Trials of Apollo – Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan Review

It is time for the finale of the Trials of Apollo series. I read the first book the day of release back in 2016 but this year I reread the first book and have now officially finished the series, so what did I think of the final book in the series?

Lester’s demigod friends at Camp Jupiter just helped him survive attacks from bloodthirsty ghouls, an evil Roman king and his army of the undead, and the lethal emperors Caligula and Commodus. Now the former god and his demigod master Meg must follow a prophecy uncovered by Ella the harpy. Lester’s final challenge will be at the Tower of Nero, back in New York. Will Meg have a last showdown with her father? Will this helpless form of Apollo have to face his arch nemesis, Python? Who will be on hand at Camp Half-Blood to assist? These questions and more will be answered in this book that all demigods are eagerly awaiting.

Taken from goodreads

I really enjoyed my time with the penultimate book in the series and I think it did a great job in getting the reader ready for the finale. It made me want to jump straight into the final book of the series straight away but when I did get to it, I found myself not enjoying it as much as I thought I would. 

Storywise, it was what I expected to happen and what you sort of expect from a Rick Riordan book nowadays, where at the last minute a certain event happens that changes everything. This is still a good way to write a book and I do enjoy myself trying to figure out how the good guys are going to win this time around but as I knew what was to come due to reading numerous other finales by Rick Riordan I just didn’t want to get there are fast meaning the read felt a lot longer than it should of been.

I do love the whole situation surrounding Apollo and what he went through during his journey and reading through it was an experience I loved and do want to see more of this sort of journey, maybe with Ares.

Nico, Nico and Nico, these are the characters I have come to love and appreciate so much more due to this series. He was one of my favourites to begin with and after this if Rick doesn’t make at least a stand alone if not a series based around him then it is a crime against literature.

Is this the best series that Rick Riordan has going? In my opinion, no that belongs Heroes of Olympus but I do think ToA is fighting for that third spot with Magnus Chase, the first two books in the series let it down for me due to my dislike of that side of Apollo. For me the final book in this series is as good as the third in the series with the fourth still being my favourite.

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