A new sneak peek has Rick Riordan guiding fans through THE BURNING MAZE!
We’ve seen plenty of tips from Coach Hedge about how to get through The Burning Maze aka the main obstacle at the center of the third book in the Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan, but now we’re getting the scoop from the author himself!
In this preview, Uncle Rick is front and center. First, he’s explaining exactly what The Burning Maze is– a section of the massive underground labyrinth from Greek myth that has been set ablaze, terrorizing Southern California and killing satyrs and other mythological nature creatures in its wake. Then he’s explaining what our heroes are trying to do to stop it and their face-off against the third evil Roman emperor. Plus, he tells us which characters from past novels we can expect to meet along the way!
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. . . .