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After a lot of persuasion,I reluctantly purchased the Rick Riordan books published in 2016-The Trials of Apollo-The Hidden Oracle;and Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor.
Let me explain. I quite liked his earlier work,but the finale to Heroes of Olympus disappointed me. It was,truth be told,quite...bad in some respects. But I still kept going. I read the first Magnus Chase book (which was alright) and all that,but when I saw the Trials of Apollo,I was frankly,a bit disgusted. I felt he was pandering to the fans by going back to the Percy Jackson series again. This infuriated me,so I swore not to pick up his books ever again.
But enough about that,let's talk about the books. No spoilers that haven't been revealed before the books' releases,don't worry.
Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor is an alright book. I can't say whether it's better than the first one because I haven't touched that book since I finished reading it the day after it came out. But it's fine. This takes place chronologically after the Trials of Apollo (because all of Riordan's series take place in the same universe),and there's is a bit of a spoiler there,so I recommend putting this for last. The author does some cool stuff with genders,but as cool as it was,I felt that,you guessed it,a bit pandering.
It's still cool and all,but it nags at me a bit. I don't like authors who pander to a certain crowd like that. There's this line about 'cultural appropriation' which I find really forced. And oh god,the pop culture references. Don't even get me started on those. The pacing of the book isn't alright,and the characters and mystery aren't half bad. It makes me wonder though,whether this will be a trilogy or not? Still an alright sequel to an alright book. Moving on...
The Trials of Apollo! I won't mince words here,this book is actually pretty good! Apollo is the perfect protagonist for this series,and the new characters seem cool. This book actually ties in with the previous two series of Riordan:both of them the PJ ones,of course. But it does so in a way that makes sense. I'm actually impressed. The way they tie things up here is on the level of the Last Olympian. Is it perfect? No. The pop culture references are still there,though not as prominent as the Hammer of Thor. The ending features a character that I don't totally like,and I feel they didn't emphasise on one of Apollo's character traits enough. It's still a good book thouch,and one I definitely recommend.
So yeah,maybe I was a bit too harsh on Riordan. He still has those negative flaws,but his writing is still good. I'll stick around for a little more,maybe.
See you all later!