Tuesday, October 13, 2020

My Thoughts: The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan (Audiobook)

The Tower of Nero
(The Trials of Apollo #5) by Rick Riordan
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Publication Date: October 6th 2020
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781484746455
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mythology

Audio Publisher: Recorded Books
Audio Length: 12 hrs 20 min
Narrated By: Robbie Daymond
Audio ISBN: 9780593290965
Source: Own

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At last, the breathtaking, action-packed finale of the #1 bestselling Trials of Apollo series is here! Will the Greek god Apollo, cast down to earth in the pathetic moral form of a teenager named Lester Papadopoulos, finally regain his place on Mount Olympus? Lester's demigod friends at Camp Jupiter just helped him survive attacks from bloodthirsty ghouls, an evil Roman king and his army of the undead, and the lethal emperors Caligula and Commodus. Now the former god and his demigod master Meg must follow a prophecy uncovered by Ella the harpy. Lester's final challenge will be at the Tower of Nero, back in New York. Will Meg have a last showdown with her father? Will this helpless form of Apollo have to face his arch nemesis, Python? Who will be on hand at Camp Half-Blood to assist? These questions and more will be answered in this book that all demigods are eagerly awaiting. (Goodreads)

The Tower of Nero is the fifth and final book in the Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan, and it’s also one of my most anticipated reads of 2020! I have been a huge fan of this series since I read the very first book, and I was super curious to know how it was going to end. Even though I didn’t want the story to end at all, because I’m not ready to say goodbye to this fantastic series. But, all good things come to an end. Right? Right.

Leading up to the release of this final book, I decided to do a re-read of all of the previous books in the series, and I’m so glad I did. Not only did it refresh my brain on what happened in the story, but it also made reminded me why I loved the series so much. Not only does the series have a fantastic storyline, but it also has so many great characters. Some characters that we know from previous books, and some we are meeting for the first time in this series, but regardless of when and how we’ve met, I love them all. It’s such a wonderful, diverse group of characters, and I love them all.

When I started reading the first book back in 2018, I did not expect to completely love Lester/Apollo by the end of this series. He starts as such an entitled, selfish God, literally, and by the end of the series, he’s a completely different person. There was so much amazing character growth for Lester/Apollo over the course of the series, and I appreciated watching it so much. Meg was another fantastic character. Though young, she was fierce, and I loved that about her. I hated all the things that she had to go through at the hands of Nero, but she was a tough cookie, and the perfect heroine in this story. I also love getting to check in with all our old favorites again as well, as one last goodbye. (For now, I hope.)

And as I mentioned above, the storyline is fantastic. I always feel like I’ve learned something new whenever I read one of Rick’s books. The mythology is fascinating, and I definitely need more of it. Luckily for me, there are still a few books by Rick that I haven’t checked out yet, so I plan to devour those soon. (Greek Gods and Greek Heroes, I’m coming for you!) I should also add that some things in the book are left wide open at the end, and I’m hoping there will be a lot more stories to come in the future.

I had originally pre-ordered both the hardcover and audio version of the book, and I had a wonderful plan to read along with the book while listening to the audiobook. (If you’ve never done this before, you should definitely try it sometime.) Unfortunately, my hardcover didn’t arrive on time, and I was too impatient to wait, so I opted to go ahead with the audiobook. (A great decision, I might add.) The narrator for The Tower of Nero was once again Robbie Daymond, who has narrated all of the books in the Trials of Apollo series, and he once again did a FANTASTIC job telling us the story. It’s always a pleasure to listen to something narrated by him.

Overall; If you can’t tell by this super gushy review, I really, really enjoyed The Tower of Nero. While I didn’t want the story to end AT ALL, I couldn’t have asked for a better ending. I can’t wait to read the series again, hopefully soon! And I’m very excited to see what Uncle Rick has in store for us once he returns from his much deserved break.

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