Are you caught up in the hype surrounding Trials of Apollo, Book 3, The Burning Maze (Coming May 1st)?
Why was Annabeth Chase crying in the last Magnus Chase book?
Why is Uncle Rick posting a picture of a book display, which reads GODS HELPS US ALL?
If you haven’t started TRIALS, or if you need a re-introduction to the series, the RRBC is a helpful friend. Consider the below a little primer for what to expect from the best-selling series, and stay tuned to the conversation on @readriordan.
1. The Punishment
It all starts when Apollo falls from the sky into a dumpster. Instead of his almighty, courageous, beautiful sun god self, he’s now an awkward sixteen-year-old human with no powers, complete with zits and flab . . . and the name Lester Papadopoulos.
2. Introducing Meg McCaffrey
The first ally Lester meets on Earth is a brash young daughter of Demeter named Meg McCaffrey. She speaks in one-syllable sentences and staves off enemies with rotten fruit. On the plus side, she helps him track down someone who can offer real help: You guessed it, Percy Jackson.
3. Return to Camp Half-Blood
Apollo (Lester) finds himself at Earth’s top training ground for demigods. He’s a god among mere demigods, but he can’t even compete in archery or music, his two top talents. It’s a sad realization for Apollo, now Lester. But then campers start disappearing, and that forces him to temporarily push the pity aside and help, as only a feeble adolescent with a god complex can.
4. Cue the Bad Guys
Rachel Elizabeth Dare, everyone’s favorite camp Oracle, tells Lester about Triumvirate Holdings, a massive organization run by three corrupt Roman emperors. At the top stands Nero, bent on world domination. (This is why we can’t trust big business.)
5. Perilous Prophecies
Will Lester make it back to Olympus as Apollo? Or will he be stuck in his pimply mortal form? The godly path requires that he restore five darkened Oracles, beginning with one hidden somewhere at Camp Half-Blood. And he has to do it the Lester way, which could result in . . . you know . . . death.