The Demigods – Rick Riordan

Technically composed of four different series, I’ve lumped them all together as this is one universe that just keeps intertwining. I’m not really even sure what first drew me to these series. Growing up I loved tales about the gods and goddesses of old and these were great re-visits to a lot of those tales. Comprised of four intertwined series:

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians (The Greeks)
  • The Heroes of Olympus (The Romans)
  • The Kane Chronicles (The Egyptians)
  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard (The Norse)

Riordan weaves a web of hilarity around young adult demigods coming of age in various hyphenated-American cultures. The idea that the gods are still living and meddling in people’s lives is fascinating and hilarious to me. All of the series on this page plus the Michael Scott, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series, pull me in with their witty play on deities whimsical personalities and their demigod children/descendants wrecking havoc on modern society.

If you have a reluctant reader or a reader who doesn’t want to read but is attracted to ancient tales then this is the place to start! The story lines progress in maturity as the characters grow up which I truly appreciated, especially Nicco’s story in The Blood of Olympus moved me to tears because of the maturity of it and the personal connection.

I haven’t read the cross-overs between the Greeks and Egyptians (The Son of Sobek, The Staff of Serapis and The Crown of Ptolemy) and I haven’t read The Sword of Summer, book one of Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard yet, but I’m sure I will at some point.

My Responses

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Lightning Thief (#1) The Battle of the Labyrinth (#4)
The Sea of Monsters (#2) The Last Olympian (#5)
The Titan’s Curse (#3) The Demigod Files
My Responses

The Heroes of Olympus

The Lost Hero (#1) The House of Hades (#4)
The Son of Neptune (#2) The Blood of Olympus (#5)
The Mark of Athena (#3) The Demigod Diaries
My Responses

The Kane Chronicles

The Red Pyramid (#1) The Throne of Fire (#2) The Serpent’s Shadow (#3)