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The Burning Maze

(The Trials of Apollo #3)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  66,697 ratings  ·  6,025 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, 448 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Disney-Hyperion
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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
Tharindu Dissanayake
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
"Hail, the Meg!"

Didn't see that one coming... For the first time in ToA, it's difficult to laugh all the way, after encountering one of the most heartbreaking events of the entire camp half-blood series. Just when I thought things might get a little repetitive and predictable, the author has decided to drop a bomb on us. No fair, Riordan. If you must kill a character, please do with a new one.

"O Wise Projectile, we need help!"

Everything started great and adv
"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 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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
Complete 5 Golden Stars
& 5 thousands plus!

the Hidden Oracle: ★★★★★/5= 4.9: Marvelous
the Dark Prophecy: ★★★★(★)/5= 4.5: Gorgeous
the Burning Maze: ★★★★★/5= 5 Compelete!!!: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!


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 (
- ̗̀  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
Joel Rochester
Dec 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
rick riordan i will never forgive you

brilliant book though love u uncle rick <3
— Massiel
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Please Apollo. Remember. Please.

Though I really felt like the ending of this book was amazing, I do feel like it dragged at some points. I feel like the main plot of the book wasn’t keeping me as entertained as the previous ones and even though the ending was phenomenal, I just don’t think it 100% makes up for the rest! I do think that the next book will be incredible though, and am so so excited to read it!
"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
THIRD TIME REREAD: surprisingly, i didn't cry this time... i didn't cry as much as the other two at least ahahhaa
sally ✿
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
"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 it. I don’t want to believe it.
everything hurts.
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
samantha  Bookworm-on-rainydays
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 s
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
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
well fuck uncle rick can still make me cry
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rick-riordan-ily

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I really missed my Papadopoulos 👰

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Honestly I'm really scared to start this book, since I read Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard not long ago and accidentally stumbled upon a major spoiler which made me want to crawl into my bed and never see sunlight ever again

But on a whole different note, I WANT TO SEE REYNA!!!!

Her name was mentioned at the end of the last book, so I'm hoping she'll make an appearance
Love ya!
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*
Davina Herondale
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 23, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
wow, this series just got DARK.

i’m floored. i’m devastated. i’m trying so hard to convince myself that what i read did not just happen.

this is, like, an objective 5 stars, but it would be a subjective 1 star. it is absolutely one of the best books rick riordan has ever written, yet the absolute cruellest he’s ever been to his characters (and his readers). this is the “shit just got real” book of the series. the tonal shift from the first two books…. yeah, wow. i was NOT expecting that. i’m alm
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
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
Jan 17, 2018 marked it as to-read
The cover is here and IT’S BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Is it May yet?????????
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
”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 foc
I am a Rick fan. His books are so fun. Of all the series I have read, this is my least favorite series and I've been trying to figure out why. It has Rick's crisp wit and humor that the rest have. His characters are interesting and we are invested in them. Something is just a little bit off with this one. I do enjoy it, but I'm comparing this to all the other Rick books.

I think this book series has more of a melancholy tone. I think Apollo brings a bit of sadness to the story. He has so much to
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Something happened and I definitely didn’t expect it
Menglong Youk
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Let one year of agonizing wait begin. :') ...more
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The Trials of Apollo (5 books)
  • The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)
  • The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2)
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