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Are you familiar with what happens to Gods who anger their godly parents? They are transformed into awkward, ungainly teenagers with acne and no godly powers and have to perform several dangerous tasks  before they can gain their godly pardon. At least in author Rick Riordan’s world, that’s how it happens. Lester Papadopoulos, that is what the God Apollo is called now, is off to his third quest in the new The Trials of Apollo book The Burning Maze, which was published in India by Penguin Random House India (Rs 374) on May 1.

  • Published 3.05.18
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Are you familiar with what happens to Gods who anger their godly parents? They are transformed into awkward, ungainly teenagers with acne and no godly powers and have to perform several dangerous tasks  before they can gain their godly pardon. At least in author Rick Riordan’s world, that’s how it happens. Lester Papadopoulos, that is what the God Apollo is called now, is off to his third quest in the new The Trials of Apollo book The Burning Maze, which was published in India by Penguin Random House India (Rs 374) on May 1.

The story so far

Set six months after the final book in the Heroes of Olympus series, it follows the trials of Apollo who was punished by his father Zeus, and dumped in a New York alley as a 16-year-old human called Lester who has none of his powers. He befriends Demeter’s daughter Meg and with Percy Jackson’s help, finds his way to Camp Half-Blood. 
After facing some fairly dangerous trials at Camp Half-Blood in the first book, The Hidden Oracle, Apollo aka Lester sets out on a quest to secure the next Oracle with old favourites Leo Valdez and Calypso. The second book, The Dark Prophecy sees them journeying to Indianapolis, the events of which lead them to the next leg of their journey with a special friend — the satyr Grover Underwood.

The new book

We don’t know much about the book except that Leo is taking Festus to Camp Jupiter to warn them of trouble while Meg and Apollo journey into the Labyrinth to find the third oracle “who speaks in word puzzles — somewhere in the American Southwest”. 

The contest

Don’t worry, we are not going to ask you to write bad haiku. To participate in the t2-Puffin Books Rick Riordan Contest, all you have to do is answer this question within 50 words: Who is your favourite Rick Riordan hero and why? Send your entry to t2contest@abp.in with your name, age, postal address and phone number. Three of our favourite letters will receive a copy of The Burnin Maze, and also be printed in t2. Entries exceeding the word limit will not be considered. Contest closes at 9pm on May 6, 2018.

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