Series: The Trials of Apollo #4
on September 24, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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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.