The Serpent’s Shadow — Rick Riordan
I was expecting a rather massive whack detonating immensely as the culmination of the Egyptian tale unfolds. The Kane Chronicles didn’t exactly end with a bang, but with tiny flickering vestiges of a furnace instead.
The perky elements that once seemed cute and appealing became a little too cloying for my taste. The sarcasm. The bickering and one-liners. The world’s impending demise. The repetitive pattern of events. The little romances here and there. The not-so-scary adversary. The hasty clash of the heroes vs. the evil one. It’s déjà vu once again. And it’s sickening. Yeah, one Tylenol please.
The readers are very aware that the world is ending (yet again), but there’s no justifying reason behind Apophis’ abhorrent exploits, which somewhat lessens the significance of the Kane’s sacrificial acts. Sadie remains to be annoying more than ever; I hate Felix’s penguins (they’re cute but whatever); Carter and Zia’s relationship seems a bit phony (but hey, I’m rooting for these guys); I don’t really care if Walt dies; a myriad of characters are getting on my nerves; and there’s no real sense of urgency, what with the deadline and everything.
The least likely hateful characters are almost inconceivable: Anubis and Carter.
The supposedly conclusion to the trilogy, however, did not offer a resolved predicament, hinting for possible follow-ups. Not just any follow-up but a potential Greco-Roman-Egyptian merging. Do you remember the flying horse (Blackjack) in Manhattan Carter saw? The “other gods” at the other side of New York (Greeks) stated by their Uncle Amos? Drew and Lacey (The Lost Hero), possibly from Aphrodite cabin in Camp Half-Blood? Walt Stone and Frank Zhang (The Son of Neptune) sharing the same family curse? Lastly, do you think it’s likely that Anubis and Nico di Angelo (Percy Jackson and The Olympians series) is one person?
Let’s just wait for what Rick Riordan has in line. 🙂