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The Tyrant's Tomb: The Trials of Apollo, Book 4

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Apollo atones as the exciting mythological mayhem continues.

Book Rick Riordan Fantasy 2019
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This Apollo series stays exciting with loads of mythological mayhem, but also gets heavy with sad departures and some serious comeuppance for a now-mortal god growing a conscience. Luckily, nothing ever gets heavy for too long, not when the best weapons are sometimes horrid Dean Martin songs and the best way for a harpy to remember a prophesy is to tattoo it on her cyclops-boyfriend's body. There's a delight just in the sheer randomness of author Rick Riordan's imagination.

So many characters and mythological creatures and side quests swirl about in the story that sometimes it's hard for the reader to piece it all together. (Like why's the guy in the tomb in cahoots with the other emperors, and why on earth would you want to pay him a visit?) Plus we're back in Roman territory with Roman terms, rules, and characters. It takes some time to get all the wheels in motion because there are more wheels than The Tyrant's Tomb needs, but most everything rolls neatly to the end -- well, at least the end before the real ending in Book 5.

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