Top 10 Best Rick Riordan Books

The Top Ten
1 The Last Olympian The Last Olympian Product Image

It's so incredibly hard to choose a favorite from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series for me; they're just all so good! It's my favorite series (it's genius, really), and personally, my favorite book changes all the time, depending on which one in the series I've read most recently. However, since I recently finished this one again, I'm going to have to go with The Last Olympian, especially because, if I can remember correctly, it's the author's favorite one too. This book is so awesome because it takes all of the plotlines that were developing throughout the rest of the series, and it all ties up in this one book. It's the battle the whole series was preparing for, and everything led up to this. Plus, I love the themes in this one, especially the one about how sometimes the hardest skill to master is learning how to yield. It's just an awesome book; it has action-packed battle scenes, great dialogue, spectacular plot threads, and the way it all wraps up in the last few ...more

This book is one of the best I've ever read from from Rick and may I say that it was stellar. Anyone in their right mind should read this because it is so good. I am an aspiring author myself, though I'm only 12, these books are the reason I wasnt to be an author. Rick Riordan has had a huge impact on my life and every time I'm feeling down, I'll pick up one his books. I even have a shrine filled with all of his books in my room. Rick Riordan is my biggest role model and I bet he' a real nice guy as well as an award winning author. Every last mythology book he's written has been a NewYork Times best seller and that is a huge accomplishment. I hope to be just like Rick Riordan when I emerge from my shell as an adolescent, then gloriously rise to adulthood.

I agree the lost hero pissed me off too I mean don't get me wrong I like the new characters but I did not like how they tried to make Jason better than Percy aka the one who defeated Kronos, the one who took a swim in the River Styx, the one who FOUGHT ARES AND WON, the one who saved many lives, the one who saved his best friend from a giant cyclops, and so many other things. And what has Jason done? IDRC to be honest...

"It all goes down to one epic finale."

I'm not sure if "epic" is the right word to describe "The Last Olympian." Not a single part in this book will you be bored as 5/8 of it was covered by the goosebump-producing "Battle of Manhattan." You'll also love the part where Luke dies--it's so sad and emotional, and you'll admire how strong and smart Annbeth is.

2 The Lightning Thief The Lightning Thief Product Image

Amazing book, So much action, and creativity, from fights to talks and bullies. This book has it all. The Percy Jackson series is easily the best series I have ever read and I think the first book is the best out of all. THIS IS A MUST READ SERIES

This book. The one that started it all. Is not number 1. Why!?!?! This is amazing! We get to learn about this new world and these amazing new characters with AWESOME backstories! And it isn't number 1?!

Read this book when I was 10. While not Percy's age at any time during either series, I know that he and I are so similar. This is the most inspirational book I have ever read, despite being a children's fantasy. It is my favorite book of all time.

This book started it all! If I never read this book then I wouldn't have been reading Rick Riordan's books! The best start to the greatest series ever. Not the best Rick Riordan book but a really good one.

3 The House of Hades The House of Hades Product Image

I absolutely loved this book. It was one of the darker books, which was so cool. Part of it literally takes place in hell, Percy's poison bending, he almost killed Akhlys. It was also the first book with representation, and I felt that made it better. I especially loved all of its callbacks and references from other books. I loved how Tartarus himself comes to kill Percy and Annabeth, and Bobs sacrifice will never be forgotten. Frank leading the undead soldiers at the Doors of Death was an amazing fight scene, I just wish the battle with Gaea was that good. This book was extremely amazing, and the peak of HoO. It set up BoO perfectly, only for BoO to be disappointing. Still, House of Hades might as well be my favorite book.

This book is awesome, much darker than the others, plus it introduces Rick Riordan's first gay character(well, not exactly, more of the first openly gay character). It is definitely the best Riordan book. Way better than anything else in Heroes of Olympus, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, Magnus Chase, and The Trials of Appolo.

HoH shows a different side of our favourite characters. Instead of being oddly cheerful in a word where the end is near, this book is majorly set in... there. It shows us Percy's other side and mental health (in a way), which was never explored I feel, despite 5 books where he was the main character and the HoO where he was one of the main characters.
I would say the Blood of Olympus is my favourite, but Annabeth and Percy are my favourite characters and they're minor characters in it so...

I really like this book because of the passion between Annabeth and Percy. Its almost like being back in the old days of the PJO books. It gives us a time without Percy and Jason shooting daggers at each other. Also, what is up with Jason! He's like Rick Riordon took Percy and stripped him of all good things. Jason is way to shallow. He is too perfect and has no personality.

4 The Mark of Athena The Mark of Athena Product Image

The 7 heroes met each other in this book. This was where the heroes gathered up. Sometimes they would have fights with each other but would then resolve them. It was fun to see how the Romans and Greeks would team up.

This was just wow, it is definitely my number one book, the love story here was at its peak. God, I really miss Anabeth and Percy, in the new books (trials of Apollo) we rarely get to seem them.

This was when the 7 heroes gathered up. The most amazing part was that when the date of finishing the world of Gaia changes

This should be number one. It has tons of action and is a great story. Easily my favourite.

5 The Battle of the Labyrinth The Battle of the Labyrinth Product Image

Despite The Last Olympian being the perfect ending for a series, this one impressed me more. A last book may be the most entertaining for others, but for me second-to-last books in a series have the power to prepare the reader for the grand finale, having more emotional stuff (for me) and having lots and lots of cool action scenes.

Close one between this and The Titan's Curse. Think both are better than the Last Olympian. I often times don't read the last book.

The Best Book by far by Rick Riordan. Dadaelus was just perfect! People hate on Rachael but she's really good to me!

It's pretty dark for Rick Riordan, which makes it better!

6 The Titan's Curse The Titan's Curse Product Image

Three words: Hunters. Of. Artemis. We also see Thalia, Nico, Bianca, Zoë, Artemis, Aphrodite...I could go on. In my opinion, this is the best Percy Jackson and the Olympians book.

You get to meet the bad ass Thalia. It's so full of adventure. One of Riordan's best books in the Olympians series. I love the part where they are the Dam and they make jokes and how Percy meets Rachel.

The titans curse is awesome full of amazing character like Nico di Angelo, the Hunters of Artemis, and Thalia daughter of Zeus. Honestly the battle of the Labyrinth is my favorite Percy Jackson book but this is a second contender.

All in for Thalia. She's my favorite character out of all the books and is a total awesome badass. The book itself isn't that good but at least it's where the dam joke started.

7 The Son of Neptune The Son of Neptune Product Image

I love this book so much. Percy is there, Nico is there (though not for long), Hazel and Frank! The story is really fun, the characters work well off of each other, and I finally get to see Percy again! Whenever I reread the Heroes of Olympus The Lost Hero always feels like a bit of a slog. I like the book, it's fun, but I'm always trying to kind of get through it and finish it so I can read this one!

The maturity and higher stakes of the Heroes of Olympus seamlessly blended with the image charm of Percy Jackson. How couldn't I adore it?

This was the best book that I have ever read, I love to read fantasy books. I love it! I love it! I love it!

Percy lost his memory. It's so cute that the only thing that he remembers is Annabeth. Did Hera do that by purpose?

8 The Sea of Monsters The Sea of Monsters Product Image

Just too much stuff going on.

I love this book. So much.

9 Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Product Image

This book was just hilarious. The characters, their backstory everything was just great. While reading the book you can almost imagine the characters in here. I have read all the three books and this was the origin story of Magnus Chase. I liked it more than the others. This should be in Top 5. Concept of a talking sword (Jack), who calls Magnus senor was just great. The book had humour also in the intense scenes.

It is more funny and has better stories than the Percy Jackson series...only in my opinion (maybe I am wrong), but really, I love this book. I have read all the three books in this series, in which the all the books are good. The fight scenes are also described more dramatically and has better dialogues. Thank you...

To be honest, this is way too underrated, I loved the book! It gave me butterflies, it made me laugh and and I just love every second of the series, so sad it's only a trilogy, I think we all want to see more though

It took some time to warm up to this new norse gods series but I realized that it was epic. Can't stop reading. Its not the best Rick Riordan book but it's a very great book maybe one of the top 8 in my opinion.

10 The Red Pyramid The Red Pyramid Product Image

This series may not be better as popular or better but was written well, fast paced, and it kept me hooked right till the end of the book. This was probably the one of first Rick Riordan books I'e ever read.It was so awesome and memorable. Can't wait to read it again this Summer as soon as I finish Magnus Chase.

The first time I read this book, I didn't like it as much as I like the others. However, I liked it a lot more once I read it again.

Awesome, the best start to a series. I have to reread because I don't remember a lot.

I love the Kane chronicles
I love Sadie and Carter
Best Moment in the red pyramid: "Somebody get a can-opener. I got a god stuck in my head"

The Contenders
11 The Lost Hero The Lost Hero Product Image

Personally looking at this list I was a bit surprised that the lost hero was voted at no. 10 for most of these because I really enjoyed this book. Jason was cool and all but we all know Percy is better, however I don't think it's fair that some people hate Jason just for that reason. In short, I really enjoyed the start to Heros Of Olympus and the feeling followed all the way through to the end. Great author, great series, great books. More should read.

I liked it because it showed us Piper, Leo, Jason and Festus of course.

Amazing! I love the plot and the mystery

Why isn't this higher on the list?!

12 The Serpent's Shadow The Serpent's Shadow Product Image

I'm only voting for this one because I couldn't find the Crown of Ptolemy.

This is my favorite book

Insanely good, kept a good pace throughout the book to the very end

A great ending.

13 The Ship of the Dead The Ship of the Dead Product Image

The plot is straightforward, the twists and turns are nice. Especially the Magnus and Alex twist.

Really amazing book

14 Trials of Apollo: Tower of Nero Trials of Apollo: Tower of Nero Product Image

SPOILERS! Read the book before you read this comment. Ok, good. Oh my gods, the last two chapters pull your heartstrings so much! The whole character arcs of Lester/Apollo and Meg come to an end. My personal favorite character, The Arrow of Dodona makes the ultimate sacrifice in the final EPIC fight and the arrow talks about how it was kinda 'bullied' in the grove. Which makes it all the more satisfying. It also sets up future adventures with a Chiron, Mimir, Bast crossover and a little Will and Nico adventure

Not out yet, but I can't wait. I'm really excited!

Nero's monologue, man

15 The Throne of Fire The Throne of Fire Product Image

This book is just straight up great despite how a lots of people hate this series! READ IT!

Very awesome book with tons of action!

I don't really know.

This book was fantastic, the entire Kane Chronicles should be the top three

16 The Tyrant's Tomb The Tyrant's Tomb Product Image

Without a doubt, my favorite Rick Riordan book. The action felt so real, Apollo's sadness and regret also jumped out at me, and I really felt the sacrifices. This is one of the few books that made me stare off into the distance for a few minutes after reading it, just awestruck.

Brilliant book with an amazing new character and some sad deaths... if you have not read it, you should do so ASAP.

Tyrants Tomb should be number 1! Rick explains it so good I can imagine it around me!

Just read it quick guys it's the best book (yet).

17 The Hidden Oracle The Hidden Oracle Product Image

HATED THIS BOOK! It felt more like a political statement rather than an actual story. The new characters were annoying and the old ones weren't in it enough to make up for it. Camp was way to depressing in January. There weren't enough meeting with gods for my taste cause I felt like that was one of the best parts of PJO and HoO. The quest didn't go that far. The climax was to weird. It's probably not a good idea to use Nero as the villain for a kids book cause he was bad even for me. There are to many plot holes. And I ship Reynico (Reyna+Nico) not Solangelo (Will Solace+Nico) the quest Reyna and Nico went throw felt like real love, Will only told Nico some doctor orders. I haven't even bothered to read the next one cause I hated the first one so much.

The Trials of Apollo contains the best character development I've ever seen in one of Rick Riordan's novels�"and I've read every one of his books pertaining to mythology. Never before have reader been privy to the thoughts and feelings of a god�"ironically, Apollo seems to make a more realistic human than the majority of the mortal characters. As a former god, he certainly isn't stupid; yet he is also very self-focused and makes self preservation one of big priorities (well, at least for the first two books). At the same time, he has deep-routed insecurities that stem from his past. This makes him stand out from many of riordan's other protagonists, which, to me, ironically makes him one of the more "human" characters. Additionally, character motives, flaws, and personalities in this series make more sense than in any previous book. (I'm referring to both new and preexisting chracters). Like millions of other people, Percy Jackson hold a very special place in my heart, and has ...more

The trials of Apollo is and amazing book about an awesome adventure about a god who has been turning into a human and how he deals with the mortal world. There are a ton of characters coming back such as Percy Jackson and Nico di Angelo Plus a few more I wont spoil. I heavily recommend this amazing book and give it a 10/10

It feels like a fresher start, the humor is great, Apollo is a strong and interesting main character, the single point of view is back and the villain has a lot of potential.

18 The Blood of Olympus The Blood of Olympus Product Image

This is the best book I've ever known, with a lot of twist and turns, the plot is so awesome. I'm do sad when I know that this is the last book from the heroes of olympus series.

The best in the HoO series! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE PJO! But this series has Leo...and he comes back from the dead in the end! and the beginning of Solangelo! And Nike! And popcorn! And Nico agreeing to stay at CHB...what's not to love?

This book sucked horribly. Huge PJO fan, but rick really dropped the ball with this one...

I think this book should be higher.

19 The Burning Maze The Burning Maze Product Image

Had an amazing plot with awesome characters and a villain terrible enough to kill one of the book's main characters. So sad...

Good book, it's the best cause Jason dies. He was always my least favorite character... and the weakest.

Such an awesome book but it is so sad. I can't wait for the Tyrant's Tomb!

Great book with so many awesome characters!

20 Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2 The Hammer of Thor Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2 The Hammer of Thor Product Image
21 Sword of Summer Sword of Summer Product Image

I found the Sword of Summer more appealing to me than The Lightning Thief, as a start to a series. Magnus is my second favorite Rick Riordan character, the first being Alex, the third being Percy. I loved the book so much! 10/10

A great series in all because it brought new characters to the game.
It is just sad how it ended too quickly, if you ask me, it should've been more than just a trilogy.

It had lots of jokes and made you want to learn more.

This was really funny.

22 Trials of Apollo Dark Prophecy Trials of Apollo Dark Prophecy Product Image

Honestly Riordon keeps getting better. I was originally going to vote for House Of Hades, Last Olympian or Ship Of The Dead but this is the best. The humour and action are excellent and Riordan's use of them keeps improving. The characters are great particularly Lit and Apollo both of whom undergo serious character development. This book also gave is Riordan's best villain since Luke Castellan. Menacing, sympathetic, charismatic and focused entirely on destruction Commodus is one hell of a villain. I enjoyed Nero but Commodus is far better. So far I'm really enjoying Riordan's villain emperor team up and the final emperor of the trio is getting a lot of hype which I hope he lives up to. Riordan is my all time favourite Author.

This book is very interesting!

I really liked it

23 Percy Jackson's Greek Gods Percy Jackson's Greek Gods Product Image

Percy narrating all the greek gods, both complementing, and insulting them. It's one of the books not to be missed

24 Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes Product Image

Another Percy Jackson narration. A son of Posiedon named after a son of Zeus. Who knew?

25 Demigods and Magicians Demigods and Magicians Product Image

Really fun book. I love to see the different worlds intersect and these characters I love come together and interact. It's always fun. Frankly, I hope more demigod/magician stories come out, because they're awesome!

Great story about Percy and Annabeth meeting the Kane siblings, Carter and Sadie. A powerful story by Rick!

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