The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo, #3)
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) Details

TitleThe Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 1st, 2018
PublisherDisney-Hyperion
ISBN-139781368024129
Rating
GenreFantasy, Mythology, Young Adult, Childrens, Middle Grade

The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo, #3) Review

  • Regan
    January 1, 1970
    all the emotions
  • P
    January 1, 1970
    “Pain is an interesting thing. You think you have reached your limit and you can’t possibly feel more tortured. Then you discover there is still another level of agony. And another level after that.” Dear Mr.Riordan, The Burning Maze wasn’t what I expected at all. You dared to DO THAT in this book, and yes, I’m here weeping for what you’ve done. The book is like the mixture of The Battle of the Labyrinth and The House of Hades which turns up to be my favorite of the year since I was halfway th “Pain is an interesting thing. You think you have reached your limit and you can’t possibly feel more tortured. Then you discover there is still another level of agony. And another level after that.” Dear Mr.Riordan, The Burning Maze wasn’t what I expected at all. You dared to DO THAT in this book, and yes, I’m here weeping for what you’ve done. The book is like the mixture of The Battle of the Labyrinth and The House of Hades which turns up to be my favorite of the year since I was halfway through it. There's no moment when I got bored or annoyed by the characters, not at all. “Satyrs aren't dryads, but we have roots, too. Camp Half Blood is mine.” To be honest, Lester isn't always my favorite character when I started reading the first book. He's immature and often gets everyone in trouble. He is indeed Apollo but actually he doesn't act like one. Besides, Meg is also a dull character that I almost look over her all the time. Yet they're the reasons why I'm in love with this book so much that I can't get my mind back to normal even though I finished it like two weeks ago.The book starts off with the gang exploring the maze while they're being chased by the avian creatures (i forget what they're called. so please forgive me lol). After they survive, Lester must to seek the third oracle whom he sees in his dream that she's the one being captured and used to lure him to the trap. However, he's left with no choices. Apollo must cooperate with Jason and Piper in order to acheive what he's set out to do.There're so many twists and turns in this book and I dare say it's a real tearjerking and groundbreaking book that got me crazy with I finished. The cadence is very perfect and made me laugh so many times. The best of all is the development of the main characters after what they have been through making me so pround.And the ending tore me apart. So be prepared! “Remember what it's like to be human,”
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  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    "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 ta "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.*breathes*Sorry.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.
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  • - ̗̀ jess ̖́-
    January 1, 1970
    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 refere 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. (view spoiler)[I was so excited for Piper and Jason, because I've really come to love them, even though when I first read The Lost Hero, I was not a fan of any of them. I was twelve. In the eight years in between, I have come to love each and every member of the Seven, including Leo Valdez, even if he can be really annoying. Especially since reading The House of Hades, I've really come to realize how much I love everything about Piper and Jason - I'm not a huge Jasiper fan, but I know now I love them in The Lost Hero, and all the books in between. So the first shock of the book: Jasiper broke up. I was stunned, because this contradicted everything we had seen from the ending of the Heroes of Olympus, with everyone neatly paired off and getting a happily-ever-after. We all thought that they were going to get a happily-ever-after. But I thought that this was a really mature look on first love. While Percy and Annabeth are proof that first love can be your true love - as it was for Rick himself - Piper and Jason proves that things aren't always that cut and dry. Leo and Calypso, in The Dark Prophecy, talked about how they needed to find time to figure out how to be a couple away from travelling and danger. Piper and Jason figured that they weren't a good couple, but they were still friends, and that was okay. Even seeing both Piper and Jason was so bittersweet, and it hurt that Piper's life was turned upside down. I admire how incredibly brave she was, dealing with so much in such a short time - even before the events of this book. And when we finally see Jason, we see him just the way as he's aways been - quiet, dedicated, loyal. The same qualities that I pegged him as 'boring' when I first met him in the end made me love him. And it was good to see that Jason, at least, was living as normal of a life that demigods can. I have to admit that I had, up until this recent reread and this book, that I considered Trials of Apollo to be the most juvenile of Rick's series. But it's not: the silliness hides the brutality and tragedy that has always been inherent in Greek mythology, and, well, the Camp Half-Blood-verse as a whole. This book really brought it into the forefront. On the first page of The Lightning Thief, Percy says, "Being a half-blood is dangerous. It's scary. Most of the time, it gets you killed in painful, scary ways." And sure, we've seen some pretty brutal deaths over the years. But Rick doesn't kill main characters. If he does, he brings them back. Or so we thought. Because Jason. Jason Grace dies and even though I am in denial, it is made incredibly clear that this is final. There is no Piper charmspeaking him to life. No potion. No godly magic. We see him get stabbed, twice. We see his body. We see his coffin. In all Rick Riordan's books, this is the most final and brutal death, because it's so goddamn real. I think that a lot of other deaths in the series had hope and fantasy behind them: Beckendorf and Silena reunited in Elysium, Zoe Nightshade turning into a constellation, Bianca di Angelo showing up in ghost form - and even so, these were minor characters. They were sad, but you only knew them for a book or so. You don't spend FIVE FUCKING BOOKS with them only to see them end up in a coffin. Jason's death is one of the hardest depictions of loss I've ever seen in a book, because it's so frank and human. It takes on a view of death that I've seen in books for older readers. I think it was very reminiscent of One Particular Death in one of Leigh Bardugo's books. He doesn't get a romantic monologue of dying like Luke or Silena did. It was quick and brutal. And realizing it was just as - Jason's corpse tumbling onto the beach. Even though he finished his Grand Quest, he wasn't safe, because demigods aren't safe - and neither are humans, for that matter. It's a very straightforward look at mortality. Sometimes people die gracelessly (I'M SORRY, I'M SO FUCKING SORRY). Sometimes people die too early. Sometimes people die when no one expected them to. I have criticized Rick for not killing anyone in his books, that this lowers the stakes. I think we all didn't expect the stakes to be raised so quickly. Like Caligula says: it's not a game. And this book shows it. I also have to commend Rick for this depiction of grief, because it's so fucking raw. Jason's death didn't really hit me until Leo flew in and asked, "Where's Jason," and I screamed because I realized Jason and Leo never got to say goodbye to each other. Hell, Jason never knew that Leo was ALIVE. Like, excuse me, I'm going to go cry under a rock now. Not to mention Leo going, "I can't even think right now? Is that normal? Just forgetting how to think?" That also hit me so hard because it was so real and human. And I think, if this book had been out when my dad passed away, this would have been the book I'd turn to for solace, because it covers all these complex and hard feelings about death and loss that you don't fully realize until someone you care about dies. Apollo found those feelings. Jason Grace died as he lived, for the most part: selflessly and heroically (though, notably, it wasn't a brick that killed him). And even though his death fucking hurts, I think it's given everyone a lot more fire to defeat the emperors. I have a lot of complicated feelings right now, because I only just finished the book and this is the worst fictional death I've gone through, like, ever. But I really do commend Rick Riordan on how he handled everything, even if I'm going to be shrieking into the next century. As for the end: Bellona's daughter. On the one hand, this means we'll see Reyna again, one of my favourite characters. On the other, I don't believe we got Leo's bad news from Camp Jupiter? Also, I'm really really really really not wanting this Reyna/Apollo thing to happen, so I have a lot of mixed feelings? I just. Have. A lot of feelings about this book. I have no chill. I'm sorry. (hide spoiler)]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.
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  • ambsreads
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Penguin Random House for a full copy. All thoughts are my ownYOU CAN ALSO FIND MY REVIEWS FOR ALL THE BOOKS IN THIS SERIES ON MY BLOG! CLICK HEREDare I say it? I may just. The Burning Maze is one of Rick Riordan’s top five books of all time. This book had it all. Character development that didn’t fade away, action, death, drama and the inclusion of past characters didn’t feel forced. Oh, I forgot to mention the best part! The Burning Maze brought back Grover. I honestly feel as if Grov Thank you Penguin Random House for a full copy. All thoughts are my ownYOU CAN ALSO FIND MY REVIEWS FOR ALL THE BOOKS IN THIS SERIES ON MY BLOG! CLICK HEREDare I say it? I may just. The Burning Maze is one of Rick Riordan’s top five books of all time. This book had it all. Character development that didn’t fade away, action, death, drama and the inclusion of past characters didn’t feel forced. Oh, I forgot to mention the best part! The Burning Maze brought back Grover. I honestly feel as if Grover is one of the most underappreciated characters in all of Rick Riordan’s series. That satyr deserves a heck of a lot more recognition for what he’s gone through and the fact he was here in The Burning Maze? You bet I screamed.The Burning Maze kicks off almost hours after the end of The Dark Prophecy. Meg, Apollo and Grover are travelling through the labyrinth (yes, the labyrinth is back) and are facing some complications, obviously. The trio goes through so much and at times even has to spilt up. However, I notice Rick Riordan always makes sure to use the Camp Half-Blood rule of three people going on a quest together. In The Burning Maze, we learn more about Meg’s biological father and see her interact with dryads of where she used to live. Piper and Jason even appear, characters from one of Rick Riordan’s other series, and they didn’t make me want to die (these two were my least favourite of Rick Riordan’s).This story just seems to flow so much better than the previous one. It was honestly so exciting and I am so happy that I can passionately tell everyone to pick it up. If you’re into middle grade and Rick Riordan’s books this is so worth it.Rick really changed up the game in this one is all I’ll say without spoiling anyone. I’m just so excited for people to read it so I have people to scream with.Anyway, I’m babbling, let us jump into what I liked and didn’t like about The Burning Maze.L I K E S✗ RICK CHANGED IT UP IM THRIVINGIt’s not that Rick changed it up, it’s that he finally did things he was too afraid to do in previous books. I really can’t say much here without spoiling it and I want everyone to be as shocked as I was, so I’ll leave it at that.✗ I ACTUALLY ENJOYED JASON AND PIPER I AM SHOOKETHI despise Jason and Piper. I think they’re an Annabeth and Percy remake and I just didn’t like that in life and death situations the only person Piper cared about was Jason. It was annoying. However, finally, six books later I like them. Wow, that was hard to say. I think what I enjoyed the most was a) lack of Jason and b) Piper getting real about their relationship. Their relationship had been forged on lies – shout out to Hera, you bitch – and in such a high intense situation as war it is difficult to go back to normal life in which you can relax. I feel that this pair really showed the struggles of something like that and I am so happy Rick included it in the book.✗ GROVER IS BACK HAIL GROVERI said it earlier but Grover deserves more love. Grover goes out of his way to saves everyone’s butt and protect the world. I honestly can’t even express my excitement at getting his humour back in the books and seeing his dedication towards his friends, both old and new. He’s seriously Percy’s best friend and y’all sleep on him too much.✗THAT CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT ON APOLLO FINALLY STUCKI complained in my last review, The Dark Prophecy, about how Apollo took backward steps. Finally in The Burning Maze we see Apollo start thinking about others. He goes through so many emotions and has a general empathy that shocks even him. It was seriously enjoyable to see a god shocked at feeling something like empathy towards a mortal. I feel if Apollo had kept up with the same level of douchebaggery as the first book I would have had to put this book down but I was very pleasantly shocked by what Rick Riordan chose to do with this story.D I S L I K ES✗ I DON’T HAVE ANY LMAO BYEI’m as shocked as you are. I don’t know what happened. I always have something I disliked about a book. I mean, The Burning Maze isn’t a perfect book either but I honestly just can’t pinpoint one thing I hated or that even irked me in this book. I had such a fun time reading it and I really can’t say anything negative. I’m speechless, for once. If you know me, you know this is a shock.Overall, The Burning Maze shocked me in the best way possible. I truly can’t put in words how much I did enjoy this book. I clearly tried and reading over this review made me cringe because I literally can’t express my enjoyment. I probably wouldn’t recommend this series to someone who hasn’t read Rick Riordan’s previous series, but if you want to give it a go I do still recommend it! The pacing was beautiful and the intensity of some of the characters emotions was intense. We finally got a sense of grief as well, that Rick has shied away from in previous books.Also, if you're looking to buy any books over at Book Depository, feel free to use my affiliate link! 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  • samantha (books-are-my-life20)
    January 1, 1970
    This book has everything a Rick Riordan book needs to have with it making me laugh, cry and feel pretty much every feeling in between. It feels both dark yet light at the same time, which is very hard to have. i loved that Meg and Apollo have very difficult self journeys in this book. And we get to see Grover again which was a plus i love his character. But i do have a question for Mr Ridordan Why is the third book in a serie always so sad?! I mean The Titan's Curse, The Mark of Athena, and now This book has everything a Rick Riordan book needs to have with it making me laugh, cry and feel pretty much every feeling in between. It feels both dark yet light at the same time, which is very hard to have. i loved that Meg and Apollo have very difficult self journeys in this book. And we get to see Grover again which was a plus i love his character. But i do have a question for Mr Ridordan Why is the third book in a serie always so sad?! I mean The Titan's Curse, The Mark of Athena, and now The Burning Maze have each in their own way left me shook!! but saying that i still can't wait to read the next book and hate the fact that I have to wait a year for it to come out.. ps (i hope nico is in it, His my fav)
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  • Coreen (AsThePlotThickens)
    January 1, 1970
    MILD SPOILER:WE ALL KNOW THAT YOU DONT KILL ONE OF THE ORIGINAL SEVEN DEMIGODS. YOU JUST DON'T!!!!!!!!
  • Lucy Ghost
    January 1, 1970
    "I would be Apollo.I would remember"i just need to sit and cry for the rest of my life...buddy reading with the #ReadRiordanBookClub and Iliana
  • SilverOwl910
    January 1, 1970
    OMG! OMG! I got The Dark Prophecy today! I saw the title of this book at the back. The I looked at the release date. *dies* HOW THE HADES AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT AN ENTIRE YEAR FOR THIS???????? At least I have Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead to look forward to... even if it is six months away. *dies again*
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  • Regina
    January 1, 1970
    The cover is here and IT’S BEAUTIFUL!!!!Is it May yet?????????
  • Neil (or bleed)
    January 1, 1970
    The Burning Maze is, by far, the best in this series, The Trials of Apollo. I don't know about you but I really did admire Apollo on this book. I mean, he's still the eccentric, conceited god but he continue to make progress as a god/mortal, emotionally and intellectually. He continue to realize the value of human and the human nature. And I just love how it was portrayed and delivered in the novel.The Burning Maze is also the book, among the other Riordan's books that I felt the realness of the The Burning Maze is, by far, the best in this series, The Trials of Apollo. I don't know about you but I really did admire Apollo on this book. I mean, he's still the eccentric, conceited god but he continue to make progress as a god/mortal, emotionally and intellectually. He continue to realize the value of human and the human nature. And I just love how it was portrayed and delivered in the novel.The Burning Maze is also the book, among the other Riordan's books that I felt the realness of the characters and the events. (I mean I felt it too in his other books but this is the pinacle of realness, imo). All of it. I felt the punch of grief, the happiness, the excitement, the dread, everything. I am so entranced by this book. I am so hooked from the beginning until the end.Meg is also likable and adorable in this sequel. We've got to know more about her and her past. I dig back stories and character development that makes sense, thank you very much. Meg is badass, too. The kill kill kill attitude. Lol. Other characters are wonderful, too. Jason, Piper, GROVER, Coach Hedge, etc.Plotwise, I'm getting and digging it more and more. I still love the prophecy accompanied by the quest/ adventure of our dear demigods and god, for that matter. The humor is still gold, even it's subtle and self-deprecating. It still works for me.The Burning Maze is hell of a ride. I'm sure, this incoherent review of mine didn't really give justice on the beauty and greatness of this book but I knew you get the point.
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  • Oda Renate
    January 1, 1970
    Just as the other books in this series the words to describe it; Humor, twist and quality quality quality!Sad its a whole year to the next one but hey, I can always read the imprint books.
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    January 1, 1970
    The hardcover of this book just appeared on my doorstep today, a gift from the publicist for review. Nice!! BUT ... I haven't read the prior two books in this Trials of Apollo series. What do I need to know about Riordan's version of The Story of Apollo (Thus Far), so I'm not completely lost when I jump into this third volume?Update: So my 16 year old son came home from school and dug the first two Apollo books (which I didn't even remember that we had) out from some basement pile of books and h The hardcover of this book just appeared on my doorstep today, a gift from the publicist for review. Nice!! BUT ... I haven't read the prior two books in this Trials of Apollo series. What do I need to know about Riordan's version of The Story of Apollo (Thus Far), so I'm not completely lost when I jump into this third volume?Update: So my 16 year old son came home from school and dug the first two Apollo books (which I didn't even remember that we had) out from some basement pile of books and handed them to me, so yay, problem solved. (I'll probably just skim them though.) In the same breath, he announced to me that he hasn't read them and probably won't because he isn't much into Riordan's books any more, so I think we've maxed out on the help my teenager will be providing me here. :)
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  • Sally ☾
    January 1, 1970
    "Whatever happens, when you get back to Olympus, when you're a god again, remember. Remember what it's like to be human." I will never forgive Uncle Rick for this.I just...cannot believe. I don’t want to believe.everything hurts.*cries forever*
  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    The third instalment in The Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan sees our heroes face the final Roman emperor in the Triumvirate, as well as meeting a large number of dryads in a very hot and desert like California. We’re also joined by Piper and Jason, demigod heroes last seen in The Heroes of Olympus series - and let’s just say they’re on rather fractious terms...This picks up the action straight away, as we see Apollo, Meg and Grover running for their lives in the Labyrinth while pursed by The third instalment in The Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan sees our heroes face the final Roman emperor in the Triumvirate, as well as meeting a large number of dryads in a very hot and desert like California. We’re also joined by Piper and Jason, demigod heroes last seen in The Heroes of Olympus series - and let’s just say they’re on rather fractious terms...This picks up the action straight away, as we see Apollo, Meg and Grover running for their lives in the Labyrinth while pursed by blood thirsty owls. As usual, there’s a big dollop of humour, mythology and action here - but I also found this a bit darker than the previous instalments. In suddenly feels as though the gang are really at risk of loosing everything, without any help from former allies or Godly powers to save them this time. There’s an overall feeling of anticipation and dread that runs throughout, which I actually found more exciting. As usual, there’s an eclectic mix of supporting characters. I was particularly drawn to the various desert dryads, such as Prickly Pear and Aloe Vera who seemed to perfectly incorporate their plants nature into their personality. I also liked seeing the development in Apollo, embracing his human nature more (whether he wants to or not) and accepting responsibility for his actions. However, I do miss a little of the old Apollo arrogance and swagger. I hope that hadn’t been lost forever. The antagonist here is also a lot more intimidating compared to Commodus and Nero. When we finally meet him, he seems to exude an aura of menace and madness that’s unhinged and unpredictable. I’m looking forward to seeing what he brings in the next instalment. (view spoiler)[My only let down was Jason’s death. It felt rather flippant and gratuitous rather than furthering the plot in anyway. I was actually more upset by Money Maker’s death, which managed to be both horrific and touching. I’m hoping that by returning his body to Camp Jupiter, his death will be more fulfilling in the next book, as he’s given a proper Roman burial and his friends will have a chance to grieve. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Nadia
    January 1, 1970
    ”Remember what it’s like to be human.” 4.5 stars TW: violence, death The Writing It’s the classic Apollo-style writing that we had in the previous two Apollo books that I absolutely loved mixed with just classic Riordan writing that we get in all of his books and I also love. It’s funny, it’s got character, it’s easy to fly through. I appreciate it. There’s really not much else to be said about it. The Plot/Pacing It’s so fastpaced! Something is constantly happening and you can’t lose focus for ”Remember what it’s like to be human.” 4.5 stars TW: violence, death The Writing It’s the classic Apollo-style writing that we had in the previous two Apollo books that I absolutely loved mixed with just classic Riordan writing that we get in all of his books and I also love. It’s funny, it’s got character, it’s easy to fly through. I appreciate it. There’s really not much else to be said about it. The Plot/Pacing It’s so fastpaced! Something is constantly happening and you can’t lose focus for even a second because if you do then you have to go back and reread paragraphs (which I did do, yes). There are so many new mythical creatures introduced in this book and the new emperor and ieterh it was just all really exciting in fastpaced and the Rick Riordan did that One Thing(TM) and broke all of our hearts. I will never forgive him for it. But, yes, plot was A+ The Characters Apollo has developed and progressed so much a character starting from The Hidden Oracle that now he’s almost unrecognizable. Meg has, too. THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT WAS SO BEAUTIFULLY DONE AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!However, my favorite character still remains to be the Arrow of Dodona because, come on, Rick’s weapons are always his best characters.I also really enjoyed seeing all of the old characters that we got to see in this book and I loved seeing the new characters building relationships with the old characters and roerhioy hi I just really love Rick’s characters, I think we get the point, let’s move on now. Overall I LOVED THIS BOOK!! There is literally not a single thing I’d change about it except for maybe One Thing(tm), though I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that Rick would do something like One Thing(tm) and I think it’s good that he’s making those decisions. It raises the stakes, which is nice to see.~~~Why do you do this to me, Rick? Why???
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  • Eloise
    January 1, 1970
    Uncle Rick... what did you do to my heart...?I'll admit the first two Trials of Apollo were just okay. This one, was brilliant.So many emotions. Too many emotions.I have grown to care about Piper and Jason as side characters in this one book, 10 times more than I did in the five Heroes of Olympus books.I also FINALLY care Meg and Apollo and the relationship they have. I even love them.Don't get me started on how wonderful it was to go on an adventure with Grover again.It feels like the brilliant Uncle Rick... what did you do to my heart...?I'll admit the first two Trials of Apollo were just okay. This one, was brilliant.So many emotions. Too many emotions.I have grown to care about Piper and Jason as side characters in this one book, 10 times more than I did in the five Heroes of Olympus books.I also FINALLY care Meg and Apollo and the relationship they have. I even love them.Don't get me started on how wonderful it was to go on an adventure with Grover again.It feels like the brilliant Rick Riordan has once again stepped up, which I didn't know was possible.We got more darkness, more stakes, more heart. I was shocked at how brave some of Uncle Rick's decisions were but they work. They work so well...I can't wait to see what else is coming.P.S. I am destroyed. Writing this review before I turn back into a puddle.
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  • Charlotte
    January 1, 1970
    well fuck uncle rick can still make me cry
  • Captain Nemo (The Demigod Slytherin Who Drives A Jeep)
    January 1, 1970
    Darn you uncle rick. WHY CANT YOU WRITE FASTER!!Update: THE COVER! It’s so amazing!Another update: Here’s a sneak peek!!! http://ew.com/books/2018/01/17/rick-r...Okay, now for the actual review! This book was awesome! The third book is always a turning point in Rick Riordan's five part series. This book was no different. It was happy at some points and sad in others. I am so glad Grover has made come back. Plus we see an appearance from Piper and Jason. Many people are not fans of them, but pers Darn you uncle rick. WHY CANT YOU WRITE FASTER!!Update: THE COVER! It’s so amazing!Another update: Here’s a sneak peek!!! http://ew.com/books/2018/01/17/rick-r...Okay, now for the actual review! This book was awesome! The third book is always a turning point in Rick Riordan's five part series. This book was no different. It was happy at some points and sad in others. I am so glad Grover has made come back. Plus we see an appearance from Piper and Jason. Many people are not fans of them, but personally I loved those characters and I still do. Rick Riordan did take some risks with those characters and I feel like those things were necessary, although they did hurt my heart. There was so much character development in this novel. Apollo became more caring and compassionate. Meg opened up a bit. Grover showed soooooo much bravery and Piper realized something important in her relationship with Jason.
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  • Menglong Youk
    January 1, 1970
    Let one year of agonizing wait begin. :')
  • Devann
    January 1, 1970
    So I really loved this. Apollo is definitely my favorite god [in the general Riordanverse], Meg is great, and it's nice to see some cameos from familiar characters throughout [although I still cannot believe that (view spoiler)[Rick just killed off Jason like that??? It feels wrong for him to die outside of his own series lol Like if Batman just died in some random Aquaman issue and never came back, because I'm pretty sure he won't be bringing him back to life but I guess we'll see (hide spoiler So I really loved this. Apollo is definitely my favorite god [in the general Riordanverse], Meg is great, and it's nice to see some cameos from familiar characters throughout [although I still cannot believe that (view spoiler)[Rick just killed off Jason like that??? It feels wrong for him to die outside of his own series lol Like if Batman just died in some random Aquaman issue and never came back, because I'm pretty sure he won't be bringing him back to life but I guess we'll see (hide spoiler)]]. But this is the middle book of five and it definitely felt the plot was dragging a bit in places or that we were just moving from point A to point B to get ready for the next book. Middle Book Syndrome comes for us all but it was still a really fun time overall. I would read a million of these books so I'm happy he keeps writing them lol
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  • Rivka
    January 1, 1970
    Something happened and I definitely didn’t expect it
  • Nikki Poulos
    January 1, 1970
    Was Jason my favorite character? No. No he wasn't. DID I STILL SOB WHEN HE FREAKING DIED??? YOU BET YOUR ASS I DIDRick has never shied away from killing off characters (IM STILL NOT OVER BECKENDORF AND SELENA) but this time he went after ONE OF THE SEVEN! I've been reading Riordan's books for almost a decade now and was truly shocked when this happened. My baby boy Percy better be safe and get to go to college and have cute dates with his gf and get a cute apartment in New Rome and be a cool tea Was Jason my favorite character? No. No he wasn't. DID I STILL SOB WHEN HE FREAKING DIED??? YOU BET YOUR ASS I DIDRick has never shied away from killing off characters (IM STILL NOT OVER BECKENDORF AND SELENA) but this time he went after ONE OF THE SEVEN! I've been reading Riordan's books for almost a decade now and was truly shocked when this happened. My baby boy Percy better be safe and get to go to college and have cute dates with his gf and get a cute apartment in New Rome and be a cool teacher/councilor omg "Hey Mr. Jackson? What was it like to go on a billion quests??" PERCY WOULD BE LIKE "DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT TIMMY"
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    This is my favorite thing Riordan has written in years. I think partially I liked it so much because I had such trouble with the first two books in this series, enough that I was almost 100% sure I would stop reading his books after this series was through. I think I'm going to reevaluate that decision based on how much I enjoyed reading The Burning Maze. We'll see. But aside from liking it simply because it was better than the first two is not the only thing factoring in my enjoyment, I'm fairl This is my favorite thing Riordan has written in years. I think partially I liked it so much because I had such trouble with the first two books in this series, enough that I was almost 100% sure I would stop reading his books after this series was through. I think I'm going to reevaluate that decision based on how much I enjoyed reading The Burning Maze. We'll see. But aside from liking it simply because it was better than the first two is not the only thing factoring in my enjoyment, I'm fairly certain. The main issues I had with the first two books in this series were: 1) They felt insubstantial. Apollo did not feel like a god shoved into mortal form to me, and he wasn't as funny as he thought he was. There was a sense of gravitas I was missing. The battles they fought felt inconsequential and shoehorned in, just to have a quest. The other characters that dropped in from Riordan's other series felt lazy, like he was coasting off his previous work with them rather than using them properly in this one. But mostly, it felt like a wasted premise. Your main character has been alive for thousands of years and you spend your time with him making stupid jokes? Give me something real.2) They felt tired and formulaic. The problem with formulaic writing (well, *a* problem) is that it doesn't just make the reader tired and bored, it makes the writer tired and bored as well. Reading the first two books in this series, it felt to me like Riordan was tiring of his own shtick, like he'd milked that cow for all it was worth, but is committed for other various reasons ($$$) to keep wringing that empty udder for every last drop. Almost none of those complaints were an issue for me in this book. For me, the quest to quench the burning maze felt poignant and significant. The final reveal of Caligula as the third emperor, and what that meant for our heroes up against him, felt significant. There was a palpable sense of loss and melancholy running throughout the book, as Apollo grappled with his waning godhood, and the losses of all the people he's been getting to know since he's been human. Sometimes things go away and you can't get them back. That's real, and Riordan laces that feeling throughout every part of this book. Where the other two books felt like they wanted to be funny and the plot was just in the way of that, here it felt like the focus was the story, and the humor was just an added bonus. So yes, let's talk about the elephant in the room. (view spoiler)[Riordan killed Jason, a previous main character in The Heroes of Olympus books. And before that, he actually had Piper break up with him. I do not for one instant think the book and Riordan didn't earn this death. In fact, it or one like it has been a long time coming. Not because books are only important and good if people die in them. No, fuck that. Because you can't keep writing stories about saving the world and braving the risks of quests, and keep having all of your heroes, all of the time, going up against these insane villains, and have them all survive, all of the time. People die all the time in real life. Heroes who risk their lives regularly against unnatural foes even more so. I'm not sure the death would have worked as well as it did, though, if the rest of the book (as mentioned above) hadn't been meditating the whole time on the fragile, ephemeral nature of life. (hide spoiler)]This book surprised the hell out of me. It's not the best book I've ever read, but there's something very refreshing about watching an author or artist whose creative fires had dimmed a little getting their groove back. I was always going to finish out this series no matter what, but I'll be finishing it gladly now instead of kicking and screaming.
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  • Deeksha Hegde
    January 1, 1970
    I actually can't wait for the next book to be released! This was a very much heartbreaking book, with enough information about how egoistic, useless Apollo can be, only to later be enlightened that he has a heart too. However, Jason's death (**SPOILER**) was really unjustified. Why he had to die?? I am feeling bad after this book, I think I should search some cheerful books for myself!
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  • Gabry
    January 1, 1970
    Uno dei libri più belli scritti da Zio Rick.
  • Jayni
    January 1, 1970
    wow I’m dead that was definitely the darkest book yetidk how I’m gonna survive until the next one I need it now4.5/5 🌟
  • সালমান হক
    January 1, 1970
    এটা আমার পড়া রিক রিওরডানের উনিশতম বই। উ-নি-শ-ত-ম!!! আর এই উনিশে এসেও এরকম ধাককা খাবো বুঝতে পারিনি। টরায়ালস অফ অযাপেলো সিরিজিটা শুরু থেকেই ভালো লাগছিল, কিনতু তৃতীয় বইয়ে এসে যেন পূরণতা পেলো সবকিছু। হিউমর আর সিরিয়াসনেসের একদম সঠিক সংমিশরণ বলবো। এমন কয়েকটা জায়গা ছিল যেখানে..... থাক বলবো না, পড়ে নেবেন। পারসি জযাকসন সিরিজ এবং হিরোজ অফ অলিমপাস পুরোটা পড়া থাকলে ভীষণ রকম এনজয় করবেন বইটা। ১২ বছরের একটা মেয়ে- মেগ আর অযাপোলোর বনধুতবটা যেভাবে ফুটিয়ে তুলেছেন রিক, সতযিই অনবদয। হিরোজ অফ অলিমপাস সিরিজে আমার সবচে এটা আমার পড়া রিক রিওর্ডানের উনিশতম বই। উ-নি-শ-ত-ম!!! আর এই উনিশে এসেও এরকম ধাক্কা খাবো বুঝতে পারিনি। ট্রায়ালস অফ অ্যাপেলো সিরিজিটা শুরু থেকেই ভালো লাগছিল, কিন্তু তৃতীয় বইয়ে এসে যেন পূর্ণতা পেলো সবকিছু। হিউমর আর সিরিয়াসনেসের একদম সঠিক সংমিশ্রণ বলবো। এমন কয়েকটা জায়গা ছিল যেখানে..... থাক বলবো না, পড়ে নেবেন। পার্সি জ্যাকসন সিরিজ এবং হিরোজ অফ অলিম্পাস পুরোটা পড়া থাকলে ভীষণ রকম এনজয় করবেন বইটা। ১২ বছরের একটা মেয়ে- মেগ আর অ্যাপোলোর বন্ধুত্বটা যেভাবে ফুটিয়ে তুলেছেন রিক, সত্যিই অনবদ্য। হিরোজ অফ অলিম্পাস সিরিজে আমার সবচেয়ে অপছন্দের দুইটা চরিত্র ছিল পাইপার আর জ্যাসন, কিন্তু এই বইটা শেষ করার পর তাদের প্রতি দৃষ্টিভঙ্গিই বদলে গেছে। শুরু থেকে শেষ পর্যন্ত একটা ইমোশনাল রোলারকোস্টার। :)
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  • Kayla
    January 1, 1970
    So I thought this series was trioligy but no we have 2? More books left. I really enjoyed this installment it was a lot darker than all the Rick Riordon books I've read so far.The massive death didn't effect me much but it was upsetting to see what effect it had on the others. This is a Mytholgy based series so I wouldn't be suprised if we saw some resurrection in the next book.
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  • Iliana Matute
    January 1, 1970
    THIS IS TOO FREAKING PAINFUL I'LL BE BACK WHEN MY HEART IS READY TO DO A PROPER REVIEW OF THIS BOOK NOW I JUST WANT TO LAY DOWN AND CRY.
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