When young magicians Carter and Sadie Kane learned how to follow the path of the Ancient Egyptian gods, they knew they would have to play an important role in restoring Ma’at (order) to the world. What they didn’t know is how chaotic the world would become.
The Chaos snake Apophis is loose and threatening to destroy the Earth in three days’ time. The magicians are divided. The gods are disappearing, and those who remain are weak.
Walt, one of Carter and Sadie’s most gifted initiates, is doomed and can already feel his life force ebbing. Zia is too busy babysitting the senile sun god, Ra, to be of much help. What are a couple of teenagers and a handful of young trainees to do?
There is possibly one way to stop Apophis, but it is so difficult that it might cost Carter and Sadie their lives, if it even works at all. It involves trusting the ghost of a psychopathic magician not to betray them, or worse, kill them. They’d have to be crazy to try it. Well, call them crazy!
With hilarious asides, memorable monsters, and an ever-changing crew of friends and foes, the excitement never lets up in The Serpent’s Shadow, a thoroughly entertaining and satisfying conclusion to the Kane Chronicles.
©2012 Rick Riordan (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Good ending but wish the series continued...
Carter, he seems more realistic . Sadie seemed kinda annoying at times...
Not crazy about her voice ...but great story !
The whole series is worth the listen ...
How the kids were finally able to rally the magicians and gods to fight Apophis.
The narrators, especially the male. His portrayals of the characters were so good. The female narrator was also good, but of the two, I prefer the male's portrayals.
I think so...When things got panicky, the narrators got panickier. When things got sad, the narrators got sad. When things sped up or slowed down, the narrators matched.
I laughed a lot, but I wouldn't say that it was "extreme". So, no, I didn't have an extreme reaction to this book.
Enjoying audiobooks daily!
*MILD SPOILERS* Five Stars? Yes. This was a great book from a really good series. Sadie and Carter are so good together in their fight against Apothos. Also compared to "Percy Jackson and the Olympians", this series gives us some romance! Walt, Sadie, Zia and Carter just seem to NEVER catch a break, but it's fun getting to the end with all their teen angst. Very satisfying, really. The gods are so different from the Olympians in some ways. I like the contrast. I liked the darker nature of this series. I wish it was more than 3 books long. Great narration by two people. Honestly, the narration made this series even more delightful than I thought it could be.
Fun light young reader's story.
The description of Apophis' shadow when they find it at the edge of the Sea of Chaos.
Dynamic voices tackling a variety of accents and dialects, they often perform the same characters from the perspectives of the primary character's they play. For those not familiar with how the Kane Chronicles are told, I can see how this might be confusing at first, but it makes for some more fun as the stories progress.The narrators really do an excellent job, and have some fun with the story, and the pronunciations are consistent all the way through the book, which can be hard with the very foreign sounding words and names from ancient Egypt.
No, can't say I had an extreme reaction, but I did enjoy the story and especially the narration.
The Kane Chronicles are a light fun fare, not quite as good or thought provoking as the Percy Jackson series, but still a nice read/listen. I did find a lot of direct comparisons and desriptions right out of Harry Potter, but I guess that is inevitable when dealing with a snake as a bad guy.
I would definitely listen to all three books in The Kane Chronicles. The story was exciting and engaging, the characters were easy to love, and it was fun learning about Egyptian gods and their religion and traditions.
I would compare the Kane Chronicles to the Harry Potter series and the Percy Jackson series, but not because it's a repeat of the same story or the characters are similar, because they're different stories all together. But each series invites the reader to enter a new world of magic and mystery thick with fables and old traditions.
Ok, I'm a Christian and for whatever reason I was drawing a lot of parallels between the way Sadie and Carter could channel the power of the gods and how when our will aligns with God we become more powerful as well. So my favorite part, or the part that I connected most with was at the end where the kids race to the pyramid where their uncle was channeling Set to battle the bad wizards and Sadie disagrees with Isis about destroying her uncle and she says something like "you can't share the mind of a god and have a disagreement, to be the eye you must act in perfect unison." Then to prove the point of her acting alone instead of with Isis' help Sadie is blasted into the magical history curtains. That's my favorite part because that's when i drew the connection between the way the kids channel the gods and the way I, or just everyday people, can become greater than ourselves by allowing God to enter our lives and aligning our will with His.
Do the Kane kids have what it takes to stop Apophis from swallowing the sun?
This is a great book, one I'm sure would be fun for parents and kids to read together. I plan to read them with my nephew when he gets a little older and if I have kids we'll read them together too.
I'm an engineer. I listened to the book with my 8 year old on the way to and from school. Both of us really looked forward to listening to these books.
We are listening to the same author's "see of monsters" book. Both my son and I are unimpressed. We'll probably finish it and not ask for our money back, but I won't be tempted to get any more of that series.
I have recommended this book to my grandchildren, and friends. It may have been written for the younger generation but the story is engaging for all ages. Dialogue is funny and the narrators created pictures in your mind with their excellent story-telling skills.
They are all great characters, who could choose.
I really enjoyed all the moments when the siblings realized how important they are to one another.
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This series is improving. I am biased a bit by the Percy Jackson and the olympians series, though. This series is told tag-team style by two very talented readers that tell the story from the main characters' point of view with enough enthusiasm to make you want to hear more. The Percy Jackson books were told from one main character's point of view using only one narrator, who is a very talented story teller. Overall, I would recommend this series to anyone.
The book was amazing! Even my 6 year old was intrigued and managed to stay involved with the audio book. Plenty of action and a seamless transition between the last book. Wonderful ending and I can't wait for more from Mr. Riordan!!
The banter between Sadie and Carter is like listening to my children!
The conversation flows and the relationship is like actual teens.
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Where Carter explained to Sadie why she was mad and how silly it was.
Not quite, but kept wanting to read.
Drags a little at the end. The story was all done and it still had an hour left to tie up loose ends. Seemed a little too long for conclusion stuff.
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