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The Serpent's Shadow
Contributor(s): Riordan, Rick

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ISBN: 1423140575     ISBN-13: 9781423140573
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
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Binding Type: School And Library - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: May 2012

Annotation: Carter and Sade prepare for the ultimate confrontation with the chaos snake Apophis at the same time the House of Life magicians launch a civil war, compelling the Kanes to tap the power of an ancient spell.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Adventure and adventurers; Fiction.
Voyages and travels; Fiction.
Mythology, Egyptian; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Juvenile Fiction | Legends, Myths, Fables
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2012454979
Lexile Measure: 690
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Kane Chronicles
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 6.25" W x 1.25" (1.30 lbs) 406 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 151411
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 15.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q57899
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 23.0
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Contributor Bio(s): Rick Riordan (www.rickriordan.com) is the author of the # 1 New York Times best-selling The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero; The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two: The Son of Neptune; the #1 New York Times best-selling The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid; The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: The Throne of Fire; as well as the five books in the #1 New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
With Egyptian gods from the previous two books and teen magicians Zia and Walt, the Kanes face the culmination of peril. Serpent of Chaos Apophis is attempting to swallow Sun God Ra, destroying creation; Sadie and Carter try to perform a spell of banishment on him. The siblings' confidence and ability grows, wry asides keep them accessible, and Riordan's climax soundly delivers.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2012 #5)
Joined by the Egyptian gods who helped them in previous books (The Red Pyramid, rev. 7/10; The Throne of Fire, rev. 9/11) as well as their fellow teen magicians Zia and Walt, Sadie and Carter Kane face the culmination of peril in this third volume in the Kane Chronicles. Apophis, the Serpent of Chaos, is attempting to achieve his legendary goal of swallowing the Sun God, Ra, and destroying all creation. If Sadie and Carter can collect the knowledge and tools they need from journeys to ancient sites in Egypt and the Duat, the Egyptian underworld, they might be able to perform a spell of banishment on him -- but they could just as easily burn themselves out in a spell of such power. As they solve puzzles and fight demons, the siblings grow in confidence and ability. Their wry asides and comedic takes on their predicament keep them accessible to their adventure-loving audience, many of whom will enjoy the romantic byplay between Carter and Zia and between Sadie and Walt. Although little is new in this iteration of Riordan's universe, the climax soundly delivers, and the denouement hints at possible future overlap with foreign gods. Paging Percy Jackson? anita l. burkam
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