I did not read the first two books in this series. There, I said it. So when people dive into my review and start getting upset that I failed to catch something that I should have, I will fall back on this rather than a sword. The Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze serves as a halfway point for the series and, as with all of Rick Riordan‘s books, enables first time readers to not feel alienated or unable to submerge themselves into his story.
I am not a constant reader of Riordan’s work but I will do my best to give you a glimpse of what I saw.
Apollo, Greek god of the sun, music, art, poetry, prophecy, healing, and plague, and the most perfectly, perfect god (according to himself), has gotten himself in trouble once again with his dad. When your dad is Zeus, god of thunder and king of all Olympians, the punishment can tend to be quite long, arduous, and definitely on the unpleasant side. And is there anything more unpleasant than becoming a teenage mortal boy? Apollo needs help and there’s only one place that can really help him – Camp Half-Blood (yay!!), in The Trials of Apollo, the first book The Hidden Oracle series by Percy Jackson author Rick Riordan.
When we last saw Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos, offspring of the most villainous villains of the Isle of the Lost, they had saved the kingdom of Auradon from Maleficent, who had turned into a dragon, intent on destroying them all. Her daughter Mal stood up to her and won… the battle and the newly crowned King Ben, son of Beauty and the Beast. Now they are happy and settled in their school life at Auradon Prep. Or are they? When they each receive an ominous message urging them to Return to the Isle of the Lost referencing the moon, they don’t know what to think… only that it can’t be good.
More on the new novel by Melissa De La Cruz below.
“You are food.” The very first line of Trollhunters provides the motive for the entire novel. Humans are historically food for trolls, but most have evolved to an animal diet, in their natural habitat under bridges and underground. Some, however, still had the taste for human parts.
In 1969, at the height of the Milk Carton epidemic, the Sturges brothers were riding their bikes, soon to be headed home. Then Jack and his younger brother Jim had to be home before dark. It was a dangerous time with all the missing children. They were racing their bikes and all of a sudden, Jack was gone, joining the Milk Carton kids. Jim was never the same.
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