Percy Jackson‘s world will be explored more than fans of Rick Riordan’s work may have initially expected. During his book tour for The Sword of Summer Riordan announced an upcoming series that will allow readers to see further into his world of modern Greek mythology.
Riordan’s plan is for a five part series with the god Apollo as the main character, though he assured fans that Percy Jackson will also appear. The new series, called The Trials of Apollo, will release its first book, The Hidden Oracle, on May 3, 2016. That’s not too far away!
“The series will be about how Apollo has been turned into a human because Zeus is angry with him,” Hypable reports. “He becomes a 16-year-old mortal boy with absolutely no powers. He’ll wind up in New York City, landing in a dumpster, no less.”
Riordan continues to work in the Young Adult genre introducing unsuspecting teenage characters to the worlds of the gods (Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and with his latest series, Norse). Fans of Riordan will either be incredibly excited to see their beloved characters through new eyes, in new and familiar settings, or frustrated at revisiting the Greek gods. Nonetheless, it should be interesting to see how the Apollo adjusts to powerless, mortal life, and how he manages to overcome the struggle.
As an added bonus, since Apollo is a god of poetry, the chapter titles will be in the form of haiku, which is sure to please readers.
About one month before the release date, on April 5, 2016, Riordan is set to publish Demigods & Magicians, a collection of crossover short stories that will include favorite characters such as Percy, Annabeth, Sadie, and Carter, along with a first-look at the Apollo series.