THE BURNING MAZE: THE TRIALS OF APOLLO, BOOK 3 by Rick Riordan

 https://amzn.to/2KXkoOkby Rick Riordan

Remember how Zeus is punishing his son, the god Apollo by turning him into a mortal and sending him down to Earth? (If you need a recap, here are our reviews of Book 1 and Book 2.)  It’s really a tough punishment for such a glorious and vain God; he returns as an awkward and gawky teenager, and without his powers, to boot.

I love this series, and Book 3 may be my favorite yet.  The characters we have come to care about–like the demigod Meg, Grover, and many of the demigods we are familiar with from Camp Jupiter and Camp Half-Blood. The humor is delightful, with puns about Artificial Intelligence, jokes about Southern California, and hilarious “insider” stories about the other gods from Apollo.  I also appreciate the weaving in of the horrors of climate change and devastation of forests.  If you are like me, you will grow to appreciate the complexities of the characters as the book progresses.  If you are like Molly and Jacob–not to mention Meghan, you’ll read it every spare moment you have.  Highly recommended!

 

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