The Trials of Apollo Book Three The Burning Maze Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-24 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

"Apollo 3.25⭐️
Some of the original gang is back to help Apollo! Love seeing my old favorites come back and take on new adventures.

Adorable, as always.
But I think im outgrowing this series. Although it was cute i was slightly bored and uninterested, younger audience will probably be intrigued and excited though.
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" Why do you do this to me, Rick? Why??? RTC " said.

"I love seeing old characters and I'm really happy we get to see (view spoiler)" said.


" So I thought this series was trioligy but no we have 2? More books left. I really enjoyed this installment it was a lot darker than all the Rick Riordon books I've read so far.The massive death didn't effect me much but it was upsetting to see what effect it had on the others. This is a Mytholgy based series so I wouldn't be suprised if we saw some resurrection in the next book. " said.

" wow I’m dead that was definitely the darkest book yetidk how I’m gonna survive until the next one I need it now4.5/5 " said.

"This is my favorite thing Riordan has written in years. I think partially I liked it so much because I had such trouble with the first two books in this series, enough that I was almost 100% sure I would stop reading his books after this series was through. I think I'm going to reevaluate that decision based on how much I enjoyed reading The Burning Maze. We'll see. But aside from liking it simply because it was better than the first two is not the only thing factoring in my enjoyment, I'm fairly certain.

The main issues I had with the first two books in this series were:

1) They felt insubstantial. Apollo did not feel like a god shoved into mortal form to me, and he wasn't as funny as he thought he was. There was a sense of gravitas I was missing. The battles they fought felt inconsequential and shoehorned in, just to have a quest. The other characters that dropped in from Riordan's other series felt lazy, like he was coasting off his previous work with them rather than using them properly in this one. But mostly, it felt like a wasted premise. Your main character has been alive for thousands of years and you spend your time with him making stupid jokes? Give me something real.

2) They felt tired and formulaic. The problem with formulaic writing (well, *a* problem) is that it doesn't just make the reader tired and bored, it makes the writer tired and bored as well. Reading the first two books in this series, it felt to me like Riordan was tiring of his own shtick, like he'd milked that cow for all it was worth, but is committed for other various reasons ($$$) to keep wringing that empty udder for every last drop.

Almost none of those complaints were an issue for me in this book. For me, the quest to quench the burning maze felt poignant and significant. The final reveal of Caligula as the third emperor, and what that meant for our heroes up against him, felt significant. There was a palpable sense of loss and melancholy running throughout the book, as Apollo grappled with his waning godhood, and the losses of all the people he's been getting to know since he's been human. Sometimes things go away and you can't get them back. That's real, and Riordan laces that feeling throughout every part of this book. Where the other two books felt like they wanted to be funny and the plot was just in the way of that, here it felt like the focus was the story, and the humor was just an added bonus.

So yes, let's talk about the elephant in the room. (view spoiler)" said.

" Uno dei libri più belli scritti da Zio Rick. " said.

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