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Book Review: Trials of Apollo: The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan

Trials of Apollo: The Tower of Nero
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Penguin Publishers
Rating: 4/5

Trials of Apollo: The Tower of Nero is the final book in the 15-book Camp Half-Blood Chronicles. This book also finds its niche among fantasy, magical realism and mythological fiction. It picks up where Lester realizes that humility is like a sweet root from which stem all the good virtues. As a God, Apollo didn’t quite fit into the empathetic shoes but his life as Lester Papadopoulos transformed him completely. His transformation plays an imperative role in the story.

In Tower of Nero, we will see Apollo merging two of his chief emotions: humility and the charisma that makes him- him. The story revolves around grief that subtly occupies the deepest corner of the heart. Jason’s death is mourned even after two books and that helps the readers establish a connection. Amidst hope that is exuded by Nico and ill-will that is exuded by most of the demigods, the story finds balance with the help of quirky one-liners that were expected as Riordan doesn’t fail to add humour when times become dark and hope seems lost. The narrative that binds Will to his boyfriend, Nico, is catchy and I couldn’t help but fall in love with Will’s character. He is supportive and empathetic at the same time. Another pivot to this story is the relationship between Will and Apollo, both knowing fairly well their shortcomings yet striving to work it all out.

With Luguselva, Meg’s former trainer under Nero, as the new character, the story’s focus on Meg also brings back several memories that always showed Meg as a victim of abuse and tragedy. Her evolution into a strong and bold person is worth every ounce of appreciation. Overall, The Tower of Nero has a lot of themes that are highlighted deftly. However, it doesn’t quite match up to the excitement and interest that the first three books offered.

Best wishes to the author!

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