Review – The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

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Synopsis
The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad.

With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor—and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles—somewhere in the American Southwest. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know. They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon. . . .

 

My Review
5 out of 5 stars
5stars

The endings of Rick Riordan’s books usually leave me with tingles of dread and anticipation at what the characters are going to be facing on the next part of their journey. I still felt that with the end of this book, but I was also left feeling really sad. I felt so many emotions while reading this book. Excitement over seeing some old favorite characters, dread and suspense over the endless threats the characters faced, amusement over some of the dialogue and situations the characters find themselves in, and lots of other things.

The character death didn’t really affect me as much as it should have, but that is because my son spoiled it for me, so I knew it was coming. It didn’t have the impact that it should have had. I’m a little annoyed that I wasn’t able to *feel* the full effect of sadness, despair, and grief that should have come with that character’s death, especially since it was a character that I liked so much. But everyone’s reactions to the death? I felt that down to my core. My heart shattered as the others were left grieving.

Something that really stood out to me in this book is Apollo’s character growth. He is becoming more human, thinking of others, and is showing empathy towards them. I am so proud of the growth he has shown over the last couple books.

I’m going to grab the next book in the series on release day, because I can’t wait to see what happens next. I’m looking forward to seeing some more of my favorite characters from Heroes of Olympus and Camp Jupiter. Hopefully my heart will still be intact at the end of the next book.

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