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 SWORD OF SUMMER by Rick Riordan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A fast-paced, eventful, and largely successful pivot. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
First there were the Greek gods, then the Egyptian gods, then the Roman gods—now Riordan takes on the Norse gods. Read full book review >
PERCY JACKSON'S GREEK HEROES by Rick Riordan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Tales that 'lay out your options for painful and interesting ways to die.' And to live. (maps, index) (Mythology. 10-14)"
In a similarly hefty companion to Percy Jackson's Greek Gods (2014), the most voluble of Poseidon's many sons dishes on a dozen more ancient relatives and fellow demigods.Read full book review >
THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS by Rick Riordan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"The satisfyingly cataclysmic showdowns yield to peaceful resolution at last; here's hoping it holds this time. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
With just 12 days to go until Gaea awakens fully on Aug. 1 and brings an end to the world as we know it, two groups of demigods struggle to stop her. Read full book review >
PERCY JACKSON'S GREEK GODS by Rick Riordan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"The inevitable go-to for Percy's legions of fans who want the stories behind his stories. (Mythology. 10-14)"
Percy Jackson takes a break from adventuring to serve up the Greek gods like flapjacks at a church breakfast. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE OF HADES by Rick Riordan
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"In this adventure, victories are hard-won and the essence of bravery nuanced, making the journey as satisfying as it is entertaining. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
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. 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

"Should pacing and wit continue unabated into the third volume, whose foretold European setting promises further freshness, fans will eagerly await numbers four and five. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
After spinning his wheels in series opener The Lost Hero (2010), Riordan regains his traction with book two of The Heroes of Olympus. 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

"Die-hard fans will probably be happy with this for a time, but unless Riordan tightens things up considerably by number five, they may find themselves hoping that it does not end with a third Great Prophecy."
"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

"Readers pining for Percy Jackson will find new heroes in Carter and Sadie Kane, and that's not all bad, even if the plot will seem familiar. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
The gods sure are busy in New York City. Read full book review >
THE LAST OLYMPIAN by Rick Riordan
ADVENTURE
Released: May 5, 2009

"The bestselling series's legions of fans will cheer their heroes on and rejoice in such a compelling conclusion to the saga. (Fiction. 9 & up)"
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

"Librarians should be careful to purchase card-free library editions to avoid circulation headaches. (Novelty/fiction. 9-14)"
"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

"Look no further for the next Harry Potter; meet Percy Jackson, as legions of fans already have. (Fantasy. 9 & up)"
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

"This can stand alone, though newcomers to the series will race back to the first two volumes and eagerly await a fourth installment. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
The stirring of monsters has begun. Read full book review >
THE SEA OF MONSTERS by Rick Riordan
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2006

"Though it's doubtful Percy wouldn't guess Tyson's otherworldly connection immediately after the dodgeball game, and though some of the humor will zip over the heads of the target audience, Percy's sardonic narration and derring-do will keep the pages turning. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
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

"The sardonic tone of the narrator's voice lends a refreshing air of realism to this riotously paced quest tale of heroism that questions the realities of our world, family, friendship and loyalty. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
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

"Riordan, who left his mark with his hardcover debut (The Last King of Texas, 2000), has to get sharper to reach the front rank."
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

"As Tres battles drug dealers, gangs, and the police to rescue the weak, discover the truth, and give the innocent a second chance, Riordan's writing sparkles with evocative descriptions and enough tough talk to make a college dean back down."
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 >