The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo, #3)by Rick Riordan Published 01 May 2018
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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. . . .
"The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo, #3)" Reviews
Let one year of agonizing wait begin. :')
"It's been my observation," I said, "that you humans are more than the sum of your history. You can choose how much of your ancestry to embrace. You can overcome the expectations of your family and your society. What you cannot do, and should never do, is try to be someone other than yourself."
*screams into the void*
Whelp. Rick's done it. Not since The Mark of Athena have I felt so destroyed by a Rick Riordan book.
IT'S NOT FAIR I TELL YOU.
*swings back wine bottle*
Okay. I think I'm ready to talk about this.
The Burning Maze is the third book in The Trials of Apollo series, and Rick Riordan's nineteenth demigod book. I've read every single one of this man's books, and I'm never disappointed. So it shouldn't be a surprise that I absolutely loved this.
I sound like a broken record at this point, but I don't care. This series is just...so special. I love all of Rick's books, sure, but there's something about The Trials of Apollo that just gets me. This series centers around Apollo, the shining Greek god of archery, music, medicine, and the Sun, among other things. At the beginning of the first book, Zeus casts Apollo out of Olympus as punishment for his failures, and traps him in the body of a 16 year old boy named Lester Papadopoulos. Cursed with mortality, acne, and flab, Apollo must complete five trials in order to restore himself to his godly glory.
Apollo is still one of the funniest Rick Riordan characters ever put on the page. His voice is biting, self-absorbed, and utterly hysterical. He's not your conventional hero. He's not selfless, or brave, and he has absolutely no qualms about it. And that's what makes him great.
But, Apollo has gone through a lot since the beginning of the first book, and he has much more to lose.
What surprised me most about Apollo's character is how much growth he's experienced since book one. Our main character has lived for millennia, and he carries quite a bit of baggage from his past. On top of his past failures, Apollo is consistently confronted by his own mortality, and becomes all too familiar with the pain and love that comes with being human. Seeing his growth has been so powerful, and incredibly emotional.
The relationships he forms in this series are also wonderful. I'll continue to harp on the fact that Meg and Apollo have the most adorable friendship ever. Yeah, you heard me. Who knew the friendship between a former all-powerful god and a twelve-year-old girl would be so goddamn beautiful?
Our cast of side characters bring a ton to the story as well. I loved seeing more of the nymphs and dryads in this installment, and there were some amazing cameos in here. I've missed Grover so much. What a delight he was! Coach Hedge, Piper, and Jason were also welcome additions to this cast of characters.
I LOVE EVERYONE.
On top of all that, The Burning Maze has the best villain this series has seen so far. I won't name the crazy Roman Emperor that makes an appearance in this installment, but he was...disgustingly evil. Quite the fitting villain, and a terrifying foil for our characters.
The story constantly kept me on my toes, and this was definitely a lot darker than the previous two books in the series. There was this feeling of constant dread interwoven throughout the narrative. The emotion was heightened to astronomical proportions, and I freaking cried my eyes out at one point. Sobbed.
The Trials of Apollo is an all-time-favorite for a reason, guys. It's that good.
With just the right balance of laughs and emotion, wonderful characters, a batshit crazy villain, and an exciting story set in the depths of the Labyrinth, The Burning Maze succeeds on so many levels. I absolutely adored this book. How, oh how will I wait for the fourth book?What must I do to get my hands on it?!
The wait might just kill me, but I'm so ready.
The cover is here and IT’S BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Is it May yet?????????
Hey folks! It's that time of year when I write a really incoherent screamy review about Rick Riordan's books and I get told to chill, but I have no chill when it comes to Rick Riordan. And believe me when I say that this time, Rick Riordan is not fucking around.
Don't get me wrong - for a lot of the book, we've got the same fun adventure romp that many readers have come to love about Rick's books, even if it is somewhat formulaic. We've got Apollo in all his melodrama, with soooooooo many references to pop culture and history, for both modern teenagers AND their parents. So many. SO. MANY. Apollo, as always, is such a horrifying delight to read, because he's a disaster, and he's so conceited, but it's all very endearing. That being said, I believe that Apollo's a lot more sympathetic than he was in the first or second books - he's learned some humility. His earlier adventures have stuck with him, and it was great to see so much character development.
It was really exciting seeing Grover again, and seeing how much he's matured. I'm so proud of him. And the Hedge family - I really grew into loving the three of them in this book, even though I didn't really pay them a lot of heed in the Heroes of Olympus. We also got some old villains, like Medea, which was really cool to see.
Spoilers from this point on.
So to sum it all up, in one non-spoilery sentence: Rick Riordan does it again - a fun adventurous romp through mythology, history, Roman emperors, and a bit of emotional turmoil thrown in, just for funsies. I'm really anticipating the next book.
WE ALL KNOW THAT YOU DONT KILL ONE OF THE ORIGINAL SEVEN DEMIGODS. YOU JUST DON'T!!!!!!!!
all the emotions