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The Serpent’s Shadow by Tracy
Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 9:42 pm
Filed under: books, children, community

The Serpent’s Shadow is here! The final installment of the Kane Chronicles series came out today and Rick Riordan kicked off his book tour right here in the Bay Area!

The first event was this morning’s live webcast from the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, which “houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in western North America.” Rick Riordan gave a brief tour highlighting some of the artifacts related to the Kane Chronicles, including sarcophagi, shabti, and a mummified baboon. He read from Chapter 12, Bulls with Freaking Laser Beams, and answered fan questions. If you missed the webcast, you can sign up to receive an e-mail from School Library Journal when the archived version is available.

While the webcast left me kind of flat, Rick Riordan shone in his live presentation at Fox Theatre in Redwood City tonight. He kept the room full of kids and adults cracking up for an hour. He talked about his love of stories from a young age and how the first book he ever really got into was The Lord of the Rings with its connection to Norse mythology (you gotta love that 8th grade hairdo!). He took us through the chronology of how he became a writer, how his son inspired him to start writing the Percy Jackson series, his first books for children, and some of the issues of having your books translated into foreign languages (Mr. Riordan, what is a wedgie?).

Although celebrating the release of The Serpent’s Shadow, Riordan hinted at the meaning of The Mark of Athena, the third book in the Heroes of Olympus series, and gave an exclusive read of the first chapter!

I was bummed that there wasn’t a signing, but Kepler’s was selling pre-signed books, so I got my copy of The Serpent’s Shadow! What a great souvenir of this wonderful event!

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