The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan (The Trials of Apollo #5)

Hello, my darling readers!
This is it. The last installment of the Trials of Apollo series. I was super excited to finally get my hands on this book and see where his journey as Lester would take Apollo. Let’s find out!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

At last, the breathtaking, action-packed finale of the #1 bestselling Trials of Apollo series is here! Will the Greek god Apollo, cast down to earth in the pathetic moral form of a teenager named Lester Papadopoulos, finally regain his place on Mount Olympus? 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. 

The Rating:

By now, I’m pretty sure you all know how much I love Rick Riordan’s novels. I read almost everything he wrote and enjoyed every single novel. No surprises here, with the final installment in the Trials of Apollo series he didn’t disappoint.

In short, this was quite a ride. As usually there is a lot of action but also a lot of touching moments that’ll bring you to the brink of tears. But most importantly, there’s a lot of humor!

I don’t even know what to say about The Tower of Nero. It’s a fascinating story and I just couldn’t stop reading. Apart from the regular stuff, this is also an interesting exploration of abuse relationship dynamics and healing from them. I feel like Riordan is doing his best to treat this in a meaningful way that might allow readers to actually learn something without coming across as preachy or condescending.

Furthermore, I appreciated how Apollo learned and developed throughout the series. There are no sudden changes. It’s slow but steady acquired through hard work and experience. Apollo knows that he won’t magically become a better person/God unless he puts in a conscious effort not to go back to his old ways. Again, the way Riordan approaches this is just very applicable for real life.

Apart from life-lessons to be learned here, it’s just an enjoyable story that you’ll 100% love if you liked his other books. In my opinion, you can never go wrong with a Riordan novel. The Tower of Nero is a satisfying end to The Trials of Apollo. He manages to squeeze in a decent conclusion for all characters involved without trying too hard or pulling a Harry Potter epilog. Simply nothing to complain about from my side!

Perfect ending for a great series of novels. As per usual, Rick Riordan doesn’t let his readers down and delivers another amazing book.

Did you read this book? Let me know in the comments what you think!

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