Zeus casts his son Apollo to earth as a normal teenager. Apollo is a Greek god whose mortal name is Lester Papadopoulos. With the help of his demi-god friends from Camp Jupiter, Lester fights off ghouls and Roman armies to survive and, with any luck, return to his place on Mount Olympus. They have defeated Caligula and Commodus, but there is one emperor left: Nero. Who happens to be Meg McCaffrey's abusive stepfather. Lester and Meg, friend and Apollo's demi-god master, are heading to New York to confront Nero at his tower. Meg has always struggled to escape Nero’s influence, and Apollo (as Lester) is concerned about how she will handle this showdown. Nero orders Luguselwa, who helped raised and train Meg as a child, to capture Meg and Lester. Instead, she defies him and helps the teens to escape and get to Camp Half-Blood.
Now reunited with their friends Nico and Will, the four go to see Rachel Dare, the oracle, for help. Unfortunately, Rachel’s powers don’t work because Python, Apollo's nemesis, has inhabited Delphi. With no insight, the group returns to New York with a plan to stop Nero from burning the city to the ground. They are victorious in stopping Nero but pay a heavy cost. Apollo is injured but must head to Delphi to face Python to regain his godly powers.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (16):
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a meaningful end to Apollo and Meg’s arc carried through the five books. I found it well-written and exciting. The entire set of Trials of Apollo books are a great read for anyone who enjoys Greek mythology. Tower of Nero flushes out a lot of side characters from the original Percy Jackson series, like Rachel Dare and Will Solace. It is entertaining and informative to find out the essence of these characters.
The plot has violence, including characters being killed. Some of the violence is graphic, and because of that I would not suggest this book as a read for very young readers. But this book would make a great gift for teen fans of mythology.
Adventure, familiar characters, evil foes, and plenty of action will have myth-loving readers glued to their chairs to finish the Trials of Apollo series.
Violence, including a fairly graphic scene where one character's hands get chopped off.
This book is part of a mythology/historical fiction series for preteen readers.
Underlying all of the mythology is real Roman history. Commodus, Caligula, and Nero were real emperors. Encourage young readers to learn more about them and how they fit into Greek mythology. [They are Roman after all.]
11 and Up
9 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer's Age: 16