The Serpent's Shadow is a great conclusion to a great series. Carter and Sadie have made themselves a good home full of other kids who have magician talent in the Egyptian tradition. Their uncle has retreated to the First Nome in Cairo, to help put the House of Life back together. Not everyone likes how they're doing it, though, and so while they have to try to find a way to stop Apophis, the chaos snake, from, well, plunging the world into total chaos, they also have to fend off a rival group of magicians who do not like the Kanes and their ideas.
|Apophis, the crazy snake guy|
While fending off an attack from the anti-Kane magicians, Sadie runs into a ghost who says he can help. He's the most famous of ancient Egyptian magicians, who has many times been sentenced to death by the gods for his spell attacks against them. Their dad, now the embodiment of Ra, allows his sentence to be suspended, because the young Kanes are convinced that he can help them defeat Apophis. But, can he be trusted?
Action, character growth, good story-telling... All fantastic qualities of a good series writer, and very, very well done. I am sorry to think that we won't hear more about the Kanes, but also am happy to know that Mr. Riordan has more good stuff in store for us this year in his other series.
Rating, once again PG. The battle scenes are well written, so they're intense. And, there's a touch of romance-y kind of stuff, nothing major, but it's there.