The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan

The Tyrant’s Tomb
by Rick Riordan
#4 in the Trials of Apollo Series

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Date: 2019
Pages: 439
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Mythology
Days to Read: 4
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks

In his penultimate adventure, a devastated but determined Apollo travels to Camp Jupiter, where he must learn what it is to be a hero, or die trying.

It’s not easy being Apollo, especially when you’ve been turned into a human and banished from Olympus. On his path to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his godly powers, Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) has faced both triumphs and tragedies. Now his journey takes him to Camp Jupiter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Roman demigods are preparing for a desperate last stand against the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors. Hazel, Reyna, Frank, Tyson, Ella, and many other old friends will need Apollo’s aid to survive the onslaught. Unfortunately, the answer to their salvation lies in the forgotten tomb of a Roman ruler . . . someone even worse than the emperors Apollo has already faced.

By the second last book in The Trials of Apollo series, so much has happened and The Tyrant’s Tomb is no exception. ‘The Burning Maze’ ended with the death of a beloved character that honestly rocked me as a reader. During the events that take place in ‘The Tyrant’s Tomb’ we also see characters grieving this death and how each individual deals with thr repocussions of this.

Throughout all the Rick Riordan series so many important themes are dicussed, especially for the age bracket that they are intended for. I find that Rick Riordan broaches topics such a gender fluitity, death, sexuality, race and religion in a manner that allows readers to understand concepts, ideas and even themselves in a deeper way. This also allows for everybody to be represented in a large range of books.

The way that Apollo is represented in the stories is one of my absolute favourites. I love that his personality is the same regardless of where he is represented. He is definitely very self confident and has a humerous way of expressing himself. I found myself laughing out loud at some of his lines.

The plot as a whole was enjoyable to read. We spent a lot of time with the heroes from the Roman camp and watched as they battled these ancient villains, always the self sarcrificer to save others. We also see more of the importance of every charcaters in the story with all of them developing so fluidly that the changes aren’t really visable in each individual book.

The Tyrant’s Tomb gave me another of the mythology stories that I live for. It is an important addition to the Trials of Apollo series. As readers we have been set up well for the finale to Apollo’s story of redemption.

Plot: 7/10
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 6/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Overall: 4.5/5

Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe
by Madeline Miller

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Date: 2018
Pages: 393
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Mythology
Days to Read: 1
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love. 

There isn’t much I love more than Mythology, to be more specific, Greek mythology. It’s my jam. I absolutely love it and It’s definitely something I am passing onto the girls at school.

This book however will not be passed on to them. Circe is an absolutely amazing read, with the back drop of the titans and gods of ancient Greece I was in absolute heaven while reading this intense and intricately woven tale.

Circe is a protagonist that you can’t help but want to help. She is pretty much the forgotten daughter of Helios who attempts to keep the peace and who adores her father. She is ridiculed for this even by her father. We begin to see a development after her significant interaction with Prometheus, Circe becomes somewhat disillusioned and begins to act more on her own wishes and whims. We really see her confidence grow.

This growth was not only crucial to the story but utterly engaging to read. By this point I was behind Circe one hundred percent. I really felt for her. She had been through so much and seemed to constantly be in a negative position.

The story was utterly addictive. I ended up finishing this book in one day because I just couldn’t put it down. I completely devoured it and even when the story was done I wanted more.

Miller’s writing was perfect for the telling of myth. To be fair this is my first experience reading her work however Miller, to me, sits along side such authors as Stephen Fry and Rick Riordan, whose writing my Greek myth had be wanting more and more stories.

It is really hard to put into words just how much I enjoyed Circe. I was enthralled from the get go, taking each new chapter and development with a desire for more.

For those who are interested in the tale of Circe I would more than recommend it, however proceed with caution, there are some definitely trigger warnings for this book so double check those before diving in.

Plot: 9/10
Ease of reading: 6/10
Character Development: 8.5/10
World Building: 7/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars: 5/5

‘Wings of Olympus’ by Kallie George Review

Wings of Olympus

by Kallie George

Publisher: Harpercollins
Date: 2019
Pages: 224
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Mythology
Days to Read: 2
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks

Take flight with Pippa and her winged horse in this heartfelt two-book series about a young girl who must win the hardest race in ancient Greece in order to stay with her closest friend.

High on the slopes of mighty Mount Olympus, among the sun-splashed meadows and sparkling waters, glide the winged horses of the ancient gods. Here up high is normally no place for a lost, parentless girl like Pippa. But once every hundred years, the gods and goddesses descend to the mortal realm to choose jockeys for their winged horse race—and Pippa is one of the lucky children chosen to ride.

With her undersized, impetuous winged steed, Zephyr, by her side, Pippa has to confront the greatest challenge of her life: achieving victory in a race across the sky.

No one expects Pippa and Zephyr to win, or even finish, this death-defying race. A poor orphan who’s spent her life working in stables, Pippa doesn’t seem to belong in the world of the gods. And while she loves Zephyr with all her heart, he’s smaller than the other winged horses racing. But if Pippa and Zephyr don’t find a way to win, the gods will separate them—forever.

To stay with Zephyr, Pippa will have to work harder, train longer, and dare more bravely than her competition. In a race filled with petty, jealous gods and goddesses and a host of ruthless riders, Pippa must prove that love is greater than might.

Find me a book with a pegasus on the cover and honestly I am completely and utterly in, I don’t care if it’s a middle grade. I genuinely heard about ‘Wings of Olympus’ on Youtube and bought it as soon as I could. Because I am crazy for anything Greek Myth!

In the story we follow mostly Pippa who is an orphan who wishes for more from her life and is an avid horse lover. Pippa along with other children are selected by different Gods to compete in a race to choose then next pegasus that will assist Zeus. Obviously everyone wants to win.

The middle gradeness of the story really comes through not only in the cast of characters being children but also the gorgeous moral storyline and the ultimate story of trusting yourself and your instincts. its honestly so cute!

Pippa is a determined mine character. We don’t get to experience much of her really with the book being so short but I love her dreamer quality. I love reading from a dreamers point of view an the selflessness that comes along with that. I was really on her side from the get go.

One this I wish was different about this story would be the length, I want more!

Wings of Olympus is a quick and fun read that is so light hearted and whimsical that I can always get around it.

Plot: 5/10
Ease of reading: 10/10
Character Development: 6/10
World Building: 6.5/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10
Stars: 4/5


What is your favourite thing to read about?

Mythothon 2019

I was perusing the interwebs as usual as I sipped my coffee this morning, I know, I know I should of been reading. I started to scroll trough my YouTube Subscriptions and saw that Brittany the Bibliophile had uploaded. Obviously I wanted to watch it, then I saw that she was announcing her participation and co-hosting of the Mythothon. Honestly I was in already and I hadn’t even heard the prompts.

After watching I learnt that there are different groups lead by different BookTubers who are different gods with a different sign. Brittnay is Aphrodite and her sign is Earth. Each group has a group book as well as 4 other prompts. So being in Brittany’s group my prompts are the following:

  1. Read a book with an LGBTQIA+ main character
  2. Read a book with a powerful and feminine main character
  3. Read an award winning work
  4. Read a middle grade

and out last prompt is to read the group book which is ‘To Kill a Kingdom’ By Alexandra Christo.

Now I know that I am already participating in the N.E.W.Ts Readathon, but I am going to double up as many books as I can. I’ll only be adding ‘To Kill a Kingdom’ By Alexandra Christo

Here is what I plan to read:

For the first prompt to read ‘a book with an LGBTQIA+ Main character’ I am going to read ‘Heartstopper: Volume 2’ By Alice Oseman. Which I am reading for a Defence Against the Dark Arts prompt in the N.E.W.Ts.

For the second prompt ‘read a book with a powerful and feminine main character’ I chose ‘Crown of Feathers’ By Nicki Pau Preto, which I think will fit the prompt and I am reading for a Care of Magical Creatures Prompt in the N.E.W.Ts.

For the third prompt ‘Read an an award winning book’ I took a while to find one but I stumbled upon ‘Lumber Janes’ By Noelle Stevenson. I’ve had this graphic novel on my TBR for ages, and considering it is a graphic novel it won’t add to much to my N.E.W.Ts.

Prompt number 4 is to read ‘a middle grade’ which I am currently reading for the N.E.W.Ts which is ‘The Wings of Olympus’ By Kallie George. So I will hopefully be able to check this one off very soon.

Finally the 5th read will be the group book which is ‘To Kill a Kingdom’ by Alexandra Christo. This will be another addition to the N.E.W.Ts readathon, unless I can find some where to fit it in.

Fingers crossed I can completed both!

Are you participating in any readathons this month?

Completing 3 Rick Riordan Quizzes

So Classic Sunday… I’ve just finished my latest read, yes I’m hella proud of myself, and I want to spend some time relaxing before getting organised for the week ahead. I’ve watched all my YouTube subscriptions and my fiancee is playing an utterly terrifying video game….

Next best option quizzes!

I stumbled upon some quizzes on Rick Riordan’s Website and decided why not.

The First one I completed was ‘Which Greek Hero are you?’

my results…..

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Which I totally love because I strive to be dedicated honourable and brave (although that ones a bit harder haha)

Next up I did the ‘What’s Your Magical Object?’ Quiz

I got….

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I honestly love this! It made me laugh so much!

The last quiz I did – because lets face it I really need to get organised for work – was the ‘Who’s Your Godly Parent?’ Quiz and I was so ready…

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Definitely not complaining about that!!

What a way to spend a Sunday afternoon…

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Let me know what you get if you take any of these quizzes

Review: ‘The Burning Maze’ By Rick Riordan

Burning Maze

‘The Burning Maze’
By Rick Riordan
Book #3 in the Trials of Apollo Series

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publish Date: May 2018
Pages: 419
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Middle GradeFantasy
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

 

“Then humans destroyed most of the wilderness, and Pan faded into nothing. You humans. You’re why we gods can’t have nice things.”

Synopsis

The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad.

With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor—and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles—somewhere in the American Southwest. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know. They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon.

‘She gave me a wry smile. “That’s nice. I like that. You’re sure you’re not the god of wisdom?”
“I applied for the job,” I said, “But they gave it to someone else, something about inventing olives.” I rolled my eyes.’

Thoughts

‘The Burning Maze’ is the third instalment in the Trials of Apollo series. We continue to follow Apollo as he attempts to reclaim the five Oracles from three very crazy, murderous Roman Emperors. So far we have explored oracles Dordona and Trophonius and now Apollo is set to free Erythaea. We are yet to reclaim the Sibylline Books written by Cumae or Delphi

As in the first two books Apollo is joined by heroes from the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series. In ‘The Burning Maze’ we follow up with Grover, Coach Hedge, Jason, Piper and Leo with mentions of both Percy and Annabeth along the way. This is one of the things I have been loving about Rick Riordan’s books, the connection between the series and the characters is one that really engages me as a reader. You never know when a character that you loved from a different series is going to pop up again.

‘The Burning Maze’ was definitely more fast paced than ‘The Dark Prophecy’  (book two is the Trials of Apollo Series) we jumped right into the action, or so it felt. We learn what Piper, Jason and Hedge have been doing since our last encounters with them and we begin to learn more about just how much power these Emperors hold.

Most of this instalment is set in Palm Springs, which is a location that holds an immense amount of history for one of our characters whom we begin to learn more and more about (yay for character development and backstory, I love it) as well as exploring the reach of this world that Rick Riordan has created and introducing us to different Dryads and exploring their importance in the world.

‘The Burning Maze’ acts as any third instalment does and builds us up for the end of the series – there are 2 more books to be released in this series as far as I am aware –  with no real resolutions to the overall problem of the series. However this book is emotional! You have been warned! We also see Apollo develop some more human emotions than he has shown is previous books, which again is great character development.

Overall this was a great read. I got really into it near the end and could not put it down.

‘I give you my heart
I mean metaphorically 
Put away the knife’

Rating

 

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 10/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Stars:  5/5

Bookish Survey: Greek Mythology

I saw this Bookish Survey ages ago and for the life of me I cannot remember, but I thought it would be the perfect tie in for the books I’ve been reading lately!

Without further waffling lets get in to it!

Greek Mythology Tag Gods of Olympus

Greek Mythology Tag Zeus

‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ By J.K. Rowling, hands down. I have listened to this book so many times on Audible its insane! Love it to death!

Greek Mythology Tag Poseidon

‘Mystic City’ By Theo Lawrence. Honestly I read this book years ago, I don’t remember all of the plot, but boy do I remember crying my eyes out while I was reading it.

Greek Mythology Tag Hades

I would have to say ‘Genesis’ By Bernard Beckett. It’s just a book that really seems darker than expected.

Greek Mythology Tag Hera

I love Lara Jean and Peter from ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ By Jenny Han

Greek Mythology Tag Athena

There are so many but I think ‘A Court of Thorns of Roses’ By Sarah J. Mass. I absolutely love that world.

Greek Mythology Tag Artemis

Marabel from ‘Marabel and the Book of Fates’ By Tracy Barrett. She’s the only one that goes after her brother and she is an amazing characters for young girls to read about.

Greek Mythology Tag Aphrodite

That is such a difficult question. I’ve got a few. I love the Harry Potter Scholastic covers; The cover of Willa of the Wood; and my Rose Gold and white edition of The Great Gatsby. 

 

 

Greek Mythology Tag Ares

Definitely ‘Elli’ by Livia Bitton- Jackson. It was a book I had to read for school and was about world war 2.

Greek Mythology Tag Hepheastus

hands down Rhysand from ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ by Sarah J. Mass. 

Greek Mythology Tag Artemis

I love Aurora from ‘Roar’ By Cora Carmack. She’s got strength and attitude and amazing powers to boot!

Greek Mythology Tag Apollo

ooo, I don’t know… maybe if I HAD to say a book, ‘Betrayed’ by P.C and Kristin Cast. The second book in the House of Night Series.

Greek Mythology Tag Hermes

I love ‘The Apprentice Witch’ By James Nicol. Its a middle grade book with a great message of perseverance, courage and believing in yourself. A great example and message for young children.

Greek Mythology Tag Hestia

Probably a contemporary as I’m still awaiting my letter from Hogwarts. Since I don’t read a lot of contemporary novels I’d say ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ By Jenny Han.

Greek Mythology Tag Demeter

I’m going to be that person and say Hogwarts. As a teacher I would not hate teaching there if I had an option!

Greek Mythology Tag Dionysus

Wundersmith’ By Jessica Townsend and ‘Outrun the Wind’ By Elizabeth Tammi.

 

Greek Mythology Tag Heroes of olympus

Greek Mythology Tag Percy Jackson

Definitely Apollo in ‘The Trials of Apollo’ Series. The way that Rick Riordan has written him is hilarious.

Greek Mythology Tag Annabeth Chase

Maybe ‘Roar’ By Cora Carmack, only because it was something I hadn’t seen done before. But really I enjoy the plot of most books I read, otherwise I wouldn’t read them.

Gereek Mythology Tag Jason Grace

Probably the last book in like all of the super long series is also good. Like ‘The Blood of Olympus’ By Rick Riordan; ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ By J.K. Rowling, and I’m going to say ‘Breaking Dawn’ Because I love that book too!

Greek Mythology Tag Piper Mclean

Like every book on my TBR…. One’s I’m really looking forward to are ‘The Ember in the Ashes’ Series; ‘The Red Queen’ Series and ‘Willa of the Wood’. 

Greek Mythology Tag Leo Valdez

Definitely the ‘Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle’ By Rick Riordan. I haven’t laughed that hard in a book in ages.

Greek Mythology Tag Hazel

I really loved Fayre from ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ by Sarah J. Mass. She definitely qualifies as having a tragic past.

Greek Mythology Tag Frank Zhang

‘The Martian’ By Andy Weir. I hadn’t read mach science fiction before that book, bit holy moly it was incredible!

Greek Mythology Tag Nico Di Angelo

Professor McGonagall from the ‘Harry Potter’ Series (Incase you didn’t know that) we just don’t learn that much about her throughout the books and honestly I want to know more!

Greek Mythology Tag Grover Underwood

I feel like I’ve definitely heard some things about ‘Fangirl’ By Rainbow Rowell. I’ve also heard good things, so I don’t know.

Greek Mythology Tag Clarisse Le Rue

Tamlin from ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ By Sarah J. Mass although I didn’t start to find him annoying until the second book.

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So that was the longest Tag in the world, but we did it, we got to the end. If you got this far comment your would recommend read. I’d love to hear some books you’ve been loving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: ‘The Dark Prophecy’ By Rick Riordan

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‘The Dark Prophecy’
By Rick Riordan
Book #2 in the Trials of Apollo Series

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publish Date: May 2017
Pages: 414
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

Synopsis

The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad.

With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor—and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles—somewhere in the American Southwest. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know. They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon.

Thoughts

This is the second instalment in the 5 book series ‘The Trials of Apollo’ (3 of which are out) and we follow Apollo as he travels to the next Oracle to help take them back under his control. In this book we are based in Indianapolis and Calypso and Leo head out with Apollo.

Throughout the mission we are met with other characters we have met through out the ‘Percy Jackson’ series and the ‘Heroes of Olympus’ series. Both with Apollo and against him. I really enjoyed seeing these different characters come back into the picture and learn a bit more about Apollo’s back story.

I found of difficult to get into the book to begin with but by about 50 pages in I was completely into the story and desperate to find out what was going to happen in the story.

We were also introduced to some magical creatures and I am all about that. With the Griffins being an important aspect of the story.

This book is filled with action almost from the very first page and really sets the scene for the next 3 books.

Rating

Plot: 8.5/10
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 7.5/10
Stars:  3.5/5