The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordon

It’s not easy being Apollo, especially when you’ve turned into a human and exiled from Olympus. On his way to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his powers, Apollo aka (Lester Papadopoulos) has faced both unimaginable triumphs and tragedies.

The Tyrant’s Tomb is the fourth book of a pentalogy series of fantasy and mythological fiction novels; The Trials of Apollo, written by the author, Rick Riordan. Readers have been waiting eagerly for Riordan’s next installment and the good news is that they won’t be disappointed. In fact, be rest assured that you will be left spellbound by the plot and won’t be able to help but keep asking for more.  With his novel, Riordan unpacks heavy themes of friendships, relationships, love and loss in a crisp 420 pages. Make sure you have time in the schedule because once you pick this book up, it will be hard to put it down until you finish this.

The book is set in the same world as other Riordan tales and references from earlier series. In his penultimate adventure, a heart-broken but determined Apollo traverse to Camp Jupiter, where he must learn what it is to be a hero or die trying. The book continues to deliver an emotional punch, truly evil characters and the heroic abilities of the demigods in our world.

This particularly affects Apollo; whose character growth is more obvious than ever when he is confronted with his past mistakes and does everything he can to make amends. His book three of the series was released over a year and a half ago, but Riordan masterfully covers the time lapse and places the readers back in the dread and doom that Apollo, Meg and the rest of the demigods’ face without skipping a beat.

Although the author picks up the story from where he last left, he creates beautiful nuances and developments in the latest series. Post the funeral in the last book, this book traces a growing darkness that hangs over the characters, making the story more complex. Similarly, in this book Apollo’s character has grown beautifully and his newfound empathy also extends to his relationships with the people around him.

In this fourth book, Riordan has crafted exceptional and action-packed stories about modern-day humans who just happen to be the children of the Greek, Roman, and Norse gods. When it comes to the other characters, Reyna brings a surprising moment of levity that helps her character to grow right at the book’s climax. Other favourites Riordan brings back are Terminus the statue, the Hunters of Artemis and Diana herself. This balance out the book, making it a very enjoyable read.

Fans of Rick Riordan will immerse themselves completely into the pages of this book and new readers will fall in love with his immaculate writing and storytelling skills. Once you start reading this book, you’re sure to be absorbed in a charming world of mythological creatures and characters from centuries ago.

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