Little Booties Matter


The Burning Maze, by Rick Riordan – The latest in the Trials of Apollo series, which revisits characters from the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus books, continues the plotline of the three resurrected Roman Emperors trying to take power. It was revealed in the earlier ones that the first two were Nero and Commodus, and here we find out that the third is Caligula. His horse Incitatus, whom he allegedly tried to appoint as a consul, also shows up, and it turns out he really can talk. And he’s really mean. Caligula has teamed up with Medea to kill Apollo, still stuck in the mortal form of Lester Papadopoulos, and magically transfer his essence to the former emperor. Helios, the former sun god and Medea’s grandfather, is also involved, and his heat is making the Labyrinth even more dangerous. Reappearing characters include Jason Grace and Piper McLean, now broken up, and Piper’s movie star father having lost all his money through the emperors’ conspiracy. Also, both of the the major satyr characters, Grover Underwood and Coach Gleeson Hedge, play significant parts. Grover is now wiser and more skilled than before, but still retains some of his sillier traits. The Coach is now a husband and father, but has the same over-the-top militaristic attitude. There’s nothing that really makes this particular volume stand out among Riordan’s mythological tales, but if you like his style, you’ll want to read it. We once again get references to the Greco-Roman gods affecting modern history as well as ancient, characters from mythology and history adapting to the modern world in their own ways, and some pretty obscure mythical beings like the giant-eared pandai.

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