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 

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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.

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The Sea of Monsters

The second book, The Sea of Monsters, finds Percy and his friends on a quest to save Grover, who has been captured by a cyclops. They must also find the Golden Fleece, a magical artifact with the power to save Camp Half-Blood from being attacked by the titan’s army. Fans will appreciate visiting this Greek site related to this book.

The Titan's Curse

In The Titan's Curse, Percy and four others are tasked with rescuing Annabeth and the goddess Artemis, who have been captured by the titans. This book introduces new characters, including a group of immortal girls called the Hunters of Artemis, who must partner with campers from Camp Half-Blood on this dangerous quest.

The Battle of the Labyrinth

The fourth book, The Battle of the Labyrinth, sees Percy and his friends enter the mythical Labyrinth, an ever-changing network of tunnels beneath the earth created by the inventor Daedalus. Their goal is to find a way to navigate the maze to prevent the titan Kronos and his army from using it to invade Camp Half-Blood. Along the way, they face treacherous traps, monstrous foes, and the challenge of navigating a maze that constantly shifts and changes. Visit Crete with Greek Mythology Tours to see the origins of Daedalus’s Labyrinth.

The Last Olympian 

The series reaches its original climax in The Last Olympian, as the battle unfolds between the gods of Olympus and the forces of darkness led by the titan Kronos. Percy and his friends must make a final stand to protect Mount Olympus and save the world from destruction. Throughout the series, Percy learns more about his powers, his heritage, and the importance of trust and friendship, all while facing dangerous challenges and mythical monsters that bring Greek mythology to life.

The Chalice of the Gods 

This book is set after the Heroes of Olympus series, but brings back Percy as a narrator and the original trio of Percy, Grover, and Annabeth. The Chalice of the Gods follows Percy as a high school senior where he and his friends try to gather recommendation letters from gods so that Percy can get into New Rome University, the college at the Roman camp. Ganymede, the cupbearer of the gods, has lost his chalice and the trio must find it to get Percy’s first recommendation letter. 

Wrath of the Triple Goddess

Set to be published September 24th, 2024, Wrath of the Triple Goddess will follow The Chalice of the Gods and tell the story of Percy’s quest to earn a recommendation letter from the goddess Hecate. Percy, Grover, and Annabeth must pet-sit Hecate’s dangerous magical pets in her New York City mansion while the goddess is away. Riordan has plans to publish another book after this one, but has not yet released the title.

Expanded Percy Jackson Universe

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After his success with Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Riordan decided to continue the story. “The deeper you go into mythology, the more you find. After writing five Percy Jackson books, I was sure I’d pretty much exhausted Greek mythology. Wrong!” the author said in a keynote address in 2013

The Heroes of Olympus Series

The Heroes of Olympus series is set a few months after The Last Olympian. It follows a new set of demigods that includes Percy and Annabeth, and other characters from the original series make appearances as well. The series introduces a Roman camp for demigods, who must work with the Greek demigods from Camp Half-Blood to defeat a new threat — the giants that challenge the gods in Greek mythology. This series features five main books, starting with The Lost Hero and ending with The Blood of Olympus.

The Trials of Apollo Series

The Trials of Apollo series is another addition to the universe, set six months after The Blood of Olympus. In this five book series, Zeus punishes the god Apollo by turning him into a teenage boy named Lester Papadopoulos. In his mortal form, he must embark on a journey to regain his godly status and defeat a new threat to the world. The Trials of Apollo introduces new characters, but many characters from the previous two series are featured prominently as well.

Stand-Alone Books And Companion Books 

The expanded universe also offers many companion books, such as The Demigod Files and The Demigod Diaries, which provide additional stories and insight into the characters and events in the main series. These books allow readers to dive deeper into the mythology and universe. Riordan also published a standalone novel about Nico di Angelo called The Sun and the Star, set after The Trials of Apollo.

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Percy Jackson Spin-Offs and Related Series

After the success of the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series, Rick Riordan expanded his world of magical myths with two additional book series related to different mythologies. These spin-offs are The Kane Chronicles and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard.

The Kane Chronicles  

In The Kane Chronicles, a new mythological universe is explored, delving into the magical world of Egyptian gods and magicians. The series revolves around two siblings, Carter and Sadie Kane, who are powerful magicians and descended from a magical bloodline. This series spans three books, starting with The Red Pyramid and ending with The Serpent's Shadow. Rick Riordan has written two crossover stories - The Son of Sobek and The Staff of Serapis - that merge The Kane Chronicles and the world of Percy Jackson.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard 

The Norse-inspired Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series follows Magnus Chase, a demigod descendant of Norse gods. These books contain a blend of ancient Norse myth and modern-day adventure, with three main books in the series: The Sword of Summer, The Hammer of Thor, and The Ship of the Dead. Magnus and Annabeth from the Percy Jackson books are cousins on their mortal parents’ side, and Annabeth makes brief appearances in all three books.


The Percy Jackson universe doesn't stop with novels. Riordan's work has spawned a series of graphic novels that retrace the events of the original books but with stunning visuals, as well as an illustrated version of The Lightning Thief. A movie adaptation of “The Lightning Thief” released in 2010 and a movie based on The Sea of Monsters in 2013. The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical was introduced in 2014 in New York City and has been performed all over the United States. A television series on Disney+ aired in December 2023 based on The Lightning Thief, with hopes of more seasons.

Lastly, for those interested in exploring the real-life locations related to Greek mythology, the Greek Mythology Tours website offers travel ideas for Percy Jackson fans who want to visit Greece and immerse themselves in the rich history of this ancient civilization that inspired Rick Riordan.

A List of Rick Riordan’s novels for young readers

Not including graphic novels, companion novellas or collections of stories

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

  1. The Lightning Thief
  2. The Sea of Monsters
  3. The Titan's Curse
  4. The Battle of the Labyrinth
  5. The Last Olympian
  6. The Chalice of the Gods
  7. Wrath of the Triple Goddess
  8. Untitled book 8

The Heroes of Olympus

  1. The Lost Hero
  2. The Son of Neptune
  3. The Mark of Athena
  4. The House of Hades
  5. The Blood of Olympus

The Trials of Apollo

  1. The Hidden Oracle
  2. The Dark Prophecy
  3. The Burning Maze
  4. The Tyrant’s Tomb
  5. The Tower of Nero

The Kane Chronicles

  1. The Red Pyramid
  2. The Throne of Fire
  3. The Serpent’s Shadow

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

  1. The Sword of Summer
  2. The Hammer of Thor
  3. The Ship of the Dead

Stand-alone Novels

  1. Daughter of the Deep
  2. The Sun and the Star


How many books are in the 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' series?

There are five books in the original Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, but Rick Riordan has since announced plans for three more. Riordan gives readers the option to add these to the original series — “I have tried to write it with a variety of different readers in mind… if you like the five-book series to stand by itself in your memory, that’s fine! I get it.”

Do I need to read the Percy Jackson books in a specific order?

Yes, to avoid spoilers, it is recommended to read the first five books, then Heroes of Olympus. These two series should be completed before reading Trials of Apollo or the trilogy beginning with Chalice of the Gods. The Kane Chronicles and Magnus Chase are largely independent of the Percy Jackson books so can be read separately, but still in order within each individual series.

Who is the author of the Percy Jackson series? 

Rick Riordan is the author of the Percy Jackson series. He is also known for his work on The Heroes of Olympus, The Kane Chronicles, The Trials of Apollo, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard.

In what genre are the Percy Jackson books?

The Percy Jackson books fall under the middle grade fantasy and adventure genre. The series focuses on Greek mythology, and includes elements of action, humor, and drama.

Are there movies adapted from the Percy Jackson books?

Two movies were adapted from the Percy Jackson books: The Lightning Thief (2010) and The Sea of Monsters (2013). These movies, however, were not well-received by fans due to the numerous changes and omissions from the source material. As a result, a TV series adaptation aired in December 2023, to overall better reviews.