Books by Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the author of five previous Tres Navarre novels–Big Red Tequila, winner of the Shamus and Anthony Awards; The Widower’s Two-Step, winner of the Edgar Award; The Last King of Texas; The Devil Went Down to Austin; and Southtown. He is also t


THE HOUSE OF HADES by Rick Riordan
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

Having plunged into Tartarus at the end of the last book, The Mark of Athena (2013), Percy and Annabeth struggle toward the Doors of Death, while their friends hurry to meet them on the other side at the titular House of Hades.

Riordan is most successful in his evocation of Tartarus and its hellish, monster-infested landscape. Read full book review >

THE MARK OF ATHENA by Rick Riordan
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A literal cliffhanger leaves eager readers hanging; next stop: Greece—and Tartarus. (glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
After waging two separate quests (The Lost Hero, 2010; The Son of Neptune, 2011), the Greek and Roman demigods of Riordan's Heroes of Olympus quintet join forces. Read full book review >
THE SERPENT'S SHADOW by Rick Riordan
Released: May 1, 2012

"Other gods and future stories are hinted at in the conclusion; in the meantime, Riordan's The Kane Chronicles Survival Guide is available to maintain the spell. (glossary, list of gods and goddesses) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Riordan's Kane Chronicles trilogy concludes with a smash, as Carter and Sadie Kane once again try to save the world from the forces of Chaos. Read full book review >
THE SON OF NEPTUNE by Rick Riordan
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

After spinning his wheels in series opener The Lost Hero (2010), Riordan regains his traction with book two of The Heroes of Olympus.

Gaea is raising an army of giants to defeat the gods, and Juno has switched heroes Percy Jackson (son of Poseidon) and Jason Grace (son of Jupiter) in order to unite Greek and Roman gods and demigods in battle against her. Read full book review >

THE THRONE OF FIRE by Rick Riordan
ADVENTURE
Released: May 3, 2011

"What a week for the Kanes. If they don't quite vanquish evil for all time, they at least avert disaster long enough for Riordan to write Book Three, coming the spring of 2012. (Fantasy. 8-14)"
In Carter and Sadie Kane's last adventure (The Red Pyramid, 2010), they fought Set, god of evil; now the stakes are even higher. Read full book review >
THE LOST HERO by Rick Riordan
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Not again!" yells one of the three protagonists at one point in Rick Riordan's first installment of his second five-book series that fuses Classical mythology with everyday teen angst. Read full book review >

THE RED PYRAMID by Rick Riordan
ADVENTURE
Released: May 4, 2010

The gods sure are busy in New York City. Read full book review >

THE LAST OLYMPIAN by Rick Riordan
ADVENTURE
Released: May 5, 2009

In the fifth and final installment of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Percy is turning 16, when it has been prophesied he'll make a choice affecting the fate of Western civilization. Read full book review >

THE 39 CLUES, BOOK I by Rick Riordan
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"Synergy" is the name of the game in Scholastic's post-Potter search for market share. Read full book review >

THE BATTLE OF THE LABYRINTH by Rick Riordan
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 6, 2008

The fourth and penultimate volume of Percy Jackson and the Olympians is the best one yet. Read full book review >

THE TITAN’S CURSE by Rick Riordan
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 2007

The stirring of monsters has begun. Read full book review >

THE SEA OF MONSTERS by Rick Riordan
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2006

Percy (Perseus) Jackson, the half-blood son of Poseidon, returns for a second quest across a modern America secretly ruled by the Greek Gods. Read full book review >

MISSION ROAD by Rick Riordan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 5, 2005

"Competent, but its Edgar-, Anthony-, and Shamus-winning predecessor, Southtown (2003), prompted expectations of something more."
Riordan's Texas p.i. with a degree in Medieval Lit is up to his anomalous old tricks, this time trying to crack a cold case while being chased by hot cops. Read full book review >
THE LIGHTNING THIEF by Rick Riordan
Released: July 1, 2005

Edgar Award-winning Riordan leaves the adult world of mystery to begin a fantasy series for younger readers. Read full book review >

SOUTH TOWN by Rick Riordan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 4, 2004

"Just when you think the shamus subgenre might have been milked to death, along comes talented Riordan to demonstrate what brisk pacing, smart plotting, and an immensely likable protagonist can do to revive it. "
After a one-book hiatus, p.i. Tres Navarre (The Devil Went Down to Austin, 2001, etc.) is back with a vengeance in a page-turner about a vengeful sociopath. Read full book review >
COLD SPRINGS by Rick Riordan
THRILLERS
Released: May 6, 2003

"One-note characters move through an overlong, slowly paced thriller. "
Letting go of the past can take a long, long time. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO AUSTIN by Rick Riordan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2001

Tres Navarre, the anomalous p.i. with a Ph.D in medieval lit, learns from the family banker that he has to leap into the breach yet again as his brother's keeper. Read full book review >

THE LAST KING OF TEXAS by Rick Riordan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

When Tres Navarre, a private eye with a Ph.D. in medieval literature from UC Berkeley, is invited to take over the late Prof. Read full book review >