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The Serpent's Shadow

(The Kane Chronicles #3)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  143,664 ratings  ·  6,090 reviews
He's b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sadie 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 di ...more
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Hyperion Books
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(B) 75% | More than Satisfactory
Notes: Perfunctory, like playing video games with cheat codes. Characters are empty shells of quirky garb and stock clichés.
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
*edit, a few years later* Please excuse the unrestrained, hysterical ranting below. It was late and I was twelve.


AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! WHY DOES THIS HAVE TO BE ONLY A TRILOGY?!?!?!?!? DARN DARN DARN DARN DARN!!!!!!!!!!! 5 OR AT LEAST 4 BOOKS PLEEEAAAAAAAAAZEEEEEE RICK RIORDAN!!!!!!!!!!!!! MORE MORE MORE!!!!!!! S&A S&A S&AS&AS&AS&AS&AS&AS&A ARGH ARGH ARGH ARGH ARGH ARGH!!!!!!!! "The Kane Chronicles is currently set to be a trilogy, making this the final installment. It is currently untitled a
Ninzy Flores
can't believe this is the last !
*puts an Imperius curse on Riordan*
*Imperio! don't end the Kane Chronicles series!*

--> hahaha =) well that sounded really lame .
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Serpent's Shadow (Kane Chronicles, #3), Rick Riordan
The Serpent's Shadow is a 2012 fantasy adventure novel based on Egyptian mythology written by American author Rick Riordan. It is the third and final novel in The Kane Chronicles series. This book begins six months after the events of the preceding novel, when Carter Kane and Sadie Kane travel to the 51st nome, Dallas, with their initiates and meet J.D. Grissom, the leader of the nome. They tell him that they need a magic scroll from the Ki
destiny ♡ howling libraries
#1 The Red Pyramid ★★★★☆
#2 The Throne of Fire ★★★☆☆
#3 The Serpent's Shadow ★★★☆☆

“A person's shadow stood for his legacy, his impact on the world. Some people cast hardly any shadow at all. Some cast long, deep shadows that endured for centuries.”

Ahh... and finally, the series comes to an end. What a roller coaster ride of a trilogy, my friends. I spent the first book falling in love, the second book gradually feeling less and less pleased with this series, and the final book wishing it would jus
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Ok, now I have to wait for this too!?! Still waiting till the The Son of Neptune comes out!
Well, not that too many months away I guess. I wonder if there will be anymore hints about the Manhattan side of the river.....
My brother thinks it would be pretty cool if the Kanes met Percy....

WOW!!!! Just saw the COVER!!!! BEST. ONE. YET. CANNOT WAIT!!!!!

AWESOMEAWESOMEAWESOME!!!!! Rick Riordan has done it again. Really wraps up this trilgoy...with hints to a possible follow-up.
Daelyn Bentley-Gottel
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING!!!!! as usual. Not as much split-your-side humor in this one, but the chapter titles are still hilarious and there are some awesome one-liners in here. Oh, and don't even forget the Sadie-Walt-Anubis triangle. Can you say PLOT TWIST? Definitely didn't see that coming, but I loved it. There are several twists that will make you devour the book, and it's totally worth it.5 stars, no doubt. ...more
Aj the Ravenous Reader
An amazing finale to a series I've come to love. Although I will miss Sadie and Carter so bad, I know they belong to characters I certainly will not forget. I wouldn't mind reading the series all over again to be reminded. :) ...more
Nels Paulson
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
The one and only issue with the book is that we know from the very beginning that we win. It basically starts saying sorry, but at least we stopped doomsday. Even that, because of the tone of the books, really isn't that big of a deal. The series is fun and entertaining. It is chalked with brother sister relationship fun.

And best of all they hint at the End that there are other gods out there that they might encounter. As in the series, they already hinted that this is the same exact world Percy
Helen 2.0
More like 2.5 stars. Good, but not great. I was underwhelmed by the ending and thus don't really have much to say.

I will comment on the final relationship between Sadie, Walt, and Anubis. Sadie being torn between the two was a pretty big conflict since the last book, but her just taking BOTH felt like no resolution at all. Does it count as polyandry if Walt/Anubis are more like 1.5 people than 2 people?
Ryan Buckby
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
actual rating: 4.5/5 stars

For what it’s worth: trust your feelings. I can’t promise that you’ll never get hurt again, but I can promise you the risk is worth it.

Well its safe to say that i'm really satisfied with how this trilogy ended and that all the loose ends were all tied up and that this story is finally finished for me.

Plot: This last book starts off with a bang *literally* Sadie and Carter get themselves into a spot of trouble when trying to get one of the missing pages which resul
Ardent Reader
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it
And the series is finished.
Glad to finish this trilogy.
Didn't enjoy as the percy jackson series.
Since I'm a big fan of Riordan's books, I'll recommend the series to read.
Jun 10, 2011 marked it as to-not-read
I'm so glad he's making this a trilogy and he's not going to continue the series for ages and ages and never end it. If that was the case, you can kiss THE THRONE OF FIRE off my reading list. ...more
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star
The soul of this entire series was Sadie. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was amazing, she gave her so much life.
And the Anubis + Walt thing was such a nice twist on love triangles!
Bogdan Teodorescu
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-fiction
Soo, I'm really glad to say that this was the best book of the series :)). It really impressed me. I wasn't expecting at very much since the first two book weren't at that "Rick level". But this was veery good. And... like I said it before, Walt Stone is officially my favorite character :).

After all, the book was a good read and the plot was really nice. I never expected (view spoiler) to come back!! Never! But it was cool. It was pretty predictable that Walt was going to "be
Charisse Aguiluz
EDIT: 01/13/13 Just saw how wrong some of my grammar were in this review and how I did not properly explained why I only gave this book 2 stars. So, I guess I shall rewrite it. Anyway, as of now, I shall warn you about this review I wrote. 1st: It is angsty. 2nd: there are a lot of wrong grammars. 3rd: I failed to explain my side logically. 4th: I think I misunderstood the ending (but that still didn't change my perspective to this whole trilogy). 5th: If you LOVE the ending of this book, I re ...more
Mar 08, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this series ❤️
The third (and hopefully not final) instalment in the series, The Serpent's Shadow brings to light the upcoming apocalypse. Except, it isn't upcoming. It's here. The showdown we've all been waiting for - Apophis vs Ra, The Way of the Gods vs the House of Life, Good vs Evil and Protein Bars vs Macho Nachos. But, as usual, nothing goes to plan.

The Kanes face a dilemma. Apophis, using the power of Chaos, is slowly destroying the artefacts that could lead to his destruction. When the Book of Overcom
Vampress Bathory
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved it, obviously, but of course there isn't a book written by Rick Riordan that I don end up loving so there's that.
I like mythology in general, but there is something about Ancient Egypt that makes my nerdy heart go boom boom boom chica boom so I feel like The Kane Chronicles was written epecially for me. Ha! I wish! I loved all the characters be them good or evil. Yes, I admit that I find Set really funny :)). Besides Carter and Sadie I also adored Zia, Ra, Bast and Bes and omg be still
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Um well frigging amazing!! Any fans of rick? Well have you read the lost hero and remember the awesome aphrodite kids that helped piper and then there was drew well... Just like the first line on the back of the book THEY ARE BACK!!!! And apperently Sadie is all buddy buddy with Lucy and hates drew... Just one more reason I wish Sadie Kane was real so I could hug her! And OMG!!!! Zia and Carter!!! Now we need a awesome name like percabeth(Percy Annabeth) or Jipper( Jason piper) or even Peo(piper ...more
A_ bookbound _soul
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, siblings
Nerve wreaking and full of adrenaline rush. This one is my favourite from the Kane Chronicles Series. Love triangles are one of my pet peeves but I liked it in this one. At some point the book became quite predictable though. Walt hosting Anubis, I saw that one coming already. There was no character development in the series . It is a good treat for Rick Riordan fans.
Brigid ✩
Jan 12, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: mythology
OH BOY. The third Kane Chronicles book! (And the last one too, I think ... AAAAH.) Pretty cover. It has a giant phallus in the background. I mean, the Washington Monument.
Aug 27, 2021 rated it liked it
The Serpent's Shadow is the third, and final, installment of The Kane Chronicles. It was an interesting and fast paced series to randomly dive into. Yes, I mean randomly because I totally forgot that I added these books to my TBR but one day I just came across the first book and decided it was time to dive into it.

From there, meeting Carter and Sadie was a tornado on fire kind of experience. The adventures they went on sort of kept me on my toes but left me endless unanswered questions. Each boo
APOPHIS : the mighty red snake/ the Lord of Chaos/ the swallower of the Sun/ the architect of doomsday/ the initiator of the Apocalypse/ the writhing, fuming, hissing gargantuan reptile that makes dear ol’Nagini look like an earthworm that wriggled out on a rainy day....yep, ol’Apophis has risen.

And the only people who have a fighting chance against him are the young brother-sister duo of Carter and Sadie Kane. The twosome are strong Egyptian magicians, who follow the paths of Horus and Isis res
Raoufa Ibrahim
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: myth, books-i-own
Actual rating: 4.5

FINALLY I've finished this book.. Almost 3 months! Not because it's boring or something but because of a reading slump! Horrible thing :/
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
This review has also been cross-posted on my Happy Indulgence Blog, check it out for more reviews!

Carter and Sadie Kane are descendents of the House of Life, an Egyptian temple of magic. In The Red Pyramid and The Throne of Fire, the Kanes learnt to command their unique abilities and revived the sun god Ra, a worthy opponent to the god of chaos, Apophis. In the third and final installment of this electrifying trilogy, Apophis is hell bent on bringing forth the end of days, and the Kanes have a
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
1- This five star rating I gave this book, is not the same 5-star that I gave The Lord of Rings or Blindness or many other books. So this doesn't necessarily mean that this book can be compared to them. It's just means that the book was as good as I expected it to be.

2- I - MOSTLY - like the romances and the relationships in Riordan's books. They're cute and not much unbearable. Stories of Sadie with Anubis/Walt and Carter with Zia was good and understandable, even when (view spoiler)
Jules ♈  (witchyrover)
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: egyptian-gods and rick lovers
The Serpent's Shadow is the third and last installment of the Kane Chronicles Series. An end-of-the-world scenario that must be fixed by the Kane teens before the bad guy, Apophis, deals up a huge blow to life as we know it. It’s a recipe for high adventure and self-discovery for Carter and Sadie, who have been thrust into roles well beyond their wildest imagination in the first two books. Now it’s time to lay everything on the line and seal the deal.

To be honest, it took me a while to get my ha
3.5 stars

Well that was a fun ride! Having started off sluggishly, the (supposed) trilogy didn't exactly end with a bang, but there were quite some fireworks in there nonetheless.

I say "supposed" because the very last paragraph in the book hints at a Heroes Of Olympus/Kane Chronicles crossover (I have a feeling we're going to run into Setne and the Book of Thoth pretty soon - say, September 2012?)! That should be interesting :)
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
a bit predictable but it was good, rapped up everything neatly!!!
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