The Burning Maze

The Burning Maze

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...

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Title:The Burning Maze
Author:Rick Riordan
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The Burning Maze Reviews

  • Amber Robertson

    Dare I say it? I may just. The Burning Maze is one of Rick Riordan’s top five books of all time. This book had it all. Character development that didn’t fade away, action, death, drama and the inclusion of past characters didn’t feel forced. Oh, I forgot to mention the best part! The Burning Maze brought back Grover. I honestly feel as if Grov

    Dare I say it? I may just. The Burning Maze is one of Rick Riordan’s top five books of all time. This book had it all. Character development that didn’t fade away, action, death, drama and the inclusion of past characters didn’t feel forced. Oh, I forgot to mention the best part! The Burning Maze brought back Grover. I honestly feel as if Grover is one of the most underappreciated characters in all of Rick Riordan’s series. That satyr deserves a heck of a lot more recognition for what he’s gone through and the fact he was here in The Burning Maze? You bet I screamed.

    The Burning Maze kicks off almost hours after the end of The Dark Prophecy. Meg, Apollo and Grover are travelling through the labyrinth (yes, the labyrinth is back) and are facing some complications, obviously. The trio goes through so much and at times even has to spilt up. However, I notice Rick Riordan always makes sure to use the Camp Half-Blood rule of three people going on a quest together. In The Burning Maze, we learn more about Meg’s biological father and see her interact with dryads of where she used to live. Piper and Jason even appear, characters from one of Rick Riordan’s other series, and they didn’t make me want to die (these two were my least favourite of Rick Riordan’s).

    This story just seems to flow so much better than the previous one. It was honestly so exciting and I am so happy that I can passionately tell everyone to pick it up. If you’re into middle grade and Rick Riordan’s books this is so worth it.

    Rick really changed up the game in this one is all I’ll say without spoiling anyone. I’m just so excited for people to read it so I have people to scream with.

    Anyway, I’m babbling, let us jump into what I liked and didn’t like about The Burning Maze.

    L I K E S

    ✗ RICK CHANGED IT UP IM THRIVING

    It’s not that Rick changed it up, it’s that he finally did things he was too afraid to do in previous books. I really can’t say much here without spoiling it and I want everyone to be as shocked as I was, so I’ll leave it at that.

    ✗ I ACTUALLY ENJOYED JASON AND PIPER I AM SHOOKETH

    I despise Jason and Piper. I think they’re an Annabeth and Percy remake and I just didn’t like that in life and death situations the only person Piper cared about was Jason. It was annoying. However, finally, six books later I like them. Wow, that was hard to say. I think what I enjoyed the most was a) lack of Jason and b) Piper getting real about their relationship. Their relationship had been forged on lies – shout out to Hera, you bitch – and in such a high intense situation as war it is difficult to go back to normal life in which you can relax. I feel that this pair really showed the struggles of something like that and I am so happy Rick included it in the book.

    ✗ GROVER IS BACK HAIL GROVER

    I said it earlier but Grover deserves more love. Grover goes out of his way to saves everyone’s butt and protect the world. I honestly can’t even express my excitement at getting his humour back in the books and seeing his dedication towards his friends, both old and new. He’s seriously Percy’s best friend and y’all sleep on him too much.

    ✗THAT CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT ON APOLLO FINALLY STUCK

    I complained in my last review, The Dark Prophecy, about how Apollo took backward steps. Finally in The Burning Maze we see Apollo start thinking about others. He goes through so many emotions and has a general empathy that shocks even him. It was seriously enjoyable to see a god shocked at feeling something like empathy towards a mortal. I feel if Apollo had kept up with the same level of douchebaggery as the first book I would have had to put this book down but I was very pleasantly shocked by what Rick Riordan chose to do with this story.

    D I S L I K ES

    ✗ I DON’T HAVE ANY LMAO BYE

    I’m as shocked as you are. I don’t know what happened. I always have something I disliked about a book. I mean, The Burning Maze isn’t a perfect book either but I honestly just can’t pinpoint one thing I hated or that even irked me in this book. I had such a fun time reading it and I really can’t say anything negative. I’m speechless, for once. If you know me, you know this is a shock.

    Overall, The Burning Maze shocked me in the best way possible. I truly can’t put in words how much I did enjoy this book. I clearly tried and reading over this review made me cringe because I literally can’t express my enjoyment. I probably wouldn’t recommend this series to someone who hasn’t read Rick Riordan’s previous series, but if you want to give it a go I do still recommend it! The pacing was beautiful and the intensity of some of the characters emotions was intense. We finally got a sense of grief as well, that Rick has shied away from in previous books.

  • SilverOwl910

    OMG! OMG!

    I got The Dark Prophecy today! I saw the title of this book at the back. The I looked at the release date. *dies* HOW THE HADES AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT AN ENTIRE YEAR FOR THIS????????

    At least I have Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead to look forward to... even if it is six months away. *dies again*

  • Menglong Youk

    Let one year of agonizing wait begin. :')

  • Luc Ghost

    Why does may 1st 2018 seems so far?

    jan.17.18 update

    DAT COVER THOOOOO

  • P

    Five books. Five oracles.

    Yeah ! this is such a long wait.

    Running towards the end of this series is like ...

    I expect to see the emperors team up like the avengers.

  • Regina

    The cover is here and IT’S BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    Is it May yet?????????

  • Taylor

    WE HAVE A COVER.

    I've honestly missed Grover so much. AND MEG AND APOLLO?!

    *breathes heavily* I don't think my heart can take another trek through the Labyrinth again. I better say a farewell to my sanity until May roles around.

    ...

    at the release date got me like:

    *cries and waits in agony*

  • Darlalala

    I love seeing old characters and I'm really happy we get to see

    again!

    I love that:

    -Apollo is not as clueless as before.

    -Meg has become less annoying and more... charming? Yes, let's go with charming.

    -The

    between the characters!!!

    -Romance taking the back seat.

    -CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT Y'ALL

    Hopefully these will carry on to the next book, The Burning Maze.

    And I'm really excited for Jason, Piper, Frank and Hazel's reunion with Leo!

    It could be like thi

    I love seeing old characters and I'm really happy we get to see

    again!

    I love that:

    -Apollo is not as clueless as before.

    -Meg has become less annoying and more... charming? Yes, let's go with charming.

    -The

    between the characters!!!

    -Romance taking the back seat.

    -CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT Y'ALL

    Hopefully these will carry on to the next book, The Burning Maze.

    And I'm really excited for Jason, Piper, Frank and Hazel's reunion with Leo!

    It could be like this..

    Most probably, it'll be like this...

    Yay! I can't wait!

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  • Andrea

    I JUST NEED SOME APOLO - JASON INTERACTION, LIKE 100 PAGES OF THAT, PLEASE.

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