What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan

I can't believe this series is over. It's been so much fun for me to listen to! (I've experienced all three of the Kane Chronicles books as audiobooks. I haven't yet cracked a spine on any of them).

Here's the 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...

What I Liked: 1) Mr. Riordan always amazes me with his knowledge of the mythology he uses in his books. He must spend soooo much time researching it. I feel like I learn new things when I am reading these works of fiction, and that's a huge deal. Not that I don't learn things from other books, but the way these are written just makes it so easy to absorb the knowledge without feeling like you're being taught something. Clever, Mr. Riordan, since I think these books are primarily MG. 2) Alternating POV. The POV alternates in the first two books as well, but throughout most of this book, the two narrators, Carter and Sadie Kane are going opposite directions. So it's completely necessary. But you get so much more out of the story this way. I love this brother and sister relationship. I feel like it's really rare in a book that you get a sibling relationship that is as developed as this. In the story, I mean. Sadie and Carter are both MCs, instead of one sibling being the MC, and the other being a secondary character, so you get to know them both really well, and from that, you get to see how they react to one another as siblings. It kind of reminded me of my sibs and I. When we were, ya know, younger. 3) Walt and Anubis. This was, well, I figured it out towards the end. But still. I liked the way it all turned out for Sadie. 4)The narrators. The narrators for this story pull it off so perfectly. They manage to make their voices sound like they are teenagers, and even when they have to read for the other person, it still manages to sound great. They alter their tones for the different characters so well that you would have sworn there was a different person reading each part. Big thumbs up!

What I Didn't Like: Well, I'm sad it's over. I keep thinking that perhaps there could be another book, with the way things were left. But who knows...

Overall thoughts: A fabulous end to a really fun trilogy! These are absolute perfect books to enjoy as audiobooks because the narrators put so much care into how they tell the story. They really do it justice. And the story itself is full of so much magic, excitement, and unique cultural details that it really comes to life.

My Rating: 5 shots


  1. I haven't read any of this series. It sounds like it is well written and the characters and story are all very great. Maybe sometime I will get around to it.

    1. I really love this series, I've listened to it several times, so I hope you do get the chance to read and enjoy! It's one of those that I also recommend as an audiobook, because the narrators are just fantastic!


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