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The Burning Maze

Written by Rick Riordan

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LoveReading View on The Burning Maze

Gods and monsters, heroism and humour

May 2018 MEGA Book of the Month |

The Burning Maze is book three in Riordan’s The Trials of Apollo series, and the best yet. It opens with Apollo, trapped on Earth in the form of spotty teenager Lester Papadopoulos, struggling through an underground Labyrinth. He and his companions, pushy twelve-old demigod called Meg, and satyr Grover Underwood, are on the trail of one of the five great Oracles, racing to find it before it falls into the hands of an evil Roman emperor. They barely make it to the end of the first chapter before they’re attacked by monsters … No-one can beat Riordan for action scenes, and Apollo’s sardonic running commentary on his misery is very funny indeed. We’re used to him being arrogant, selfish and annoying, but could there be signs that he’s changing, and becoming – gulp – a bit more human, as well as mortal? One thing’s for certain, the ending will surprise everyone, and leave readers desperate for the next instalment.  Riordan rules!

Andrea Reece

The Burning Maze Synopsis

I WAS A GOD, ONCE. UNTIL I WAS CAST OUT BY MY FATHER, ZEUS. NOW I'M AN AWKWARD MORTAL TEENAGER CALLED LESTER. My way out? A series of scary and dangerous trials, of course. For my third mission, I must: Journey through the Labyrinth to free an Oracle who only speaks in puzzles. Defeat a vicious and bloodthirsty Roman Emperor - the most vicious of three very vicious and bloodthirsty Roman Emperors. Is that all? No, I've to do everything without any of my godly powers. Wonderful. Looks like I'll be needing all the help I can get. From new friends, and old . . .

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The Burning Maze Reader Reviews

In addition to our LoveReading expert opinion some of our LoveReading4Kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Charlotte Cassidy, age 13 - 'The Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze is a fantastic book that is full of twists and turns all the way through, and it grabs you at every moment. I loved it!'
  • Alex Hall, age 12 - 'In this book Apollo must face his last trial and stop the evil Roman Emperor Caligula from stripping him from his godly powers & becoming the new god of the sun. This book was a great read!'
  • Isaac East, age 12 - 'Trials of Apollo - The Burning Maze has got to be one of my favourite books by Rick Riordan (he’s written loads). it is magic and mythology entwined with a thrilling plot and amazing characters.'
  • Punam Shah, age 11 - 'Wow. One word to describe this book'
  • Alexander Bisland, age 12 - 'I couldn't put this book down as it was so good!'
  • Libby Bridgeman, age 10 - 'This book is amazing! it's about Apollo, Meg and Grover entering a burning maze to retrieve an oracle. I rate it 5 stars. it's a funny book, I enjoyed reading it.'
  • Emily Golding, age 11 - 'Readers of Rick Riordan will love this, and new ones too (I have never read Riordan books)! Enjoy it like I did! I'm sure you will love it...'
  • Alex Nicholson, age 12 - 'I loved the book as it had lots of bad puns, and the quest was very well described, I recommend this to anyone who likes a gripping adventure novel with lots of twists and turns'
  • Ross O'Gorman, age 11 - 'Rick Riordan has done it again. This book is amazing with so many twists and turns. You just cannot put it down. Apollo must rely on the services of Grover and Meg McCaffrey and two Roman demigods to survive the maze.'
  • Seren Daly, age 11 - 'This is a really good adventure fantasy book I thoroughly enjoyed it.'
  • Bella, age 11 - 'Loved this book I want to read all the others now.'
  • Evie Conley, age 11 - 'I found this book scary and I felt it was more suitable for 14+ year olds.'

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780141363998
Publication date: 01/05/2018
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141363998
Publication date: 1st May 2018
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: Books of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Rick Riordan

A World Book Day Author 2019 Rick Riordan is an award-winning mystery writer. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Rick's first novel featuring the heroic young demigod, was the overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award in 2006 and is now a blockbuster film franchise, starring Logan Lerman. Rick Riordan is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series for children and the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and ...

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