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

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Twilight
by Stephenie Meyer
Book #1 in the Twilight Saga

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Date: 2006
Pages: 501
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Paranormal
Days to Read: 6
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD Scribd

About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

Deeply seductive and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight is a love story with bite.

I am definitely a Twilight fan. Why would I reread something I didn’t like? I can also see why people don’t like it, to each their own right?

If you don’t know Twilight follows Bella Swan as she moves from Arizona to Forks, Seattle to live with her dad so her mum can travel with her new husband. She is initially miserable until she notices a mysterious boy, Edward. Suddenly Forks isn’t so boring.

I love Bella, I really do, but this time around I began to notice how she complained and what she complained about. Like the weather and that Charlie isn’t home. All things that no one has any control over, which leaves very little reason to complain. I can appreciate that it must be difficult to move to a new state and start at a new school but she really didn’t want to be there and definitely acted as such.

I found the backstories we got to be honestly the part of the story I really enjoyed. I couldn’t remember how I knew any of Alice’s back story and when it came up in the story I was so happy – I really wish there was a book about Alice, I would love that – I love reading about all their lives before hand, Carlile’s is another interesting one.

Forks as a setting is stunning to me. I am someone who loves the rain and the mountains so I am always in heaven reading books based in Seattle or Alaska.

Overall Twilight is a nostalgic read for me. Will I reread it again? probably. Does that mean that its a spectacular novel? no. But for me it will always be a go too.

Plot: 4/10
Ease of reading: 9/10
Character Development: 6/10
World Building: 5/10
Quality of Writing: 5/10
Overall: 2.5/5

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?

Review: ‘Renegades’ By Marissa Meyer

Renegades

‘Renegades’
By Marissa Meyer
Book #1 in the Renegades Series

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends Book
Publish Date: 2017
Pages: 552
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

Synopsis

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Thoughts

I’ve been tentative to pick up this book for one reason and one reason only… its HUGE! I mean just over 500 pages doesn’t seem like a lot when you compare it to something like ‘A Kingdom of Ash’ which is more like 900+ pages, but compared to your average every day book, it seems huge!

Finally I put that aside and jumped into the story. I’d been intrigued by the concept from the get go (obviously why I purchased the book in the first place) and the prologue starts off with a bang. We get a glimpse of a backstory into Nova our protagonist throughout the novel which gives us some context when we pick things up with here 10 years later.

Nova is a great main character. She is someone who is still deciding on her place in the world, even though she’s been labeled and working with the villains, she does have one thing on her mind though, revenge. As we follow Nova through the story we can see her struggling with this need for revenge and her own form of justice and learning more about the people she’s been fighting against her whole life.

I absolutely loved the cast of characters that came along with Nova both Villain and Renegade alike. It was interesting to see how each prodigy discovered or developed their powers and really looks at how your experiences as a child can mould you as a person.

Even though the book is huge, there really isn’t a dull moment. Which makes it quite an easy read. I was engaged in the story from the get go and really was rooting for Nova through out.

Rating

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 6/10
Character Development: 8.5/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Stars:  4/5

 

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Have you read ‘Renegades’? What were your thoughts?