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The Serpent's Shadow (Kane Chronicles) [Hardcover]

Rick Riordan
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May 2012 Kane Chronicles (Book 3)

CARTER AND SADIE KANE, descendants of the magical House of Life, are in pretty big trouble.

Despite their bravest efforts, Apophis, the giant snake of Chaos, is still threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness. Now the Kanes must do something no magician has ever managed - defeat Apophis himself. No pressure there then.

Battling against the forces of Chaos, their only hope is an ancient spell - but the magic has been lost for a millennia. Will they find the serpent's shadow, or will they be led to their deaths in the depths of the Underworld?

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books (May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781423140573
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423140573
  • ASIN: 1423140575
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.7 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,745,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rick Riordan is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series for children and 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.

His adult fiction has won the top three national awards in the mystery genre -- the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. His short fiction has appeared in Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.

His Percy Jackson series features a twelve-year-old dyslexic boy who discovers he is the modern-day son of a Greek god. The Lightning Thief was a New York Times Notable Book for 2005. Film rights have been purchased by Twentieth Century Fox and a feature film is in development. The Sea of Monsters was a Child Magazine Best Book for Children for 2006 and a Publishers Weekly and BookSense national bestseller. The third title, The Titan's Curse, made the series a #1 New York Times bestseller, and the fourth title, The Battle of the Labyrinth, had a first printing of one million copies. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller. Film rights for The 39 Clues have been purchased by Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks.

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

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Storytelling that will get readers hooked (Philip Ardagh The Guardian)

Witty and inspired. Gripping, touching and deliciously satirical. (Times)

Sure to become a classic (Sunday Express) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Rick Riordan is an award-winning writer. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief was the overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award in 2006, and made into a blockbuster film in 2010. The series has gone on to become a chart-topping success. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bulls with Freaking Laser Beams! 17 July 2012
By Tamsin
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The Kanes are back with this continuation of the Kane Chronicles in a spinning world of madness versus order (Chaos versus Ma-at). As their wild Egyptian magical adventures continue, Sadie and Carter find themselves in more and more precarious and strange situations. Their pursuit to defeat Apophis, the giant snake of Chaos, and stop him from swallowing the sun, takes them on treacherous adventures to find an ancient spell... from Brooklyn House to the Underworld to the Land of Demons and the Sea of Chaos.

Although this book is supposed to be a transcript, I find it hard to imagine Sadie or Carter describing things as they do in the book, so I suppose it is a mixture of transcript and regular writing. However I got over this pretty early on, as it doesn't really matter or affect the story when it comes down to it! Also I really enjoy that we see the story alternately from Sadie and Carter's perspectives. This adds a bit more variety to the book (not that it needs it!).

I have always loved Rick Riordan's characters and this is no exception - the book is bursting with them and they often have wonderful quirky, unusual personalities as well as looks! For example, Bloodstained Blade - demon captain of the Egyptian Queen with a blood-covered double-sided axe for a head, Bes - the crazy hairy dwarf God who always wears Speedos and yells `BOO!' a lot, and Setne - a dangerously sneaky ghost with a nasty streak and as fondness for dressing like the `Ancient Egyptian Mafia'.

Of course, Sadie and Carter are superb characters - I especially love Sadie's rebellious streak - and even though there was the occasional American word that I don't think Sadie would say being English, it was not enough to put me off at all.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny! 9 May 2012
Ok, so being an original fan of the Percy Jackson books, it took me a while to warm to the Kane chronicles, but by the end of the first book I loved Sadie and Carter and I love them even more now.

These books aren't just adventurous and a hugely entertaining lesson on Egyptian mythology but they are also laugh out loud funny.

The relationship between Carter and Sadie continues to go from strength to strength and as for Carter's relationship with Zia and Sadie's with Walt and Anubis...well I'm not saying a word. Lets just say it isn't all fun and games.

The bad guys are just as evil as in the last book though it quickly becomes clear that there is no black and white with regards to some of choices made and with whom the Kane's have to place there trust. With all the original evil doers and now with a bunch of new ones, the Kanes find themselves sorely tested.

However you read into this book and whatever you take away from it. If you've read the others in the series, if you love butt-kicking action, laugh out loud humour and dash of romance then this is a book not to be missed!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece 4 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This by far the best book in the series. It has drama, action, adventure and best of all chaos! Just like the other books it follows the life of Sadie and Carter Kane and how they teach and learn mysterys magic to other young magicans. I would reccomend this series to ayone, I adored i'm sure you will to.
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I just do not know where to I'll go with pure, raging writer's envy! I, plus six assorted godchildren (who will butt in with their opinions in a minute, when I've got the boring grown-up raving-about-this out of the way) were left close to speechless by this third Kane instalment. It just kicked straight in with Riordan's trademark dead-pan-humour-scare-you-silly cocktail, and then it just flew. It's an extraordinary gift - ask any writer - to balance turbo-boosted action, compassion for the innocent and the hurt, with laugh-till-you-need-the-Heimlich dialogue and daftness. Millions try to write like this, but it takes someone really at the top of the game to make it look easy. You just keep on reading, knowing you're going to be swept along, breathless, and you'll never be tripped up by a dud scene. When I say this is 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' level wonderful, that's my highest praise. Buffy really is a work of genius. This book is an out-and-out joy.

And that's exactly what you feel, reading it - almost laughing at how instantly hooked in you are. Kane 3 is the-best-way-ever-to-spend-your-time fun and excitement, right to the last word.

But that's not what lifts this to Joss Whedon's Olympian heights. What makes all Riordan's books instant classics is heart. Huge, good-humoured understanding - and gentle teasing - of just how teens tick, and all they really care about most. I've had my godchildren on the phone practically yelling at me to get a move on and finish the books, so they can rave on about them for hours. Carter and Sadie - they've grown into exactly who they were meant to be, how we wanted them to be. They are one of the best realised siblings in YA/children's literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ronni A 30 July 2012
By Ronni A
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought as part of my grandson's 9th birthday present. He has all of the Rick Riordan books, some in book form and some on his kindle. When we left him he had his nose buried in it and was oblivious to real time and space as he was so engrossed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant - no other words to describe this book
Published 26 days ago by S. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
A really great story line with fast paced action, romance. I enjoyed the way we meet lots if Egyptian gods and how the story lines involve lots of magic and ancient spells
Published 2 months ago by Ruth Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!!
Another brilliant book, great for boys and girls, I hope this series will be made into a film because it would be fantastic!!!! :)
Published 2 months ago by ^.^ meow
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to the usual standard
Red Pyramid (the first book) was purchased because I couldn't get hold of the Percy Jackson book I needed at the time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. L. Birchall-Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars just as good as expected
Rick riordan for the Winn! A great book, and a great service gerting it! I recived it fast and had no issues with the product at all!
Published 3 months ago by Asta Alexandersen
4.0 out of 5 stars Age limit?
This book is very, very exciting. However, I want to know if Rick Rick Riordan has put a age limit to it, because it was scary at times. Did he?
Published 3 months ago by Alastair Holmes
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't fault it.
Absolutely love it . You need to read all of the rest of the series to be able to understand it, but absolutely incredible! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Vicki Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I very much enjoyed this book along with the rest of the series. I like how it is possibly going to link to the other series. E.G. Percy Jackson.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Joanne E McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!!!
Published 4 months ago by Fifjjf
4.0 out of 5 stars a great read
Really thrilling read all of the action you'll ever need great story line with that characters described really well
4/5* book epic read
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