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Book Review: Trials of Apollo Series by Rick Riordan

I’m sure that, by this point, everyone already knows Rick Riordan. But if you don’t, let me introduce you to him.

Rick Riordan (Pronounced “Ry-or-den”) is the successful author of five popular series, all of them based on mythologies. First, there is Percy Jackson and the Olympians, his most popular series based on Greek mythology. Percy Jackson, sometimes referred to as PJO, has two ‘sequel series’ – Heroes of Olympus (HO) and Trials of Apollo (TA). All of these books are part of a five book series. Heroes of Olympus introduces a Roman element of mythology, with Trials of Apollo retaining it. He has two more series. The Kane Chronicles focuses on Egyptian mythology and the story of Sadie and Carter Kane. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard centers on Norse mythology. Both of these series are trilogies.

Rick Riordan owns an imprint at the Disney publishing company called “Rick Riordan Presents!” He has published three books so far. First, Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokski is about Hindu mythology, which is seriously awesome. Next, Storm Runner by Jennifer Cervantes is about Mayan mythology. Finally, Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee showcases Korean mythology with a bit of “sci-fi opera.” To help you better understand the term “sci-fi opera,” Star Wars was once referred to as a “space opera.”

Back to Trials of Apollo! As said before, it is the ‘sequel series’ to Heroes of Olympus, and consequently, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Apollo, in human form as Lester Papadopoulos, narrates in the first person. Trials of Apollo is a fantasy/mythology series and it measures up perfectly to Rick Riordan’s previous works, at least in my opinion. Apollo has been cast down from Olympus by his father, Zeus, to perform quests under the service of a mortal until Zeus decides he is ready to come back to Olympus. At the start of book one, this has happened twice before. Both times, he has retained some of his godly powers. However, he discovers three things that he does not like. First, he doesn’t have any of his godly powers. Second, a teenaged demigod named Meg, daughter of Demeter, goddess of plants and agriculture becomes his master. Third, his quest is to rescue the five oracles from doom. Three of the oracles are controlled by Roman emperors from history, one is almost lost to the ages, and the last is controlled by Apollo’s arch-enemy, Python. Will Apollo prevail? Read book one, The Hidden Oracle, to find out!

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