It does not matter if you’re a loyal Percy Jackson fan or his name sounds unfamiliar to you, the name that is important here is that of Rick Riordan who has done something that has not been done since his first Percy Jackson series.
The Burning Maze, is the third book in The Trials of Apollo. The book opens with the formerly glorious god Apollo who gets cast down to earth because he is punished by Zeus. Apollo is stripped of all his powers and now is an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. But since he has to regain his place on Mount Olympus, he must first restore five Oracles that have gone dark, that too without any godly powers along with a duty-bound to a confounding Meg, who is the daughter of Demeter.
Well, with the help of his demigod friends, Lester has managed to survive his first two trials one at Camp half-blood and the other at Indianapolis where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words that she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plan to attack Camp Jupiter. Leo flies ahead to warn the Roman camp, while Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor and an Oracle, who speaks in word puzzle, in Southwest America.
Not to give you any spoilers but a character is killed and his last words to Apollo are, “GO! Remember!”. In my opinion, the killing of a character is what makes this book so real even though it is in a mythological setting. A fact that Apollo should know, because before he turned into a mortal, he was a careless one who would send demigods on quests and take favours from them.
All in all, Rick Riordan has always been praised because he has always been an original extraordinary writer. One simply cannot underestimate Riordan because he plans all the characters and the path that they follow very seriously which always have added another reason to stick around and read the book. We just cannot undermine Riordan or any of his characters, at least as of now, because we are just halfway through the series.
Much more remains that needs to be solved.
If you are looking for a book that lets you live through a mythology and a real life dimension without any complicated twists and turns, you should definitely give this book a read. The next book in the series is The Tyrant’s Tomb, which is set to be released in 2019.