a pain for Yugi to deal with, I know he has more cool back story. I am also quite certain that his back story has something to do with "dark" Yugi's back story. The Capsule Monster Chess was an interesting game, but it was a bit unbelievable. I just can't imagine a beginner (even a king of games) knowing so much about each individual monster when the champion didn't. It was still a decent read though. Same level of language and violence, along with the same warning for American TV viewers.(less)
Gets an extra star for "dark" Yugi being less creepy and for the creator starting to be a bit more creative with keeping "dark" Yugi a secret from Yug...moreGets an extra star for "dark" Yugi being less creepy and for the creator starting to be a bit more creative with keeping "dark" Yugi a secret from Yugi's friends. Same level of violence and language, and still a bit more mature than the audience of the American TV show.(less)
I don't remember the "dark" Yugi being so creepy in the anime (and I saw the Japanese version). He gets this look on his face that reminds me of dolls...moreI don't remember the "dark" Yugi being so creepy in the anime (and I saw the Japanese version). He gets this look on his face that reminds me of dolls and clowns and other things you don't want to see right before you go to sleep. I do remember the Shadow Games though. Mostly they are fairly justified, although you can imagine that some one without magic would have a great deal more difficulty enacting any punishment on these kind of people much less a fitting one. The language and violence may be excessive for the audience that the show was targeted to, but there isn't really any sex or innuendo that I recall.(less)
I started out trying to read this in print, but it just didn't feel right. I finally got the audio version and it was much better. For one thing, desp...moreI started out trying to read this in print, but it just didn't feel right. I finally got the audio version and it was much better. For one thing, despite the mention of Sadie starting to lose her accent, I heard no evidence which was much more believable. There seemed to be less of the gods in this book which was slightly disappointing. There was more name dropping (lots of it including dozens that I'd never dreamed could have existed), but not a lot of interaction with Horus, Isis and Anubis (and especially Bast). I liked Bes, he's a great character (even though the "Boo" thing was a bit tiresome at the end), but he wasn't Bast or Anubis. I suppose it was because Sadie and Carter needed to learn how to be magicians without the gods in their heads, but it was still disappointing (we saw more of Set than Anubis).
I hate to say this because I think Walt had potential to be a decent character, but I didn't like him. His crush on Sadie absolutely ruined him for me. If he hadn't been interested in her, then he would have been a neat character with a cool, tragic back story.
I don't remember any kissing (and I think or anything else). Carter and Sadie both wish they could get kisses from their crushes, but I don't remember either of them succeeding. There wasn't any bad language that I recall although there was talk of the world ending and people dying. As for violence, the description of Menshikov's eyes and how he got his injuries is pretty icky though not terribly graphic. Some people die, someone is bitten and poisoned, there is talk of someone causing the tsunami in Thailand and various other disasters.
AND NOW FOR SPOILERS
Zia nearly suffered the same fate, but she mostly escapes because she was so awesome as a shapti and trying to figure out her own situation when Carter rescued her. The fact that she and Walt are somehow connected to Ra was something I guessed, but was really ticked off to be denied a resolution for at the end of the book.
I really hate the fact that authors have to get you attached to characters in order to make it hurt when something bad happens to them. I knew nothing good could come of learning a game where you have to gamble. I knew nothing good could come of having to pass through certain parts of the Houses of Night (or whatever they were called) at certain times. I was a bit surprised that a moon god would be capable of changing time. Of course, I didn't know that little fact about Egyptian mythology so it would be surprising. It did make some sense and I can't really think of anything else that an Egyptian could use other than a god of time, so I guess it works. It was just a giant sucker punch that it had to go down like that.(less)
The audio format is pretty well perfect for this book since it is written as a transcript of an audio recording. The only problem I have with this tra...moreThe audio format is pretty well perfect for this book since it is written as a transcript of an audio recording. The only problem I have with this transcript idea is that the two narrators remember things too exactly to be telling the story after the fact. As a story though, all the detail just makes it flow better. I had trouble with the narrators at first because the person speaking for Sadie did not sound like a 12 year old at all, but I got used to the voices and enjoyed their telling of the story. I loved all the mythology involved and can't wait for the next book to see where the story goes. I especially loved the explanation behind all the weird relationships between the gods in the myths.(less)