• Charlotte Hope

The Greek Gods

Find out how all of Rick Riordan's best-selling series interconnect!

When Greek mythology gets crossed with modern-day demigods, you go to Rick Riordan. Rick Riordan is the best-selling author famous for his many books crossing, you guessed it, mythology and modern-day teens. He has published multiple series, including Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, The Trials of Apollo, and many more! In this article, I will be explaining how all of those series interconnect and my opinion on when you should read each book in relation to the others.

In the first series Rick Riordan writes about mythology, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Percy Jackson finds out that he is a demigod, the child of a god and a mortal. He goes across the country on quests to defeat the Titans, Gaea's immortal children, Mother Earth. He befriends a girl named Annabeth, and along with his friend Grover, they fill a centuries-old prophecy that could either save or destroy the world. These books are The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Battle of the Labyrinth, The Titan's Curse, and The Last Olympian.

After that series, Percy disappears, and along with two others, Jason Grace shows up at Camp Half-Blood with no memories, a purple T-shirt, and a mysterious tattoo. Jason and the two other recruits, Piper McLean and Leo Valdez, travel across the US to free a captive Hera from Gaea. In the next book, we find out where Percy disappeared to. He finds himself in a camp of Roman demigods, all wearing purple T-shirts and sporting tattoos. He and another two demigods, Hazel Levesque and Frank Zhang, go to Alaska and retrieve the legion's most prized possession: an eagle statue lost in the 1980s by another roman demigod named Micheal Varus. This series includes a quest to the ancient lands, trying to defeat Gaea, the Earth itself before she wakes, and her children take over the world. This series includes The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, The Mark of Athena, The House of Hades, and The Blood of Olympus.

Before we move on to the last Greek/Roman crossover, we need to look at an entirely different series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. You may have heard of Asgard or seen it in a Marvel movie, but the actual Asgard is much different. After heroically dying on a bridge, his soul is rescued by a friendly Valkrie named Sam, and he is taken to Valhalla. Valhalla is the biking equivalent of paradise, a magic hotel where everything you do is death. Magnus, Sam, and his friends Hearth and Blitz, an elf and a dwarf leave Valhalla on a quest they will never forget. The following two books also include quests, but, alas, I cannot say anything without spoiling the series. You'll have to read the books to find out what happens! What I can say is this: In the first book, we find out that Annabeth Chase, Percy Jackson's girlfriend, is actually Magnus' cousin, and in the third book, we get a surprise appearance of Percy Jackson himself! Percy actually mentions something crazy going on in NYC, involving long-dead emperors who were never actually dead. This brings us to our next series, which happens simultaneously with the Magnus chase books: The Trials of Apollo. These books are The Sword of Summer, The Hammer of Thor, and The Ship of the Dead.

The Trials of Apollo. A series about the punishment of the god Apollo, who was blamed for Gaea's awakening in The Heroes of Olympus. He is stripped of his godly powers and is deposited on Earth as acne covered teen named Lester Papadoupalous. It really rolls off the tongue. He and a greek demigod raised roman, Meg, fight against 3 roman emperors of old; Caligula, Nero, and Commodus. They have taken over the oracles and are trying to take down the gods once and for all. There is an easter egg in the fifth book. Once you read it, see if you can find it. Post it in the comments! I have read the whole series, but I am not going to tell what happens. Books: The Hidden Oracle, The Dark Prophecy, The Burning Maze, The Tyrant's Tomb, and The Tower of Nero.

Moving on from Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology, let's visit something a lot more confusing but just as captivating: Rick Riordan's very own Egyptian mythology series, The Kane Chronicles! A series based on brother and sister, Carter and Katie Kane, Egyptian magicians, who also happen to be Horus and Isis's hosts, two major Egyptian deities. When their father accidentally releases Set, an evil god bent on taking over the world, they must learn their strengths and try to defeat him before it is too late. The next two books are mainly centered around Ra, the sun god, and an ancient serpent, even more evil than Set. This series crosses over to the Greek side in a short but memorable series called Demigods and Magicians. The Kanes and Annabeth, and Percy must work together to take down the evil magician Setne, who is introduced in the first Egyptian series before absorbing all of the gods from Greek and Egyptian mythologies. I believe that this series happens either in-between, after, or before The Trials of Apollo, but my strongest bet is on before. Books: The Red Pyramid, The Throne of Fire, and The Serpent's Shadow. The crossover book series includes The Son of Sobek, The Staff of Serapis, and The Crown of Ptolemy. (Sorry, no links for these)

In my opinion, you should read all of these book series in the order that I have mentioned them. I've created a list of them in my Bookshop. I hope you guys like these books just as much as I have. Keep a lookout for more articles and reviews. Hope you like the book!

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