This week I read The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan. This is the third book in his Egyptian mythology series about the Kane children. It was a fast fun read, full of interesting bits of Egyptian history and mythology that are molded and morphed into an exciting modern retelling. I enjoyed the book, but was not quite as invested in the characters as I was in Percy Jackson and his Greek series.
What did I learn from my reading this week? That even though the main draw of both the Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicles series is the fun fast storytelling and exciting plots with cool bits of mythology, that those carefully laid deeper moments where the characters morn and hurt and their hearts are broken, these moments make the books too. The stories need both, and somehow they seem a bit better drawn in his first series. It makes a difference.