Trials of Apollo: The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan

Summery

At last, the breathtaking, action-packed finale of the #1 bestselling Trials of Apollo series is here! Will the Greek god Apollo, cast down to earth in the pathetic moral form of a teenager named Lester Papadopoulos, finally regain his place on Mount Olympus? Lester’s demigod friends at Camp Jupiter just helped him survive attacks from bloodthirsty ghouls, an evil Roman king and his army of the undead, and the lethal emperors Caligula and Commodus. Now the former god and his demigod master Meg must follow a prophecy uncovered by Ella the harpy. Lester’s final challenge will be at the Tower of Nero, back in New York. Will Meg have a last showdown with her father? Will this helpless form of Apollo have to face his arch nemesis, Python? Who will be on hand at Camp Half-Blood to assist? These questions and more will be answered in this book that all demigods are eagerly awaiting.

Thoughts

It has been a real hot minute since I wrote a review, so this one may be short and how just how rusty I am.

The Trials of Apollo series is one that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and I genuinely sad to see come to an end. The way that Rick Riordan writes Apollo aka Lester Papadopoulos makes me laugh every time and is filled while such entertaining and consistent wit. It feels true to how the god would of been in all the myths.

Throughout the series we have seen characters from across the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series grow and evolve getting glimpses into where their lives have headed since the end of their respective stories. As a reader that thrives on character connection this is something that I absolutely love seeing.

The overall plot of ‘The Tower of Nero’ ties together all the loose ends from the previous 4 books of the ‘Trials of Apollo’ series. Allowing characters, readers and listeners the closure that is needed after such a saga of events.

I am honestly sad to see the end of this series and really hope for more Lester Papadopoulos in the future.

What are your thoughts on the series?

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

The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

The Ship of the Dead
by Rick Riordan
#3 Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Trilogy

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Date: 2017
Pages: 410
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Mythology
Days to Read: 23
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD Scribd

Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin’s chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn’t naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus faces his most dangerous trial yet. His cousin, Annabeth, recruits her boyfriend, Percy Jackson, to give Magnus some pointers, but will his training be enough?

Loki is free from his chains. He’s readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, complete with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Asgardian gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok. It’s up to Magnus and his friends to stop him, but to do so they will have to sail across the oceans of Midgard, Jotunheim, and Niflheim in a desperate race to reach Naglfar before it’s ready to sail. Along the way, they will face angry sea gods, hostile giants, and an evil fire-breathing dragon. But Magnus’s biggest challenge will be facing his own inner demons. Does he have what it takes to outwit the wily trickster god?

Ship of the dead is the conclusion to the ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard’ Trilogy. In the third book Magnus and his friends are trying to prevent Ragnarok which is about to happen! We pretty much follow them as they go up against Loki to prevent the end of the world.

Magnus is a character I can really get behind. He is so caring of his friends and accepting of everyones differences. The diversity of the characters within this trilogy is great. We have characters from different races as well as a character who is gender fluid and asks characters to use their preferred pronouns on any given day.

The plot of ‘Ship of the Dead’ explores more into the Ragnarok myths from Norse Mythology. I enjoyed that we continue to look at different aspects of this myth throughout the three books in the story. I did struggle through parts of this story because I felt as though we were exploring characters we’d already explored previously, however when we looked into the back stories of some of the characters we haven’t really explored before I was really into it.

Magnus Chase is a great series for anyone who enjoys Rick Riordan’s book or mythology in general. Its a great way to enter mythological worlds for readers and can really grow a passion in both young and older readers.

Plot: 7/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 7/10
World Building: 7.5/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Overall:4.5/5

Review: ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor’ By Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase & the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor

By Rick Riordan

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Date: 2016
Pages: 459
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Mythology
Days to Read: 
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

“Magnus Chase, you nearly started Ragnarok. What are you going to do next?”

It’s been six weeks since Magnus and his friends returned from defeating Fenris Wolf and the fire giants. Magnus has adjusted to life at the Hotel Valhalla—as much as a once-homeless and previously alive kid can. As a son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus doesn’t exactly fit in with the rest of Odin’s chosen warriors, but he has a few good peeps among his hallmates on floor nineteen, and he’s been dutifully training for Ragnarok along with everyone else. His days have settled into a new kind of normal.

But Magnus should have known there’s no such thing as normal in the Nine Worlds. His friends Hearthstone and Blitzen have disappeared. A new hallmate is creating chaos. According to a very nervous goat, a certain object belonging to Thor is still missing, and the thunder god’s enemies will stop at nothing to gain control of it.

Time to summon Jack, the Sword of Summer, and take action. Too bad the only action Jack seems to be interested in is dates with other magical weapons.

I have wanted to continue with the ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard’ series as soon as I put down the first book in the series. But having so many things to reading and heading on a trip overseas stopped me from jumping right into the next book. Now we are here and I have finally read it!

So if you do not know ‘Magnus Chase & The Hammer of Thor’ is the sequel to ‘Magnus Chase & the Sword of Summer’ we follow Magnus and his friends as they go on a very roundabout mission to recover Thor’s Hammer which has been stolen.

I really like Magnus as a character. He isn’t arrogant and can really under estimate his own abilities. I really enjoy reading from his perspective for that. I also find his narration of the story absolutely hilarious! I honestly wanted to tab up my copy with the lines that genuinely had me laughing (however I ran out of tabs).

The stories progression was well paced and covered more of the Norse myths which I really enjoyed as I recognised them from Neil Gaiman’s ‘Norse Mythology’. I really enjoyed how they incorporated them into the story. Overall I thought that the characters were central to the plot and their development grew with the story itself.

The Nine worlds being set in Boston and the Greek myths being set in New York in Rick Riordan’s Universe is something I absolutely love! I love that we hear of things from the other Rick Riordan series and how the gods are all intertwined.

I honeatly cannot wait to read ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Ship of the Dead’ and really wish there were more book in the series!

Plot: 8.5/10
Ease of reading: 10/10
Character Development: 9/10
World Building:7.5/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars: 5/5

I absolutely love this series and cannot wait to get to the final book!

Review: ‘Sword of Summer’ By Rick Riordan

‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer’

By Rick Riordan

Book #1 in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Series

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Date: 2015
Pages: 491
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Mythology
Days to Read: 9
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to track him down—his uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about. When Magnus tries to outmaneuver his uncle, he falls right into his clutches. Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus’s birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

The more Randolph talks, the more puzzle pieces fall into place. Stories about the gods of Asgard, wolves, and Doomsday bubble up from Magnus’s memory. But he doesn’t have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents. . . .

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.

This was my first exploration into a story based in Norse Mythology. We follow Magnus Chase, a boy living on the streets. The beginning of the story really connects this trilogy to some of the existing stories written my Rick Riordan. This is something that I wasn’t expecting as the first two series I had read were based in Greek mythology and this one obviously being based in Norse mythology. It was definitely enjoyable though!

The myths and gods in Magnus Chase are taken seriously with references to current movies and comics where some characters are also portrayed. This by no means indicates that characters will look and act as they do in those places, they seem more true to myth. I really enjoyed learning more about Norse mythology and plan to read more into it soon!

Magnus Chase as a character feels like a classic Rick Riordan hero. He’s unsure of himself and his abilities but grows into someone with more self worth and realisation of capabilities beyond what he believes. This is what I enjoy about a Rick Riordan read, they show a character developing. I have no doubt that through the next 2 book we will see more of this.

I absolutely loved the introduction of each of the gods we met in this book it really felt unique to each of them and really gives an authentic feel to what the gods are like and how they are portrayed in myth.

If you are someone who loves Rick Riordan books or anything to do with mythology I feel like this could be a good read for you.

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

Have you read the Magnus Chase Series, what do you think?

#Avengersreadathon2019 Wrap up

The end of the #Avengersreadathon2019 has come! I didn’t know what I was signing up for when I decided to join in on the #Avengersreadathon with only 2 weeks left. I was coming off a really successful reading month in April when I managed to read a ton of books. This readathon on the other hand was not a success. I’m still really happy I gave it a go and I really hope that it becomes more of an annual thing.

I did manage to complete 2 of the prompts for the Spider-man assignment.

The 2 I completed were ‘the amazing Spider-man’ which was to read a graphic novel. For this I ended up reading ‘The Cucumber Quest 2: The Ripple Kingdom’ By Gigi D.G. I also completed one Ironman prompt which was ‘Tony’s Suit’ Read a book with a red cover. Which I did by reading ‘Queen of Shadows’ By Sarah J. Maas.

I am currently reading ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer’ By Rick Riordan.

This was my pick for the Thor Prompt ‘Norse Mythology’ which was to read a mythology book. Even though I am going to finish it after the readathon is over and it won’t count anymore I am going to finish it. I am really enjoying it.

The part of the #Avengersreadathon2019 that I was able to participate in I really enjoyed. I am hoping that this readathon is run again next year to give me a chance to participate completely!

Did you participate in the #Avengersreadathon2019? How did you go?

Book discussion

I am really excited to get this new project off the ground! (Don’t worry I’ll go into more detail later)

For now I need your input!

Comment on this post any thoughts, feelings, questions ect. You might have about:

* Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets

* The Assassins Blade

* Throne of Glass

* Crown of midnight

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

New Years Resolutions Book Tag 2019

I saw this tag in Jenniely’s blog you can check out her post here!

Being the New Year – kind of still – I decided it was a good time to complete this tag…

V.E. Schwab! I’ve really been wanting to pick up the ‘Darker Shade of Magic’ series and I really hope I can get to it this year!

I only got this book last year so kind of makes sense that I haven’t read it yet, but ‘Strange the Dreamer’ is one I want to get to in 2019.

100% ‘A Court of and Fury’ By Sarah J. Maas. I mean I want to reread the whole series but I think this is my favourite book of them all!

Rick Riordan! I’ve read the Percy Jackson Series, The Heroes of Olympus Series and the books that are out in the Trials of Apollo series. This year I really hope to get to the the Magnus Chase series.

So I didn’t really get any books for Christmas but I did purchase this book around Christmas time. I haven’t heard to much about ‘Nimona’ by Noelle Stevenson but it looks really good and I can’t wait to get into it.

The Seven Realms series By Cinda Williams Chima. I’ve heard a little bit about this series and it sounded like something that I’d enjoy, so I am keen to get to it in 2019.

I am currently working my way through this series which I started at the end of last year. I’ve ended up finishing ‘Throne of Glass’ and ‘Assassin’s Blade’ and am currently reading ‘Crown of Midnight’. So excited to hopefully finish this series in 2019.

I do set reading goals. For 2019 I want to try and read 45 books!

In 2019 I want to try and buy less books as well as decreasing the gap between my read and unread books.

I tag anyone and everyone who wants to participate in this tag!