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2014 Story 127

From the paperback edition of Rick Riordan's The Mark of Athena

127. THE STAFF OF SERAPHIS by Rick Riordan   This is the second short story in which Riordan has characters from his Percy Jackson novels (in this case, Annabeth Chase) meet characters from his Kane Chronicles series (in this case, Sadie Kane), and it is an excellent, fun follow-up to "The Son of Sobek," in which Percy Jackson met Carter Kane.  In real life, the Greek, Roman and Egyptian empires overlapped and affected each other, and so it is no surprise that eventually Riordan is going to have his two fictional worlds collide.  In the Kane novels, Riordan dropped little hints that both series were occuring concurrently. Even more than "Sobek," "Seraphis" sets the stage for a major crossover by playing directly off of subplots from the Kane books, and by reviving a god who is neither wholly Greco-Roman nor wholly Egyptian: Seraphis was a god created specifically for the city of Alexandria, long before the city and library there burned.  Riordan also uses this story as a chance to compare and contrast not just the way magic works for Greek Half-bloods versus Egyptian sorcerers but also the personalities of his main characters. Annabeth and Sadie learn to work together despite the former's need to have a plan and the latter's penchant for "spell first, questions later" type behavior.  (In this regard, Annabeth is more like Carter Kane, and Sadie is more like Percy, and it shows repeatedly throughout the story.)  Again, this is a fun read and whets my appetite for a full-on crossover after the current Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series concludes.

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