The Trials of Apollo #3: The Burning Maze

Think being the sun god is all sweetness and light? Myth master Rick Riordan says NOPE! In fact, Apollo must have done something to really upset Rick, because he’s been cast down to Earth in the body of a dorky mortal boy. Okay, okay. It’s not really Rick Riordan’s fault that Apollo ticked off his father Zeus, and got stripped of his godhood as a punishment. The big question is: what now? Staying as Lester – his human self – is a fate worse than death. Trouble is, the only escape route involves a series of seriously scary trials. Such as facing a very odd Oracle who only speaks in puzzles, and defeating a really rotten Roman ruler!

  • Third in a brilliant series by myth master Rick Riordan
  • Rick is the hugely acclaimed creator of Percy Jackson
  • A return to Camp Half Blood with a hilarious new hero
  • Bursting with humour, adventure and Greek mythology

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    Okay…. How shall we start? First of all, I’m American so don’t criticize how I speak. Second of all, I spent a long time staring at the cover because it was NOT like I was used to.

    WARNING: Small spoilers ahead.

    The Burning Maze wasn’t that good. The plot was too simple, there was hardly any twists, and Apollo and Meg survived just because of luck. And I also should mention that Piper and Jason held no appeal in this book. They helped Apollo, saved the day, died, saved the day again, etc. Also, the other villains in the series had a connection with either Apollo or Meg. Nero proved himself the master of manipulation and he had a creepy goal to get Meg back on his side. Because of that, he kinda turned into the most feared villain in the series. Commodus held a connection with Apollo and I have to admit, he was just naturally funny and had an obsession with spectacle (pun intended). But Caligula just resembled those villains who are evil for the sake of being evil, you know? He wasn’t too scary, wasn’t any fun, and was overall BORING. Maybe I don’t like it also because of how RR settled Piper and Jason. In the second book we already know that Leo was with Calypso and settling in Indianapolis, but the way RR settled Piper and Jason wasn’t as happy. By the end of the book one was dead and the other was going somewhere else because their family’s reputation was destroyed. Also, I think RR could have made the Aeithales-in-danger thing better, because over the course of the book Incantitus and Caligula never attacked Aeithales again. This book wasn’t for me, but who knows? It may become your new favorite book.

    19 August 2020

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    Rick Riordan

    Rick Riordan is blockbuster author of the best-selling Percy Jackson books, The Kane Chronicles and the Magnus Chase series.


    Rick won the Askews and Red House Children’s Book Awards for Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief in 2006, and was named the US Children’s Choice Author of the Year in 2011.

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