“It wasn’t until my son was in second grade having trouble in school and I started telling him Greek myths for bedtime stories that I started thinking – hey, you know what? I teach kids, I write books; why don’t I put the two things together? And it finally made sense to me,” said Rick Riordan during a discussion at the Library of Congress in 2017.
With an experience of teaching history and English for 15 years, Mr. Riordan today seems to be the best person to teach Greek mythology to the new generation in a fun way. Based on extensive research, his fantasy stories are not only capturing the classical world in all its glory but making it relatable to young readers as well. It’s the amazing blend and clash of classical and modern worlds that make his creation riveting. He weaves myths into contemporary world unfolding a universe where deities and demigods, satyrs and centaurs, magic and monsters come alive. With prestigious awards to his credit and eighty-six million copies of his books in print in the US alone, the author is widely regarded as one of the best writers at present in the fantasy fiction genre.
The New York Times bestselling author was a middle school teacher before he became a full-time writer. ‘Big Red Tequila’ his debut novel was an adult fiction published in 1997. It wasn’t until the stunning success of the ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ and ‘Heroes of Olympus’ series that Rick Riordan became a viral sensation. A longtime writer, Mr. Riordan picked up children’s fiction after his son, Haley, was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Haley’s keen interest in ancient Greek heroes propelled him to create stories inspired by mythologies.
And now it’s time for yet another one. ‘The Burning Maze’, the third book in ‘The Trials of Apollo’ series, is all set to hit the floor. The king of Olympus, Zeus has punished his son by casting him down to earth with a mortal life. The Greek god Apollo, in this series, is a regular teenager who is struggling to survive in the modern world and regain the rightful place on Mount Olympus without any godly powers. His new name is Lester. But to regain his power and immortality, he must liberate five Oracles that have gone dark. Lester has survived his first two trials. Thanks to his demigod friends! This time he is questing for the third emperor and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles.
Excited? Well, The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo Book 3) is releasing on May 1st, 2018. So, those who can’t wait to get their hands on this new book, pre-order right now.