Wednesday, May 9, 2012

100 Books in 2012: Book 41 "The Serpent's Shadow"

I've been a big fan of Rick Riordan ever since discovering "The Lightning Thief" when I was teaching middle school.  While I haven't enjoyed the Kane Chronicles as much as some of his other books, I still couldn't wait to get my hands on book three in that series.

Sadie and Carter are facing doomsday: Apophosos, the chaos serpent, has all but escaped, magicians are dying and turning on each other, and the sun god, Ra, that they rescued is still a senile, babbling old man.

Never fear!  With a bit of luck, some improvisation, and help from the gods, the Kane siblings are poised to save the world or go down trying.

I love Riordan's characterization of the Egyptian gods, and although there wasn't much in this story that surprised me, I still enjoyed the humor and action that have become his trademarks.  I'm a bit annoyed at some of the series overlap that seems to be happening, and I predict that the Romans will soon try to invade Egypt: that's the only way, right?

Fans of the series will love this, folks who've read his other work will probably enjoy it, and overall, I was pleased.

What are you reading this week?  Make sure you wander over to the other 100 Books participants and see what they're up to.

Speaking of Egypt, I wanted to direct your attention to the Google homepage today: it's Howard Carter's 138th birthday!  Long live the memory of one of my childhood heroes. 

Howard Carter's excavation house, across the hill from the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt.

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