The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo #3), by Rick Riordan

Synopsis

The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad.

With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor—and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles—somewhere in the American Southwest. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know. They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon. . .

Genre

Fantaisy – Mythology – Young Adult


Thoughts

After an epic Riordan marathon, I found myself waiting for his next release for months. Needless to say, I was excited when The Burning Maze finally came out. So I immediately got myself the audiobook and started listening. As you know, I love this format and it’s especially great with Riordan’s books.

Now, its been over a month and a half since I read The Burning Maze. Life got in the way, and I didn’t find the time to write this review sooner. So I apologize if this turns out to be too short and lacking some details… I might have forgotten some details. However, I do remember loving this book altogether, and I highly recommend you give it a go.

“After four thousand years, I am still discovering new things.”
“Like how dumb you are,” Meg volunteered.
“No.”
“So you already knew that?”

As usual, Riordan gave us a well-written and very gripping plot, with increasingly high stakes. He always manages to find that fragile balance between humour and intense moments. In this book, we, once again, follow our favourite fallen god during his quest to save the oracles. On his journey, he crosses path with some beloved character. I was very excited to see them again (not gonna say who, you gotta read the book).

Also, in this third book, we can clearly see the character growth on Apollo’s side. It was already something I enjoyed in book two, but there it got even more obvious that he is turning into a better man. He is no longer a selfish an overpowerful god… He has turned into a brave young man willing to sacrifice everything, himself including, to save those he loves.

Finally, as Riordan fans know, the third books in his series are always epic and tough on the fans. This one is no different. Although it started out kind of slow, the third act was intense and left me in speechless. Between the riddles and the rising tension, I couldn’t put the book down. Or rather, I couldn’t pause the audiobook ;).

Of course, I won’t go into spoilers, but just remember that I’m here, should you need moral support after reading the book. Just hit me up in the comments!

–» My review for The Hidden Oracle

–» My review for The Dark Prophecy

My rating

4.75/5

Happy reading,

Gaëlle

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