Reviewed by First Mate Keira

Title: The Serpent’s Shadow (Kane Chronicles, Book 3)
Author: Rick Riordan
Format: Hardback
Page Count: 416 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 10+

Summary: Carter and Sadie Kane are following the path of the Ancient Egyptian gods learning to harness their powers and join spirits. Their adventures are almost over because the end of the world is neigh. Chaos is taking over and Ma’at is out of whack. If the two of them can’t restore order and quick Apophis will swallow the sun and plunge the world into darkness.

Why I started this book:

I started this book because it was the final installment to the Kane Chronicles. There are spoilers.


  • The ties which bind the ghost. One word and you’re all tied up and made to shut up. I could use a few sets of those. lol 😉
  • Walt and Anubis combining their life forces was interesting. Another fait accompli by the author, but one that trussed up the love triangle in a way I haven’t read prior to this. Anubis keeps Walt alive; Walt gives Anubis a form he can inhabit to stay on the earth.


  • Zia which started out promising as a character has been largely neglected and then suddenly is Ra’s right hand woman. It was all too convenient.
  • The epic battle was flat despite taking place on multiple planes with multiple forces.
  • I did not like that the Walt/Anubis combo didn’t take on a new name because calling the boys “Walt” leaves Anubis out of the equation. I shall call this amalgamation Walbus.

Final Thoughts: As imaginative as Riordan’s Greek mythology series, but it never grabbed me in the same way.

Buy: The Serpent’s Shadow (The Kane Chronicles, Book 3)

Rating: 2.5 Treasure Chests

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