Sunday, October 27, 2019

My Thoughts: The Tyrant's Tomb by Rick Riordan
The Tyrant's Tomb
(Trials of Apollo #4)
by Rick Riordan
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Publication Date: September 24th 2019
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 440
ISBN: 9781484746448
Genre: YA | MG | Mythology | Fantasy
Source: Own

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In his penultimate adventure, a devastated but determined Apollo travels to Camp Jupiter, where he must learn what it is to be a hero, or die trying.

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. (Goodreads)

The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan was high on my list of books to read this fall, and I’m beyond thrilled that I did so. I don’t get to read middle grade books as often as I’d like, but there are some authors that I will drop everything to read a book from, and Rick Riordan is one of those authors. I have read almost every one of his books, and they only get better and better as they go along, and I always enjoy taking the time to read his books. I devoured The Tyrant’s Tomb, and it totally left me wanting more!

In this new book we follow Apollo/Lester and the lovely Meg as they complete the fourth trial to restore the five oracles, as well as Apollos powers. For this adventure they travel to Camp Jupiter, and we get to see all the friends we loved from the Heroes of Olympus series. It was so fun to catch up with these characters, even though it was not under the best circumstances, but I love that Rick gave us a little glance into their world. I loved seeing Hazel, Frank, and so many more!

One of the things that I really love the most about this series is the character growth for Apollo/Lester. It is absolutely fascinating to watch this literal god become more and more human, with feelings and humility. I am super curious to see how this story is going to wrap up in the next book, even though I SO do not want this series to end, at all. (Sigh.)

As I have mentioned in some of my previous reviews, all of the audiobooks in this series are narrated by Robbie Daymond, and I have to say, once again, how great he is at narrating these books! I love all of the voices that he creates, and he definitely manages to keep me entertained as I listen to the story. If you have the opportunity to check these books out in audio format, then I highly recommend you do so.

Overall; The Tyrant’s Tomb was yet another great addition to the Trials of Apollo series! I am so looking forward to the next book, The Tower of Nero, (coming Fall 2020!), to see what’s next for Apollo and Meg, even though I totally don’t want the books to end. If you’re a fan of ANY of Rick Riordan’s books, you definitely want to check out this series.

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