The Serpent's Shadow (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Kane Chronicles Series #3)

The Serpent's Shadow (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Kane Chronicles Series #3)

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by Rick Riordan
     
 

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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

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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 divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos. The Kanes' only hope is an ancient spell that might turn the serpent's own shadow into a weapon, but the magic has been lost for a millennia. 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.

Nothing less than the mortal world is at stake when the Kane family fulfills its destiny in this thrilling conclusion to the Kane Chronicles.

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Joined by the Egyptian gods who helped them in previous books (The Red Pyramid, rev. 7/10; The Throne of Fire, rev. 9/11) as well as their fellow teen magicians Zia and Walt, Sadie and Carter Kane face the culmination of peril in this third volume in the Kane Chronicles. Apophis, the Serpent of Chaos, is attempting to achieve his legendary goal of swallowing the Sun God, Ra, and destroying all creation. If Sadie and Carter can collect the knowledge and tools they need from journeys to ancient sites in Egypt and the Duat, the Egyptian underworld, they might be able to perform a spell of banishment on him-but they could just as easily burn themselves out in a spell of such power. As they solve puzzles and fight demons, the siblings grow in confidence and ability. Their wry asides and comedic takes on their predicament keep them accessible to their adventure-loving audience, many of whom will enjoy the romantic byplay between Carter and Zia and between Sadie and Walt. Although little is new in this iteration of Riordan's universe, the climax soundly delivers, and the denouement hints at possible future overlap with foreign gods. Paging Percy Jackson? -anita l. burkam—Horn Book

3Q 4P M The third book in the Kane Chronicles series, The Serpent's Shadow opens with a sense of intrigue. An unnamed narrator claims to be transcribing audio recordings left behind by siblings, Carter and Sadie Cane. A mysterious introduction draws readers in right away-the narrator claims, "The tape arrived at my home in a charred box perforated with claw and teeth marks that my local zoologist could not identify." What adventure-loving teen could fail to be drawn in with such a start? As the story progresses, the siblings continue their study of ancient Egyptian writings and spells, both of which frequently come in handy as they fight against the wrath of evil gods and solicit the help of a few friendly ones. The fast pace and time travel will appeal to readers who like adventure reads. Not only does Riordan keep the plot moving along through 400 pages, he does a good job of balancing the story for new readers and fans of the series. There is enough backstory to keep first-time Riordan readers informed, but not so much that this tale gets bogged down. A solid adventure read, The Serpent's Shadow will have additional appeal to teens who are interested in Egyptian mythology.-Anna Foote.—VOYA

Riordan's Kane Chronicles trilogy concludes with a smash, as Carter and Sadie Kane once again try to save the world from the forces of Chaos. The giant Chaos snake Apophis and his rebel magician allies are on the rise. Luckily, Carter and Sadie Kane are back, ready to fight Apophis and restore Ma'at, the order of the universe. The ghost of an ancient psychotic magician offers help: Find the shadow of Apophis, capture it and use it for an execration spell that will pop the evil god so far into the Duat-the magical realm that coexists with our world-that he will never return. As in the previous volumes-The Red Pyramid (2010) and The Throne of Fire (2011)-the tale is told in the alternating and still-fresh voices of Sadie and Carter. Beyond the explosive action and fireworks, Riordan deftly develops the theme of the duality of the universe-order versus chaos, living a normal life versus risking the extraordinary, being protected by parents versus growing up and stepping out of their shadows. A rousing adventure with plenty of magic and food for thought. Other gods and future stories are hinted at in the conclusion; in the meantime, Riordan's The Kane Chronicles Survival Guide is available to maintain the spell. (glossary, list of gods and goddesses) (Fantasy. 10-14)—Kirkus

Children's Literature - Heather Kinard
Carter and Sadie Kane are young magicians who are the human world's only hope in defeating the Chaos snake, Apophis. After losing their closest family members, Carter and Sadie and their band of misfit magicians are left alone to fight the battle to restore order to the Ma'at. Everywhere they turn, Apophis is wreaking havoc. The latest attack destroyed the King Tut exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art and killed many innocent people. Carter and Sadie are running out of time and ideas. There is only one possible way to stop Apophis, but it is extremely dangerous and no one is sure if it will really work. If they can find the shadow of the evil serpent, they may be able to use it as a weapon against the snake. The problem is that they must trust the psychopathic ghost of a powerful magician to lead them to the hidden shadow. With only three days left before the earth's destruction, the brother and sister team decide they have no other choice and must trust the ghost. Risking their lives they embark on an adventure to face monsters and evil gods in a battle that will test them to their limits. When it looks as if all hope is lost and there cannot be a happy ending the band of misfits is surprised by the unexpected help they receive, and soon discover they are stronger than they thought. This book has humor, excitement, adventure, and even a little romance. It is the third and final book in the "Kane Chronicles" trilogy and will keep readers on the edge of their seat. While the book could stand on its own, it would definitely be helpful to have read the previous two books in the series. Reviewer: Heather Kinard
VOYA - Anna Foote
The third book in the Kane Chronicles series, The Serpent's Shadow opens with a sense of intrigue. An unnamed narrator claims to be transcribing audio recordings left behind by siblings, Carter and Sadie Cane. A mysterious introduction draws readers in right away—the narrator claims, "The tape arrived at my home in a charred box perforated with claw and teeth marks that my local zoologist could not identify." What adventure-loving teen could fail to be drawn in with such a start? As the story progresses, the siblings continue their study of ancient Egyptian writings and spells, both of which frequently come in handy as they fight against the wrath of evil gods and solicit the help of a few friendly ones. The fast pace and time travel will appeal to readers who like adventure reads. Not only does Riordan keep the plot moving along through 400 pages, he does a good job of balancing the story for new readers and fans of the series. There is enough backstory to keep first-time Riordan readers informed, but not so much that this tale gets bogged down. A solid adventure read, The Serpent's Shadow will have additional appeal to teens who are interested in Egyptian mythology. Reviewer: Anna Foote
Kirkus Reviews
Riordan's Kane Chronicles trilogy concludes with a smash, as Carter and Sadie Kane once again try to save the world from the forces of Chaos. The giant Chaos snake Apophis and his rebel magician allies are on the rise. Luckily, Carter and Sadie Kane are back, ready to fight Apophis and restore Ma'at, the order of the universe. The ghost of an ancient psychotic magician offers help: Find the shadow of Apophis, capture it and use it for an execration spell that will pop the evil god so far into the Duat--the magical realm that coexists with our world--that he will never return. As in the previous volumes--The Red Pyramid (2010) and The Throne of Fire (2011)--the tale is told in the alternating and still-fresh voices of Sadie and Carter. Beyond the explosive action and fireworks, Riordan deftly develops the theme of the duality of the universe--order versus chaos, living a normal life versus risking the extraordinary, being protected by parents versus growing up and stepping out of their shadows. A rousing adventure with plenty of magic and food for thought. Other gods and future stories are hinted at in the conclusion; in the meantime, Riordan's The Kane Chronicles Survival Guide is available to maintain the spell. (glossary, list of gods and goddesses) (Fantasy. 10-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423140573
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Series:
Kane Chronicles Series, #3
Edition description:
B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
48,457
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile:
690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Rick Riordan (www.rickriordan.com) is the author of the # 1 New York Times best-selling The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero; The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two: The Son of Neptune; the #1 New York Times best-selling The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid; The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: The Throne of Fire; as well as the five books in the #1 New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
San Antonio, TX
Date of Birth:
June 5, 1964
Place of Birth:
San Antonio, TX
Education:
B.A. in English and History, University of Texas

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The Serpent's Shadow (Kane Chronicles Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 2128 reviews.
Leah-books More than 1 year ago
I am a teen and love this series!!! Such an awesome story line. Finished it very quickly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like fantasy, action, humor, and suspense, this is the perfect book. It has all these traits, plus short descriptions, so you don't have to read a whole paragraph of desccription.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all you people who love Rick Riordans books. I can only say how much appreciation and hard work will go to that book and enjoyment from people all around the world. I will also prefer a trilogies from the author, S. Collins like " the hunger games" and ect. Furthermore i cant wait for the last book of Rick Riordans, Kane Chronicles Trilogy. Keep on reading and hope you will enjoy the book as much as i probally will.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read this book yet but I really liked "Red Pyramid" and "Throne of Fire" so I guarantee that I and any other lover of Rick Riordan will like "Serpent's Shadow" as much as I liked the first two books in the " Kane Chronicles" sereis. (I rated this book five stars becauseof what I think of the two pevious books in the sereis not this one.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, a couple of days ago, when i was on Riordan's blogon his website I went to the part where people asked questions. So,someone asked if he was going to cross The Heroes of Olympus with The Kane Chronicles, and Riordan replied that that idea could happen but it would be far in the future. He said, it would have to be after he finished the Norse series and the Heroes of Olympus series. He said he couls also make a new Kane adventure or a new adventure about camp half-blood but these series would also be far down the road. That being said, it is not impossible thay he could continue with the
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its gonna be so good! He wraps everything up at the end so it all makes sense. But percy jackson and heroes of olympus r wayyyyyyy better. But i still <3 the kane chronicles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my josh hucherson this book is amazing!!! I love rick and all his books but, this is the best. To those who don't know if they should read this book, don't think just buy!!! And I can't wait for Mark of Athena to come out!!!! Please buy this book because if you like mythology, this author is the person you are looking for. I wish i could tell you every bit of this book, but if someone i know reads this, they will be mad at me. And i am not a spoiler person thing. Just buy it read it live it and love it!!!! Gooooooo Walt!!! ( to those who are team walt, i love you and i am not giving anything away. Or am i????? Peace out!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, let me just start by saying this was an awesome book!! Lots of secrets will be revealed and new characters are introduced. There is a lot of humorous and action packed adventures in this book that you will surely like. Also, I just wanted to point out that two characters in this book who are intoduced as some human friends are from the Lost Hero if you read it. If you did read the Lost Hero, you should know that these human friends aren't your normal human ( I won't reveal these two characters to you but I will tell you that they AREN'T main characters) Hope this review was helpful in any way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Serpant's Shadow is a great read. This book is actually really thick (to some people). It is over 350 pages! I still loved it and read it in two days... nonstop. My Social Studies teacher even asked me if was a good book. The answer is YES! After I read the Nook book, I went and bought the hardback cover one. It came out yesterday, so there IS NOT a paper back version yet. Thank you so much Rick Riordan for making these top-of-the-chart books all the time! Thanks! C
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just kidding but wait. I just pre-ordered this book at 9:25 p.m. on the 15th of April. I can not wait to read what Carter and Sadie do next in this action packed book. I have high hopes for Riordion's next book. You have to buy this. Really. If you haven't read the first book, The Red Pyrimid and the second book, The Throne of Fire, get a sample and see how you like it. I bet you that you will like it. Got no more time so bye! Last reminder, you should get the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Any book written by Rick Riordan is fantastic. I think anybody who read the Percy Jackson series will agree with me. This series is great. Anyway, back to the book. Book will be great. GUARANTEE
ChildofAthena11 More than 1 year ago
I have always loved Rick Riordan's books, and this is one of my favorites. This action pack conclusion to the much loved Kane Chronicles will satisfy any reader. It will leave you on edge of your seat from open to close. I bought this book, and it soared from any exception I had for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very catching. If you liked the Red Pyrimad and the Throne of Fire you will like this book even more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and guess what? I am 90% sure he is going to cobine it with the PERCY JACKSON/HEROES OF OLYMPUS SERIES! omg, omg omg! Better look out : ) !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rick Riordan has done all the expected in the final book of the Kane Chronicles. The perfect mix of combat, suspence, and appropriate romance are smoothed into the intricate sculpture of this novel. You are left guessing, sometimes correctly, about the comming events as the pages seem to turn themselves. All Riordan fans will enjoy this tantalizing novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had problems opening this book after I preordered. What you have to do is archive the book and then unarchive it and it should work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To all people in the Universe of Nooks. Review pages are for REVIEWS! Not for saying I need sex or party at disco result 1! I am getting sick of hearing people do this. There are practically countless ways of chatting. Facebook, twitter, skype, ichat, FACE TO FACE... and so on! I don't like seeing people trying to hook up on review columns. If you don't have any friends, try out for a sports team, or go to a park. Don't get me wrong. I am eleven years old and know what goes on out in the world. I've seen girls my age saying some REAL bad things on the review pages. I REALLY dislike it when people tell random people what they look like and where you live. They could find you and KILL you. It's like going up to some random person and giving everything about you to them. Do you really want to live that life? I just would like to see if there are good books out there. Not if you have brown hair. Since I'm against no reviews, here's mine: I liked the book. Drew would have been beter off with a bigger part. She was a really good character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Serpant's Shadow is prehaps the best book in the Kane Chronicles series. It is abundant in nail-biting adventure and chock full of suspenseful scenes. My fingers were glued to its pages and I didn't put it down until I had read the last word. There is no possible way you will get bored and the storyline isn't interupted or halted and it isn't overloaded with description. A humorous, enjoyable, yet easy read, it is guaranteed to excite and surprise the Kane Chronicles readers. Another Rick Riordan masterpiece. I loved every second of it and wouldn't mind reading it again, which is saying a lot because honestly I rarely am able to read a book twice. My favorite part was the very end and what had happened after all the events (I won't say more because I don't want to spoil what happens). My favorite characters were...it is so hard to choose. Probably Bast or Sadie or Carter or...I can't decide. I hope you all find some way to read it and enjoy as much as I did. AEVK
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasnt done talking bout all you people wh think are better than others. Just shut the heck up and just be a regular fan. God it just kills m to see all the people who just says stupid things like "im yur biggest fan" some of you people make me upset and just should stop saying things and keep their freaking mouths closed and stop saying all kind of goofy things. So go away an stay away i dont care if ppl say stuff about this post but ya know I had to get it iut because its been bothering me. Im just 13 turning 14 in just a couple days and Im probably not the best writer that you guys have ever seen but you know I dont freaking care i gotta put my feelings out there and le ppl see who I am. Im a Irish girl and I love my accent and the county that I live in. So if anyoe agrees with me that ppl who think that their al that post somethimg that you think is worthy go be in a post :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Drew and lacy (from page 63ish of serpents shadow) went to a. summer camp together, where drew was"just as tyranical". In the lost hero drew bosses eveyone in the aphrodite cabin (lncluding someone named lacy). So in a way the series have already started to cross. If you haven't read the heroes of olympus, but have read the kane chronicles you need to read heroes of olympus (make sure to have read percy jacksoon though).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. It is full of action, suspense, and mythology. Overall this is a great book and a must have for everyone who likes mythology.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the whole series of the Kane Chronicles and learned, but loved each book! I learned about the Egyptian sorts of things that make Rick Riordan's books, his style. You can learn gods and goddesses, words in heiroglyphics, spells, and parts of the soul throughout the dangerous challenges for 2 magicians, Sadie and Carter Kane. They try to survive through Doomsday with out anybody but Sadie's cat who turns out to b eth ecat goddess, Bast. They send for recruits and get many magicians. They start to train them, but something bad always goe sweong with the Kanes. Sadie starts to fall for arecrit named Walt Stone and the god of death and funerals, Anubis while Carter falls for a replica of Zia Rashid, but when they find the real Zia, she doesn't feel the same way. They practice magic at the Bouston House while their Uncle Amos is the new Cheif-Lector at the First Nome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rick Riordan has once again made an awesome book.. a great read.. but you should read The Red Pyramid and The Throne of Fire first. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is another master piece by an amazing writer. I don't think any other author could write such an amazing book. Rick Riordan wrote a book that can play with the readers emotions, has a bunch of action, and is going to be a favorite for a long time. If you are looking for an amazing book then I highly recommend this book. *However you might want to read the series from start to finish* I hope you enjoy this book just as much as I did. If it was possible i would give this WAY MORE than a 5 star rating . :) ~Kris10 Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the best of the three books in the series. I never wanted to stop reading! I recommend this strongly.