November 6, 2023

REVIEW The Chalice of the Gods (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Universe) by Rick Riordan

The Chalice of the Gods by Rick Riordan
Rating: 5 Stars
Release Date: September 26, 2023
Format: Audiobook ( and Hardcover (Personal Library)
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

“I am a guy of limited talents. If I can’t kill it with water, a sword or sarcasm, I am basically defenseless”.

Rick Riordan’s most recent release, The Chalice of the Gods, is the first book to feature the complete original trio since The Lightning Thief came out in 2005, and it was an equal mix of reminiscing and being excited for the future of the series. After saving the world multiple times and defeating countless monsters, Percy Jackson is facing a more mundane obstacle in applying for college. However, it’s not going to be as easy as it seems, as the gods are requiring him to get three divine recommendation letters and complete three new quests to do so. 

I thought that I knew about most of the creatures and beings from Greek mythology, but Rick Riordan keeps bringing out different elements to surprise readers. It was fun to get to learn more about the different gods who appear in the book. It was also fun to get to see some of the mythical creatures he teases in the book (specifically, the chickens and the snakes). There’s even some surprise interactions with Athena and Poseidon, Annabeth and Percy’s parents that left me quite amused and excited for future installments (and to see Percy finally get into college). 

I didn’t realize it until it came up in the book tour events, but this is the first time in a long time that Percy, Annabeth and Grover have gone on a quest together with just the three of them. In The Sea of Monsters, Grover was lost on the search for Pan and not on the quest. In The Titan’s Curse, Annabeth was taken. And in the books since The Battle of the Labyrinth, they’ve always been doing quests with other people or fighting in major battles. As a die-hard fan of the Percy Jackson universe, it was heartwarming and nostalgic to go back to the beginning, especially since we’ll be seeing a slightly different version of the trio back in action once the Disney+ adaptation comes out in December 2023. 

Overall, another excellent book from Rick Riordan. I’m excited to see what's in store for our favorite trio in the next book, The Wrath of the Triple Goddess (set to release in Fall of 2024). Hecate has had some limited appearances in the series so far, so it’s going to be interesting to see what type of quest she (or possibly another god) has in store for Percy.  

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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