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Rick Riordan Presents is an imprint series within Disney Publishing Worldwide. The series features books that are connected to ancient myths in the modern day, much like Rick Riordan's books, with a few exceptions.

Riordan had confirmed that the books were set in a distinct universe from his and he merely edited the books and wrote the introduction, for which he was paid a nominal fee by Disney. The series allows other authors to explore their cultural myths in the modern day and aims to bring them to the attention of Riordan's audience by being associated with his name.

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Development

Rick Riordan was initially approached by Disney to create his own imprint series, which would be an extension of his Percy Jackson universe.[1] The author, who was writing on a deadline at the time, was too busy to consider the idea and did not respond.[1]

After giving thought to the matter, he later reported that he agreed with the creation of an imprint series, however, it would not be an extension of his world, instead, the imprint's primary purpose would be to bring other aspiring writers to the attention of Riordan's audience by using his brand name.[1]

Selection Criteria

All the books in the imprint series are children's books that focus on mythology in the modern age, with a few exceptions. All submissions to Rick Riordan Presents are made through literary agents and sent to the attention of Stephanie Lurie, Riordan's editor. The final decision will be taken by Riordan, who will review proposals and manuscripts and also serve as editor for the acquired projects. The books and the authors will also be promoted by Riordan through his social media accounts and appearances.

Books by different authors can focus on the same mythology, such as Yoon Ha Lee’s Dragon Pearl and Graci Kim‘s The Last Fallen Star, which are both centred on Korean mythology.

The imprint hopes to publish four books per year. Two books were released in 2018, five were published in 2019, three out of six planned books for 2020 have been published, six are planned for 2021, and two in 2022.

Series and Stand-Alone Novels

Pandava Quintet by Roshani Chokshi (Hindu Mythology)

Storm Runner Trilogy by Jennifer C. Cervantes (Mayan and Aztec Mythology)

Throne of Sand Duology by Jennifer C. Cervantes (Aztec Mythology, spinoff of Storm Runner Trilogy)

Sal & Gabi Duology by Carlos Hernandez (Cuban Mythology)

Tristan Strong series by Kwame Mbalia (West African/African American Mythology)

Paola Santiago series by Tehlor Kay Mejia (Mexican Mythology) 

Serwa Boateng series by Roseanne A. Brown (Ghanaian Mythology)

Stand-alone Novels

References to Rick Riordan's Work

Pandava Quintet

Aru Shah and the End of Time

Aru Shah and the Song of Death

  • Agni told the Pandavas that good things happen to bad people. An example of this is Minos who became a judge of the dead despite all the bad things he had done.
  • The plot of the book is similar to the plot of The Lightning Thief.

Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes

Storm Runner Trilogy

The Storm Runner

The Fire Keeper

  • When Hondo Obispo mentioned Midas, Quinn said that the Greeks had nothing on the Maya. The latter were the first engineers, architects, and astronomers and they developed one of the most accurate calendar systems in human history. Zane awkwardly decided not to mention the Greeks anymore.
  • Ixtab explained that the Mexica Gods went extinct after Hernán Cortés conquered the Mexica Empire. This is similar to what Apollo said about Emperor Theodosius evicting the Olympian gods by closing all the temples. Coincidentally, both Cortés and Theodosius converted the people to Christianity.

Sal & Gabi Duology

Sal & Gabi Break the Universe

  • During Adam Hoag’s wedgie documentary, Sal Vidon described one types of Wedgie as “the Perseus wedgie”, a wedgie mimicking the son of Zeus‘ decapitation of Medusa. This could refer to both Perseus and Percy Jackson, who both decapitated Medusa.
  • When Sal and Principal Torres were playing around the cafeteria with bauta masks, they refer to each other as demigods.

Sal & Gabi Fix the Universe

  • Although not a reference to Rick Riordan's work, Sal mentions having read Aru Shah and the End of Time.

Tristan Strong series

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky

Paola Santiago series

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears

Stand-alone novels

Dragon Pearl

Race to the Sun

Gallery

Pandava Quintet

Storm Runner Trilogy

Sal & Gabi Duology

Tristan Strong series

Paola Santiago series

Stand-alone novels

Trivia

  • Rick Riordan Presents titles cover genres outside the Urban Fantasy of the Rick Riordan's main series: Dragon Pearl is a Space Opera and Sal and Gabi duolo igys Sci-Fi.
  • Riordan had once joked that he chose the first three authors of the series for three different reasons: Roshani Chokshi for his fans, who always asked him about stories based on Hindu mythology; Jennifer Cervantes, because her children loved his books; and Yoon Ha Lee because Riordan found a kindred spirit in him.[2]
  • For each release of a book under the imprint, ReadRiordan releases artwork for three or four of the main and/or major characters.
  • Despite saying that Rick Riordan Presents will focus on other mythologies, some titles use the myths, folklore and culture more as backgrounds for the main story.
    • Dragon Pearl is set in a world where there is presumably no Earth, and never mentions any specific Korean myths. Instead, it transplants traditional Korean creatures and concepts into space, taking into consideration how that would affect them.
    • Sal & Gabi Break the Universe doesn't talk much about Cuban folklore besides the giant Sal mentions seeing when he relaxes, who granted him his wish, focusing mainly on the culture.
    • While Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky has characters from African and African-American folklore, it also has creatures and places made in an allegorical manner. For example, the Bone Ships represent slave ships and fetterlings represent the shackles used to keep slaves in bondage.
  • Rick Riordan writes an introduction at the start of every stand-alone book and the first book in a new series.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Disney announces new Rick Riordan Imprint Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 6 November 2017
  2. Rick Riordan - the author. Friday Magazine. May 2017.
Rick Riordan Presents
Pandava Quintet: Aru Shah and the End of Time | Aru Shah and the Song of Death | Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes | Aru Shah and the City of Gold
Storm Runner Trilogy: The Storm Runner | The Fire Keeper | The Shadow Crosser
Throne of Sand Duology: Throne of Sand
Sal & Gabi series: Sal & Gabi Break the Universe | Sal & Gabi Fix the Universe
Tristan Strong series: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky | Tristan Strong Destroys the World
Paola Santiago series: Paola Santiago and the River of Tears
Serwa Boateng series: Serwa Boateng’s Guide to Vampire Hunting
Stand Alone Novels: Dragon Pearl | Race to the Sun | City of the Plague God | The Last Fallen Star

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