July 29, 2021

The Tower of Nero (The Trials of Apollo Book 5) by Rick Riordan

The Tower of Nero (The Trials of Apollo Book 5) by Rick Riordan
Rating: 5 Stars
Release Date: October 6, 2020
Format: Audiobook/Hardcover
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

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Apollo has come such a long way since the first time we met him. In this final installment of the last series of the Percy Jackson universe, Apollo's days as Lester are coming to an end. Either he succeeds in his quest and becomes a god again, reclaiming the last source of prophecy from his archenemy Python in the process, or he dies in the attempt. What could go wrong?

I don't want to give any spoilers away, but the cameos from so many characters who haven't made an appearance in a while brought up a lot of feelings of nostalgia. It was a gift to be able to see what some of our favorite characters were doing instead of being left to wonder. I noticed some spots here and there where Rick left some opportunities open for future stand-alone novels in this universe. I'd love to see a novel about the Hunters of Artemis or everyone's favorite son of Hades, Nico. 

Robbie Daymond is an amazing narrator. The amount of different voices he does within the span of a single book is phenomenal. If I didn't know better, I would think that the voices for Python and Apollo were different people. The amount of effort and dedication he put into this project is obvious. For example, some of the characters have names that involve screech sounds and he did the screech sounds every time their name came up. 

Thank you Rick Riordan for such a great close to the story! I'm a little emotional after finishing a storyline that I've been following since childhood into my adulthood, but it is all happy feels. 

About the Author

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over twenty novels for young readers, including the Percy Jackson series, the Kane Chronicles, the Magnus Chase series and the Trials of Apollo. 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 one hundred million copies of his books are in print in the United States alone, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries.

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

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