I received a copy of this book to help facilitate my review.
To say my 12 year old is a Rick Riordan fan, is a bit of an understatement. He has read the Percy Jackson series repeatedly and has now turned his interest to the Trials of Apollo Books. He recently had the opportunity to review the newest book: The Trials of Apollo, Book Three: The Burning Maze
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.
My take: You know it’s a truly loved series when he reads the previous books again before reading the new installment. It makes this momma thrilled to see his love of reading. This book “was a great as the others” in the series. Two big thumbs up!