Rick Riordan has been writing books for young readers since 2005, and with over 190 million copies of his books in print worldwide, he has made quite an impact on the fantasy genre. Called “storyteller of the gods” by Publishers Weekly, Riordan’s ability to seamlessly interweave extensive knowledge of mythology with present-day plotlines has garnered immense popularity for his books.
While best known for his multiple Greek and Roman mythology series, Riordan has written two trilogies in other mythologies as well. He also launched his own imprint, a smaller division of the Disney-Hyperion Publishing family, in 2018. This imprint, Rick Riordan Presents, has helped over a dozen authors to publish books similar to Riordan’s in myths (traditional stories about gods and heroes) from all over the world.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series was Rick Riordan’s first series written for children. It follows the adventures of a young demigod, Percy Jackson, as he navigates the world of Greek gods, monsters, and ancient myths.
Throughout the series, Percy and his fellow demigods encounter various challenges and embark on quests to save the world from the wrath of the titans. The books are set in the United States, but intertwined with the classic stories of Greek mythology, introducing younger generations to many famous myths and legends. Each novel in the series focuses on a specific quest, all the while maintaining an engaging narrative.
Riordan finished the series in 2010, claiming that he didn’t plan to write any more books from Percy’s first-person POV. However, in October 2022 he announced a type of “Percy Jackson 6,” which Riordan says is “a kind of ‘thank you’ for sticking with me all these years as you waited for a better PJO [on-screenhttps://rickriordan.com/series/percy-jackson-and-the-olympians/">The Lightning Thief, 12-year-old Percy Jackson discovers that he is the son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. After being accused of stealing Zeus' master bolt, Percy embarks on a dangerous quest to clear his name, find the real thief, and prevent a devastating war between the gods. With the help of a satyr, Grover, and a daughter of Athena, Annabeth, Percy journeys across the United States on an adventure filled with monsters and gods. This trip to Greece is especially recommended for proponents of the series, as it is rich in locations that inspired the story.