There’s nothing like the next Rick Riordan book. He is just an awesome writer. If you’re not familiar with his novels they involve the Greek Gods, Percy Jackson, Magnus Chase and mythology. They are the best books every year with continuing stories every new book. His latest is book two of The Trials of Apollo Book Three: The Burning Maze (Disney-Hyperion; in stores now).
Apollo is still without his powers having been banned to earth by Zeus as a 16 year old name LesterPapadopoulos (and dealing with what 16 year old teens have to deal with). He continues on his quest to restore Oracles in order to get back into the good graces of Zeus.
This adventure takes him to Los Angeles where a fire is raging underground and destroying land and nature dryads. With Meg, Grover, Piper and Jason they go in search of Caligula, who is responsible for the fires along with Medea, who wants to make him the new Sun God (since Apollo is now mortal).
They figure out where Caligula is and face off against him, with disastrous results, they need to regroup. They take off and reach the underground maze where the fires are set and need to rescue the Oracle Sibyl, they must solve riddles and once again have to deal with Medea in order to free Sibyl. It will take every ounce of their power and abilities to get out of this alive.
Rick Riordan might by the best writer in the business today. His books are really well written and funny (with numerous LOL moments)! His use of pop-culture and asides are just beyond greatness (Apollo is the writer and often explains to the reader what he just wrote). As you finish each book you find yourself counting down the days until the next one comes out!