Carter and Sadie Kane must unite the Gods and the House of Life in order to stop the return of Apophis, the God of Chaos. Carter and Sadie Kane travel to Dallas to meet with the magicians of the 51st Nome. They tell them that they are in need of a magic scroll housed in the Dallas Museum of Art. They believe that this scroll can be used to banish Apophis back to the Duat.
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While they are breaking into the museum, Sadie has a vision that the scroll will be useless to them and they instead need to find a shadow box that contains the shadow of King Tut. Ignoring the warning, they take the scroll and return to the 51st Nome. They are attacked by the forces of Apophis and the scroll is destroyed, along with most of the magicians from the sector.
The Kanes return to their home in Brooklyn to investigate the shadow box. Bast, the Cat God and protector of Sadie, reveals that shadows are a part of the soul that are often hidden by the Gods to protect them. Carter decides that the best way to defeat Apophis would be to capture his shadow and cast an execration spell to destroy it. However, before he dares put this plan into action, he decides to visit the Wisdom God Thoth and ask if it will work.
Sadie receives a warning that the 1st Nome in Egypt is about to be attacked by rebel magicians who have joined with Apophis. She takes some allies to Egypt to warn the magicians there. Here she speaks with their leader, her Uncle Amos, and decides that she must free the Dwarf God Bes to increase their chances of victory. She leaves with Zia, another magician and the host of Ra, to go find Bes.
Meanwhile, Carter and his fellow magician Walt have arrived at Thoth's temple to find it under attack by the forces of Apophis. They help him fight them off and in return he teaches them of an ancient magician named Setne who can help them understand how to capture Apophis' shadow by reading the book of Thoth. The Kanes reunite in the land of the dead and convince Osiris to release Setne into their custody. Carter and Zia take him to find the book of Thoth while Sadie and Walt go to find Bes. Walt is forced to sacrifice his life and become host to the God of Death Anubis in order to revive Bes. When they combine, he realizes that Carter is in danger and sends Sadie to his aid.
Carter and Zia take Setne into the land of chaos and when they find the shadow of Apophis, Setne betrays them and leaves them bound to be eaten by the dark forces. Sadie comes to their rescue and together they bind the shadow of Apophis to a statue. All of the forces of chaos converge on the spot to save Apophis. While they are fighting off the army, Setne escapes. The forgotten Gods come to the Kanes' rescue and they return to the First Nome to find it under attack by the rebels and Apophis.
Ra is reborn with Zia as his host, and he calls the other Gods to battle. They come and rally under Carter, who has been granted the Pharoah's Throne. Ra and Apophis battle, but Ra is eventually swallowed and the world is plunged into darkness. The Kanes destroy the shadow of Apophis and the God of Chaos regurgitates Ra before dying. The God's must return to the Duat to recover, and leave Carter to lead their forces in the future.
After saving the world, Carter confesses his feelings for Zia and the two become a couple. Sadie takes a less traditional route and begins dating Anubis, who is hosted by Walt's body.
Best part of story, including ending:
This story was the final part of the trilogy, and the payoff makes the series worth a read. The action takes place on a much larger scale, and seeing the Kanes fully realize their powers is incredibly satisfying.
Best scene in story:
My favorite scene is the final battle between the magicians and Apophis. The magicians haven't trusted the Gods in centuries, but when they come to their aid against Apophis, a new golden age of magic occurs. The following battle takes place on an epic scale and it is incredibly satisfying after so much build up in the story.
Opinion about the main character:
Carter Kane has finally come into his own. From his first timid moments to his final promotion to pharoah, the character's arc is easy to relate to. The reader is treated to his final transformation in this story. He overcomes his flaws to become the leader of the magicians and gets the girl of his dreams. His new confidence is justified and readers will feel empowered with him.