The Serpent’s Shadow (Kane Chronicles Book 3) – Cover Release!

January 15th, 2012 by

What better way to ring in the New Year than to scrutinize the latest and final book cover of Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles series, for The Serpent’s Shadow? Check out the beautiful, newly released cover by illustrator John Rocco:

(Click to see the cover larger, so you can study each pixel individually!)

Based on previous posts, you know the drill. I’ll put out my guesses about the final installment, and you should leave YOUR thoughts on the cover in the comments below!

First, an official description of the book from the Kane Chronicles website:

He’s b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sade Kane can’t seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Unfortunately, the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink of civil war, the gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos.

Whoa. That is quite a lot to digest from one paragraph! Let me collect my thoughts…

  • First, I just love the color scheme of the whole series: It goes from dark rust red, to bright purple, to brilliant blue. It reminds me of different types of flames.
  • Apparently Rick Riordan himself claims that this is his favorite cover yet.
  • Carter stands on the left, ready to use the Crook and Flail of Ra, the weapon he used after he lost his khopesh.
  • So then that’s probably Sadie standing on the ledge, but I can’t really make out if she’s doing anything — is she ready to jump in or holding on for dear life?
  • What is this body of water Carter and Sadie are standing in front of? Does it look like to anyone else that the rocks and boulders are creating a path across the water?
  • A spiky serpent shadow (presumably the super duper evil Aphosis, God of Chaos) looms ominously in the distance.
  • Floating above and around the obelisk (is it the Washington Monument in D.C., or a different one?) are white birds, which look comforting to me for some reason. Perhaps some combat avatars? They don’t look like Carter’s falcon form…
  • I can’t make out any of the symbols on the obelisk, so I’m guessing they’re intentionally drawn to be vague.
  • Hey, what’s that shape above the obelisk? Let me take a closer — OMG IT’S A REALLY CREEPY GIANT EYE STARING RIGHT AT ME. Okay, it’s probably staring at Carter and Sadie. But still, really creepy.

So, Kidsmomo readers, what do you think of the newest (and sadly, last*) cover for The Kane Chronicles? I can’t wait to follow Carter and Sadie’s adventures once more on May 1, when The Serpent’s Shadow comes out!

Meanwhile, you can keep busy until then by reading a preview of The Serpent’s Shadow from the official website, maybe a couple (hundred) times…

— Nancy

As you can tell, Nancy is not a fan of creepy giant eyes.

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*Unless Rick Riordan writes another book/series with Kane Chronicles characters. He IS a writing machine, after all!

5 Responses

  • Melissa (Book Nut) writes:
    January 15th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    It could be the Washington Monument, but I think that one was designed after another one in Egypt? Maybe? I may be wrong. And I’m just not seeing the giant creepy eye…

    That said, it’s an intriguing cover.

    • Jane writes:
      April 30th, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      I can definitely see the giant creepy eye…wow…creepy. I can’t wait for “The Serpent’s Shadow” to be released on May 1! Yay! 🙂

  • Kenne writes:
    March 10th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    In an interview,Rick Riordan said that the water is the Sea of Chaos.In the first book, it is revealed that the Washington Monument is the strongest concentration of Ma’at in America. Since Apophis is the lord of chaos, I think that he will try to destroy it in the final battle. I don’t really know about the birds or if that really is an evil eye, but I think the rocks are part of the underworld that Carter and Sadie went into to retrieve the serpent’s shadow. And I think the colors are based on the colors of the light in the hall of ages, as in the second book it turned purple for a darker age. Since the other books were almost one solid color and this one is primarily orange and blue, it could mean that two ages will occur. Sorry that this is so long.

    • Karen from Kidsmomo writes:
      March 12th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Wow, those are some pretty thoughtful observations, Kenne! Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what Rick Riordan is up to!

  • Fredo writes:
    March 22nd, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Nice cover! Can’t wait for this book – I’ve just finished the Throne of Fire.
    Good observations btw.

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