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The Burning Maze

(The Trials of Apollo #3)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  23,152 ratings  ·  2,936 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 431 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Disney-Hyperion
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Jennifer Daniels I think Reyna has to forgive herself for killing her father so she can 'heal her heart'. I know she's a demigod, but she has to do this herself, the…moreI think Reyna has to forgive herself for killing her father so she can 'heal her heart'. I know she's a demigod, but she has to do this herself, the way Nico had to accept being gay. It's something that no one can do for you.(less)
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May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
all the emotions
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Pain is an interesting thing. You think you have reached your limit and you can’t possibly feel more tortured. Then you discover there is still another level of agony. And another level after that.”

Dear Mr.Riordan,
The Burning Maze wasn’t what I expected at all. You dared to DO THAT in this book, and yes, I’m here weeping for what you’ve done. The book is like the mixture of The Battle of the Labyrinth and The House of Hades which turns up to be my favorite of the year since I was halfway th
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"It's been my observation," I said, "that you humans are more than the sum of your history. You can choose how much of your ancestry to embrace. You can overcome the expectations of your family and your society. What you cannot do, and should never do, is try to be someone other than yourself."


*screams into the void*

Whelp. Rick's done it. Not since The Mark of Athena have I felt so destroyed by a Rick Riordan book.


*swings back wine bottle*

Okay. I think I'm ready to ta
may ➹
so if I slap the book hard enough it’ll disappear right? Alexa how do you unread a book
Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms (Book.Enchantress)
Complete 5 Golden Stars
& 5 thousands plus!

the Hidden Oracle: ★★★★★/5= 4.75: Marvelous
the Dark Prophecy: ★★★★★/5= 4.5: Gorgeous
the Burning Maze: ★★★★★/5= 5 !!!: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Marvelous! Gorgeous! Incredible! Unbelievable!....Legendary!......

Daughter of Apollo,
from Camp Half-Blood,
a Healer from Cabin 7,
announce this book
*dramatic pause*


One word,
says it all!
In my point of view, one of the features of a perfect book is when you wish a thing to take place (wh
- ̗̀  jess  ̖́-
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hey folks! It's that time of year when I write a really incoherent screamy review about Rick Riordan's books and I get told to chill, but I have no chill when it comes to Rick Riordan. And believe me when I say that this time, Rick Riordan is not fucking around.

Don't get me wrong - for a lot of the book, we've got the same fun adventure romp that many readers have come to love about Rick's books, even if it is somewhat formulaic. We've got Apollo in all his melodrama, with soooooooo many refere
Coreen  (AsThePlotThickens)
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

C.G. Drews
My first question is: HOW DARE YOU. I should have more to say in this review but ajfkdsla I really want to leave it at that. I am in PAIN. I swear this is probably the most gutting Riordan book I've read so far????? I'm desperately hoping #4 rectifies some OBVIOUS TYPOS that this one left. Because...


First off, I do admit I don't remember the first 2 books very well. Awkward pause. I'm definitely going to do a full series reread before #4 comes out. But I caught up pretty quick that w
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Penguin Random House for a full copy. All thoughts are my own


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
Lucy of House Rojas
"I would be Apollo.
I would remember"

i just need to sit and cry for the rest of my life...

buddy reading with the #ReadRiordanBookClub and Iliana

As if it wasn't too hard already, i decided i'd read this book twice this year
I like suffer maybe way too much
check out my trials of apollo youtube playlist here
samantha  (books-are-my-life20)
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This book has everything a Rick Riordan book needs to have with it making me laugh, cry and feel pretty much every feeling in between. It feels both dark yet light at the same time, which is very hard to have. i loved that Meg and Apollo have very difficult self journeys in this book. And we get to see Grover again which was a plus i love his character. But i do have a question for Mr Ridordan Why is the third book in a serie always so sad?! I mean The Titan's Curse, The Mark of Athena, and now ...more

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Ok, I posted only crying emojis because I had many emotions but it was 3 am. Now, it's time for the actual review because I have some thoughts.

Magnus Chase is sti
Sally ☾
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookshelf, fantasy
"Whatever happens, when you get back to Olympus, when you're a god again, remember. Remember what it's like to be human."

I will never forgive Uncle Rick for this.
I just...cannot believe. I don’t want to believe.
everything hurts.
*cries forever*
May 02, 2017 marked it as to-read
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*
Oda Renate
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own

Just as the other books in this series the words to describe it; Humor, twist and quality quality quality!
Sad its a whole year to the next one but hey, I can always read the imprint books.
Neil (or bleed)
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Burning Maze is, by far, the best in this series, The Trials of Apollo. I don't know about you but I really did admire Apollo on this book. I mean, he's still the eccentric, conceited god but he continue to make progress as a god/mortal, emotionally and intellectually. He continue to realize the value of human and the human nature. And I just love how it was portrayed and delivered in the novel.

The Burning Maze is also the book, among the other Riordan's books that I felt the realness of the
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Please Apollo. Remember. Please.
Jan 17, 2018 marked it as to-read
The cover is here and IT’S BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Is it May yet?????????
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
The hardcover of this book just appeared on my doorstep today, a gift from the publicist for review. Nice!! BUT ... I haven't read the prior two books in this Trials of Apollo series. What do I need to know about Riordan's version of The Story of Apollo (Thus Far), so I'm not completely lost when I jump into this third volume?

Update: So my 16 year old son came home from school and dug the first two Apollo books (which I didn't even remember that we had) out from some basement pile of books and h
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
well fuck uncle rick can still make me cry
Nikki Poulos
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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N (they/them)
”Remember what it’s like to be human.”

4.5 stars
TW: violence, death

The Writing
It’s the classic Apollo-style writing that we had in the previous two Apollo books that I absolutely loved mixed with just classic Riordan writing that we get in all of his books and I also love. It’s funny, it’s got character, it’s easy to fly through. I appreciate it. There’s really not much else to be said about it.

The Plot/Pacing
It’s so fastpaced! Something is constantly happening and you can’t lose focus for
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third instalment in The Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan sees our heroes face the final Roman emperor in the Triumvirate, as well as meeting a large number of dryads in a very hot and desert like California. We’re also joined by Piper and Jason, demigod heroes last seen in The Heroes of Olympus series - and let’s just say they’re on rather fractious terms...

This picks up the action straight away, as we see Apollo, Meg and Grover running for their lives in the Labyrinth while pursed by
Uncle Rick... what did you do to my heart...?

I'll admit the first two Trials of Apollo were just okay. This one, was brilliant.
So many emotions. Too many emotions.

I have grown to care about Piper and Jason as side characters in this one book, 10 times more than I did in the five Heroes of Olympus books.
I also FINALLY care Meg and Apollo and the relationship they have. I even love them.
Don't get me started on how wonderful it was to go on an adventure with Grover again.

It feels like the brilliant
Menglong Youk
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Let one year of agonizing wait begin. :')
Captain Nemo (The Demigod Slytherin Who Drives A Jeep)
Darn you uncle rick. WHY CANT YOU WRITE FASTER!!
Update: THE COVER! It’s so amazing!
Another update: Here’s a sneak peek!!!

Okay, now for the actual review! This book was awesome! The third book is always a turning point in Rick Riordan's five part series. This book was no different. It was happy at some points and sad in others. I am so glad Grover has made come back. Plus we see an appearance from Piper and Jason. Many people are not fans of them, but pers
So I really loved this. Apollo is definitely my favorite god [in the general Riordanverse], Meg is great, and it's nice to see some cameos from familiar characters throughout [although I still cannot believe that (view spoiler) ...more
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Something happened and I definitely didn’t expect it
This is my favorite thing Riordan has written in years. I think partially I liked it so much because I had such trouble with the first two books in this series, enough that I was almost 100% sure I would stop reading his books after this series was through. I think I'm going to reevaluate that decision based on how much I enjoyed reading The Burning Maze. We'll see. But aside from liking it simply because it was better than the first two is not the only thing factoring in my enjoyment, I'm fairl ...more
Deeksha Hegde
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books, including the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. Please follow him on Twitter and via his official blog.

Other books in the series

The Trials of Apollo (5 books)
  • The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)
  • The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2)
  • The Tyrant's Tomb (The Trials of Apollo, #4)
  • Untitled (The Trials of Apollo, #5)
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