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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.

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. 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 both focusing on Korean mythology.

The imprint hopes to publish 4 books per year. Currently, 2 books were released in 2018, and 5 have been planned in 2019, as well as 6 in 2020 and 4 in 2021.

Series and Stand-Alone Books

Pandava Quartet by Roshani Chokshi (Hindu Mythology)

Storm Runner series by Jennifer Cervantes (Mayan and Aztec Mythology)

Sal & Gabi series by Carlos Hernandez (Cuban Mythology)

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

Paola Santiago series by Tehlor Kay Mejia (Mexican Mythology) 

Stand-alone novels

References to Rick Riordan's Work

Pandava Quartet

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.

Storm Runner series

The Storm Runner

Sal & Gabi series

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.

Stand-alone novels

Dragon Pearl

Gallery

Pandava Quartet

Storm Runner series

Sal & Gabi series

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 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.[3]
  • For each release of a book under the imprint, ReadRiordan releases artwork for three or four of the main and/or major characters.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Disney announces new Rick Riordan Imprint Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 6 November 2017
  2. https://twitter.com/jencerv/status/1098601345261715458
  3. Rick Riordan - the author. Friday Magazine. May 2017.
Rick Riordan Presents
Pandava Quartet: Aru Shah and the End of Time | Aru Shah and the Song of Death | Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes
Storm Runner series: The Storm Runner | The Fire Keeper | The Shadow Crosser
Sal & Gabi series: Sal & Gabi Break the Universe | Sal & Gabi Fix the Universe
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 | City of the Plague God | The Last Fallen Star
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