Book Review: The Tyrant’s Tomb (The Trials of Apollo #4) by Rick Riordan

Posted January 16, 2020 by @Angelized_1st in Books, Entertainment / 0 Comments

Book Review: The Tyrant’s Tomb (The Trials of Apollo #4) by Rick RiordanThe Tyrant's Tomb by Rick Riordan
Series: The Trials of Apollo #4
on September 24, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 978-1484746448
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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.

Rick Riordan returns with the fourth novel in his Trials of Apollo series, “The Tyrant’s Tomb.” In this novel, Apollo and Meg arrive at Camp Jupiter just in time to prepare the Roman demigods to fight off the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors. Filled with sadness over the loss of a friend, Apollo and Meg are determined not to add to the casualties they’ve already suffered. Like most of Riordan’s books, this one was also packed full of action, snarky comments, and cameos from many of our demigod friends from past series.

I can’t believe I’m still reading this series, because when I first started it I couldn’t stand Apollo. He was selfish, vain, and just downright annoying. Luckily, he has grow as a character over the course of the series, and is becoming a true hero. The longer he’s trapped in the body of Lester Papadopoulos, the more human he becomes, and begins to regret his past actions. Now, he’s turning into someone I can root for. Unlike Apollo, I’ve always liked Meg, and she was just as awesome in this novel as in the past three. It’s obvious her point of view of Apollo is meant to be a reflection of how the reader feels, and it’s spot on.

The plot picked up not long after the events of the previous novel, which made it difficult at first for me to get into this book. It has been so long since I read book three, that I completely forgot what happened. However, it didn’t take too long for me to get ensnared, and once I did I was hooked. The story was very addictive, and Riordan set a fast pace. This kept the action flowing, and gave the book hardly in slow periods, even during character development, which was nice.

I’ve been a longtime fan of Rick Riordan’s, so of course I picked up this novel immediately, and I wasn’t disappointed. This book is definitely recommended to YA fantasy readers, but I have to warn you. This is not a book you pick up in the middle of the series. Instead, it’s best if you start with the first book. If I’m being completely honest, I would even recommend reading both the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and the Heroes of Olympus series before starting this one, because there are just too many crossover characters and events to begin this series blind.

About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, the Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over forty million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller.

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.


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