Cover and Excerpt: THE BURNING MAZE (TRIALS OF APOLLO #3) by Rick Riordan

Prepare for more haikus and adventure in the third book of The TRIALS OF APOLLO series, THE BURNING MAZE!

Rick Riordan keeps the demigod delights coming, and the latest bit of joy comes from The Trials of Apollo series! The third book in the series, The Burning Maze, brings the god Apollo (also known as Lester Papadopoulos) to his third trial. Apollo will have to brave the dangerous, twisting Labyrinth to find a Roman emperor in the American Southwest. Percy Jackson’s beloved satyr friend Grover will be joining Apollo on his perilous journey.

The cover for The Burning Maze shows Apollo and his companions as they seemingly run towards danger. The dark tones of the cover emphasize the eeriness and unpredictability of the Labyrinth. Imagine being stuck down there with no clear idea what to do and where to go?

Check out the cover as well as an excerpt for The Burning Maze below!


Once was Apollo

Now a rat in the Lab’rinth

Send help. And cronuts



I refuse to share this part of my story. It was the lowest, most humiliating, most awful week in my four thousand plus years of life. Tragedy. Disaster. Heartbreak. I will not tell you about it.


Why are you still here? Go away!

But alas, I suppose I have no choice. Doubtless, Zeus expects me to tell you the story as part of my punishment.

It’s not enough that he turned me, the once divine Apollo, into a mortal teenager with acne, flab, and the alias Lester Papadopoulos. It’s not enough that he sent me on a dangerous quest to liberate five great ancient Oracles from a trio of evil Roman emperors. It’s not even enough that he enslaved me—his formerly favorite son—to a pushy twelve-year-old demigod named Meg!

On top of all that, Zeus wants me to record my shame for posterity.

Very well. But I have warned you. In these pages, only suffering awaits.

Where to begin?

With Grover and Meg, of course.


No doubt The Burning Maze will live up to our expectations and bring us on a fun (yet frightening) adventure with Apollo, Meg, and Grover!

Here is the synopsis of The Burning Maze from Goodreads:

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 Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad.

With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor—and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles—somewhere in the American Southwest. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know. They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon. . . .

The Burning Maze releases on May 1, 2018. You can pre-order it now via Amazon.