If you’ve read any of my blogs before, you’ll already know that I am a giant fan of Rick Riordan and everything he writes. The newest series he’s working on, along with his Magnus Chase series, is The Trials of Apollo.
Apollo, the Greek god of music, healing, prophecy, and the sun, has angered his father Zeus enough to be exiled as a human to Earth. Without his powers, Apollo has been transformed into a weak, dorky human who must now figure out how to survive long enough to get back in his father’s good graces. Of course, Apollo — whose new name is Lester Papadopolous — has many mortal and immortal enemies who would love to get their hands on him, so a trip to Camp Half Blood is the only option. Some familiar faces from Riordan’s other series appear– like Percy Jackson and more (I can’t tell you because it will spoil it!), so fans will appreciate the appearances.
I was wary to read this series because I didn’t want the beloved voice of Percy Jackson to sound anything like the god Apollo, but I needn’t have worried because Riordan had it mastered. Apollo’s voice in the novels has been compared to Gilderoy Lockhart, which is perfect and hilarious. The second book in the series just came out on May 2nd with a third book to be released early next year.
Have you ever loved a character so much that you wished he or she was real? You loved them so much that you devoured every short story or theory about your character on the Internet and got lost? No? Is that just me? Oh.
Well, Percy Jackson is my favorite character ever written by my favorite author Rick Riordan. Percy’s five-book series was never enough for me, so you can imagine how excited I was to read Riordan’s other series and find that Percy just kept popping up when you least expected him to. That’s part of the reason why I keep reading and re-reading Riordan’s various series, but the main reason is that of Riordan’s writing itself. Sure, the main theme of each series is the same — inexperienced demigods from various cultures are sent on quests to save the world from sure destruction — but I never can grow tired of his words, and I have never been bored for one minute.
If you want to read the various series in chronological order, definitely read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series first. Percy is a young boy from New York City who finds out that his dad is actually a Greek god. Next, you’ll want to read The Kane Chronicles. Brother and sister, Carter and Sadie Kane, find out that they possess the power of the ancient Egyptian magicians. There are also three short stories involving Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, and Carter and Sadie Kane.
Next is The Heroes of Olympus series, which involves new characters descended from Roman gods as well as old characters from the Greek side. Each book is more intense than the last! Riordan’s newest series takes place simultaneously, but the first Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard — which is about the descendants of Old Norse gods — the book was released before the first The Trials of Apollo book — which revisits Greek and Roman myths — was. The final books for these two series will be released at the end of 2017 and at the beginning of 2018, respectively.
If you’re like me and just can’t let old characters go, then the books in Rick Riordan’s little universe are the ones for you. I might be biased, though, but I think these books are great for all ages. You can find the series in the Juvenile Fiction section of the library, or you can download every title from the Indiana Digital Download Center. You won’t regret it!