Carter and Sadie Kane are back again, this time in their final showdown against Apophis. The fate of the world depends on the Kane siblings...yet again. Gaining help from both expected and unexpected sources, Carter and Sadie embark on a mad rush to discover the secret to defeating Apophis for good this time, or watch helplessly as he swallows the sun and plunges the world into darkness.
I admit that when I finished listening to The Throne of Fire, I felt a little let down. There were so many unanswered questions and some of the characters and ideas introduced never developed. I hoped that a lot of those issue would be resolved in The Serpent's Shadow, and I wasn't disappointed. Rick Riordan catapults off of all the loose ends left in the second installment, and leaves us with a high-speed adventure around the world and into a big chunk of the Duat.
Though it sounds a bit morbid, I liked that Riordan made death and loss a central theme. Of course, Carter and Sadie are no strangers to loss, but in the previous installments, there always seemed to be a silver lining. Their dad died, but only to become Osiris, whom they could pop in and visit from time to time as well as their mom. Bess lost his ren, but I don't think anyone seriously believed that empty shell of a god was the end for the wily dwarf god. But this book sees Carter and Sadie facing death and loss in a more mature way, realizing that sometimes there is nothing that you can do when someone dies.
Which leads me to my new favorite character in the series-Walt Stone. I liked him in The Throne of Fire, but I never felt like I had a real chance to connect to his character before Riordan dropped the death curse bomb. But it was nice to get to know Walt more, really see him shine, and understand why Sadie liked him on more than just a "He's gorgeous" level. I won't say much else since I don't want to give anything away, but his story was the highlight of the book for me.
Katherine Kellgren and Kevin R. Free continue in their stellar narration and characterizations. Of course anytime that you switch back and forth between narrators, there's always bound to be differences in how they bring different characters to life, but with the exception of Sadie, I often couldn't tell that much of a difference. They both add so much to the story, and really tap into that teenage angst that both Carter and Sadie have in abundance, especially in the love department.
Overall, I think that Riordan wrapped up the series well...for now. He hasn't written himself into a corner and has left things open if, or more likely, when he decides to continue the series. Though not as much as Percy Jackson, I enjoyed the series. I would definitely recommend it to others, especially those wanting to familiarize themselves with Egyptian mythology.
Like the other 2 books in this series, I purchased this audio book for my son, along with a copy of the book so that he could listen and read. I ended up listening to all three books. It's great to have the same voices narrate all through the series. I love the exploration of the Egyptian pantheon in this breezy, fast-paced prose. Really great for kids, and pretty fun for grownups too.
Yes, the narrators are incredible
How he brought in some of the characters from the Heroes of Olympus Series and made a possible future link between the two series that could be very interesting.
the school dance or hunting jelly baby's in the swamp
In the top one third
Walt has a sad yet hopeful conclusion
Teenage eye rolling speech that makes you feel as of teens were relaying events to you in person
Magical teens save the world-- Again.
I thought it was a wonderful ending to the series. Rick Riordan Dod a great job on this. If you liked the other two books (which is The Red Pyramid and The Throne of Fire) you will be thrilled with this book.
I liked how it's action-packed with exciting things, which is very good for a last book of the series should be.
I could tell the differences between voices, and when a part got exciting and they would say it as if Carter and Sadie were actually saying it. And listening to it makes you feel like you ARE listening to the recording, as the book is just the "script" and you're not just reading it, you are listening to it.
I don't know what tag line is, but hopefully it will be a good movie and actually goes to the book.
If you are wondering to get this, and you haven't read the other two books to this series, I suggest you either read the first two or you get them on Audible. It wouldn't be as fun listening to this if you have no idea what's going on.
Yes I probably will. I enjoyed reading it the first time and know I'll pick up more the second time.
I felt a freshness in the story.
I won't be surprised to see the Kanes or the kids of Brooklyn House again. Setne still needs to be captured and the bit at the end about other gods makes me wonder if we'll see them in an upcoming Heroes of Olympus book with Percy and Leo and crew. The narration is good. I like Katherine Kellgren. I know that people have said she's a bit melodramatic but she's playing a teenage girl. She does accents well and can easily go from male to female voices without difficulty. Kevin R. Free does Carter's voice well. He goes from male to female easily as well. His accents aren't as good. His Russian accents in the previous books were awful. His Setne voice sounds like the stereotypical jewish grandma. All in all, a great listen.
This book, much like the previous two, is the perfect mix between the ancient egyptian mythology and the present time. The characters worry about the impending apocalypse as much as they worry about their relatioships or their first prom. Both the narrators do an amazing job and, despite all the drama and the bad things, the author was able to tell the story in an entertaining way. Although it's a story for the young crowd anyone who likes all things egyptian will like this book.
Aww I cannot believe it ended!
I loved the book. It’s started a little slow and boring but then all wrapped up and it was everything I expect for. The narrators were awesome as always. The story was mind blowing (honestly, I have no idea where Rick gets his ideas from, such an imagination!) I have to say, anyone who wants to get their head out of the boring and stressful routine of life, can do it if they listen to these book series. It’s one of my favorites. I don’t care if it is for kids, I guess we always have a child inside us…cause I simply enjoy it.
Discovered audio books as a way to pass the time at work and now I'm hooked.
Part of one of my favorite series and lives up to expectations.
Still has to be Sadie, she's a lot like me in personality.
The sibling banter is still the best part.