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The Serpent's Shadow (The Kane Chronicles, Book 3) Hardcover – May 1, 2012

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Book 3 of 3 in the Kane Chronicles Series

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Amazon Exclusive: What are Sadie and Carter Kane Reading?

Sadie Kane: "Reading? You should talk to my brother the genius… Sometimes I read books about London and occasionally I try to learn new hieroglyphics, but mostly I’m too busy with trainees and trying to defeat Apophis.”

My Reading List:

The Symbolic World of Egyptian Amulets by Philippe Germond

Treasures of the British Museum by Marjorie Caygill

The Annotated Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

City Secrets London: The Essential Insider’s Guide by Robert Kahn and Tim Adams

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian by R.O. Faulkner

Egyptian Love Spells and Rituals by Claudia Dillaire

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Carter Kane: “I read a lot. That’s why Sadie calls me Mr. Wikipedia. My dad is a pretty big history buff, so I read classics and try to learn as much as I can about Egypt and my ancestors. It’s good research when you’re trying to saving the world.”

My Reading List:

The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Civilizations by John Haywood

Falconry: The Essential Guide by Steve Wright

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., by Martin Luther King and Clayborne Carson

The Egyptian Book of the Dead translated by Robert P. Winston and Wallace Budge

Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau

The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt by Elizabeth Payne

The LA Lakers: 50 Amazing Years in the City of Angels by the LA Times Sports Staff

Britannia in Brief: The Scoop on All Things British by Leslie Baker and William Mullins

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Kane Chronicles (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423140575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423140573
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,066 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. In 2002, Saint Mary's Hall honored him with the school's first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre - the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children's fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over 35 million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 35 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller.

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.


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I thought this was a great ending for the trilogy. I just hope we will see more of the Kane family if another series soon. Loved the cameo appearances from Camp Half Blood at the school dance! :-) I hope we might see a story arc mixing the demi gods and the magicians at some point?!
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With "The Serpent's Shadow," Rick Riordan sticks with his winning formula: gods and heroes (or magicians) must work together to save the world--and they only have a few days to do it. In the final book of the Kane Chronicle, Carter and Sadie have to complete a quest to stop Apophis and the forces of chaos before they destroy all of the created order. Along the way there's plenty of humor, a little romance, some crazy outfits, and lots of fun twists as Riordan brings Egyptian mythology into the modern world. Fans of Riordan's Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series will notice a couple cameos--and some hints of more adventures to come. It's a fun romp of a read. Highly recommended.
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Honestly, I was a bit apprehensive going into this. Rick had left far more questions than answers at the end of TOF, and I had a horrible feeling that I was going to be disappointed with some of the resolutions.

I don't know why I doubted his abilities for a second.

Packed with the humor, action, and romance we've come to expect (not to mention including a suble nod or two to our friends in Manhattan), the final instalment in the Kane Chronicles Trilogy is guarenteed to keep you on the edge of your seat till the very end. An absolute must-read!
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A Kid's Review on May 13, 2012
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I've got to admit that the first two books in the Kane Chronicles I was not crazy about. They werent quite on the Percy Jackson level that i love- But this one is incredible. I love it. It is easily the best part of the trilogy. Rick Riordan tied in some stuff from Percy's world, too-Piper McLean's enemy Drew is the local mean girl and Lacy (also from the Aphrodite cabin) is a friend of Sadie's. The characters reach the depth they need in this book. The ending is great.
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Apophis is rising and chaos is about to destroy the world. And only Carter and Sadie Kane can stop him. But the only ones left to stand with them are the young magicians of Brooklyn House as their allies are being attacked, the House of Life is divided and on the brink of the civil war, and the gods themselves stand apart. To put an end to Apophis they need to find a spell that has been lost for a millennia and the only one that can lead them to it is the ghost of a deadly magician. Can Carter and Sadie do the impossible one last time? Or will the world fall into chaos?

In this third and final book in the Kane trilogy, Riordan once again weaves his magic to create an epic battle and a memorable story. Riordan weaves a tale that will keep the reader on the edge of the seat through the twists and turns that are created, wondering and hoping that all of our heroes survive to do battle one more time. There's plenty of humor, some romance, the return of old friends, and lots of fun twists in this tale. And possibly a hint or two of future adventures to come. It's an epic read and I highly recommend it.
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An excellent solution to an excellent serises! Riordan has done it again! He always describes with such great detail and precision. A pleasure to read. I hope he continues to excert what great talent he has on future books. Though the mythology theme is getting old. No of the less, this book is an excellent read and I would recommend it to anyone regardless of age!
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Okay, I'm over 21 but I love Riordan's YA books. I wait as avidly for them as the teens. He manages to teach them responsibility and self-reliance without being preachy, like many of the books that I enjoyed as teen. I'm getting them to read Heinlein and Orson Scott Card also.
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I've loved previous versions of the Kane Chronicles however on this third book The Serpent's Shadow, I found Riordan to be a bit long winded and not able to wrap up some the chapters. Often and especially towards the end, I was ready for the chapter to come to a close but instead Riordan felt the need to be very long winded. Also the siblings tugging to regain control of the narrative felt contrite and unnecessary. Maybe younger readers will enjoy it but I often felt like please make the point and move on. Solid but long winded.
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