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.
Rick Riordan was initially approached by Disney to create his own imprint series, which would be an extension of his Percy Jackson universe. The author, who was writing on a deadline at the time, was too busy to consider the idea and did not respond.
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.
All the books in the imprint series are children's books that focus on mythology in the modern age. 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.
The imprint hopes to publish four books per year. Two books were released in 2018, five were published in 2019, six are planned for 2020 and four in 2021.
Series and Stand-Alone Novels
Pandava Quintet by Roshani Chokshi (Hindu Mythology)
- Aru Shah and the End of Time (March 27, 2018)
- Aru Shah and the Song of Death (April 16, 2019)
- Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes (April 7, 2020)
- Aru Shah and the City of Gold (April 2021)
- Untitled fifth book (April 2022)
Storm Runner Trilogy by Jennifer Cervantes (Mayan and Aztec Mythology)
- The Storm Runner (September 18, 2018)
- The Fire Keeper (September 3, 2019)
- The Shadow Crosser (September 1, 2020)
- Storm Runner spin-off series
Sal & Gabi series by Carlos Hernandez (Cuban Mythology)
Tristan Strong series by Kwame Mbalia (West African/African American Mythology)
- Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (October 15, 2019)
- Tristan Strong Destroys the World (October 6, 2020)
- untitled third book (Fall 2021)
Paola Santiago series by Tehlor Kay Mejia (Mexican Mythology)
- Paola Santiago and the River of Tears (August 4th, 2020)
- Untitled sequel (May 2021)
- Dragon Pearl (January 15, 2019) by Yoon Ha Lee (Korean Mythology)
- Race to the Sun (January 14, 2020) by Rebecca Roanhorse (Navajo Mythology)
- City of the Plague God (January 5, 2021) by Sarwat Chadda (Mesopotamian Mythology)
- The Last Fallen Star (spring/summer 2021) by Graci Kim (Korean Mythology)
References to Rick Riordan's Work
- When first going into the Night Bazaar, Aru Shah said "Dude, these are my feet. It’s not like I’m hiding cloven hooves." This is a nod to Grover Underwood who hides his Satyr hooves with fake feet.
- When entering Karma & Sins in the Kingdom of Death, Mini mentioned Egyptian Mythology when Aru mentions a hippo that chomps on people.
- 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.
- The electric daggers of the Maruts are similar to the Electric Spears used by Clarisse La Rue in the Camp Half-Blood series.
- The Sacred Oath of the Mayan Gods is similar to the Oath of the Big Three.
- When Zane Obispo, Brooks and Hondo Obispo talk to Jazz in his shop, Hondo mentioned they are looking for gods "who ride motorcycles." This alludes to Ares.
- Later on in the book, Nakon, the Mayan war god, is shown dressed as a biker which Zane called cliché.
- At the end of the book, Zane Obispo was shown writing the actual book. This is similar to what Carter and Sadie Kane did in The Kane Chronicles.
- 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.
- 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.
- Although not a reference to Rick Riordan's work, Sal mentions having read Aru Shah and the End of Time
- The Thicket’s ability to adapt to fit a growing number of occupations is similar to the way the Waystation works.
- The way the African American Gods became gods is similar to how Nero, Commodus, and Caligula became gods.
- High John’s axe has the ability to fight on its own, similar to Sumarbrander.
- Mac Begay using his power over water to defend himself against Adrien Cuttlebush is similar to what Percy Jackson did with Clarisse La Rue in The Lightning Thief.
- When he, Nizhoni, and Davery set out to undertake their trials as they get to the House of the Sun, Mac wonders if they will have to face a Sphinx.
- When at the third trial, the prom of thorns, the prom attendants try to get Nizhoni and Davery to stay at the prom, similar to the Lotus Eaters at the Lotus Hotel and Casino.
- 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 Break the Universe is 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.
- 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, 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.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Disney announces new Rick Riordan Imprint Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 6 November 2017
- ↑ Rick Riordan - the author. Friday Magazine. May 2017.