Search Results: "Rick Riordan"


BOOK REVIEW

THE HAMMER OF THOR by Rick Riordan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"An entertaining sequel that will whet fans' appetites for the next installment. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
It's the end of the world as they know it, and Magnus Chase and his godly cohorts are back for another round of sword fighting and wisecracking. Read full book review >

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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 >

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SOUTH TOWN by Rick Riordan
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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 >

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THE HIDDEN ORACLE by Rick Riordan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 3, 2016

"A clash of mythic intrigues and centuries of pop culture to thrill die-hard and new fans alike. (glossary) (Fantasy. 12-17)"
With more Mel Brooks-ian flare than a fourth wall could hope to contain, Riordan presents another expansion to his modern pantheon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MARK OF ATHENA by Rick Riordan
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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THE SERPENT'S SHADOW by Rick Riordan
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

MISSION ROAD by Rick Riordan
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

COLD SPRINGS by Rick Riordan
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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THE SWORD OF SUMMER by Rick Riordan
CHILDREN'S
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 >