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The Tower of Nero is the fifth and final book in The Trials of Apollo series and, as of now, the last main series book in the Camp Half-Blood Series. It is set to be released on October 6, 2020.

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Development

On February 14, 2020, hypable.com published the exclusive first two chapters from the book. Currently, the cover art for the book on iTunes and Google Play is a blue cover with the release date in the bottom right hand corner. There is currently no sample on iTunes on Apple Books, but there will be as soon as Rick wants there to be. Rick Riordan is kindly requested by everyone to change the cover art on Google play and iTunes to the actual cover art on his website. Also, he is requested to change the release date so no one will get their hopes up but have to wait a week. Finally, he is requested to give us a sample and a synopsis on Apple Books. We now know that Robby Daymond will narrate the audio book. It was updated on July 5th, 2020.[1]

Synopsis

At last, the breath taking, action packed-finale of the #1 bestselling Trials of Apollo is here!

Will the Greek God Apollo, cast down to earth in the pathetic mortal form of Lester Papadopolous, finally regain his place on Mount Olympus? Lester’s demigod friends at Camp Jupiter just helped him survive attacks from blood thirsty ghouls, an evil Roman king and his army of the undead, and the lethal emperors Caligula and Commodus. Now the former god and his demigod master Meg must follow a prophecy uncovered by Ella the harpy. Lester‘s final challenge will be at the Tower of Nero, back in New York. Will Meg have a last showdown with her father? Will this helpless form of Apollo face his arch nemesis, Python? Who will be on hand at Camp Half-Blood to assist? These questions and more will be answered in this book that all demigods are eagerly awaiting.

Plot

Reunion on a Train

Apollo and Meg McCaffrey are in the quiet car of an Amtrak pulling out of Union Station in Washington, D.C. to head to New York City. Apollo sees an Amphisbaena, a snake with a head on each end, get on and stares at them. He tries to tell Meg about it, but she shushes him. After the amphisbaena is still on when they reach Philadelphia, he goes over under the guise of using the bathroom and when he gets close it grabs him and recites the next part of the terza rima prophecy they received from Tyson and Ella.

The son of Hades, cavern-runners’ friend,

Must show the secret way unto the throne.

On Nero’s own your lives do now depend.

After doing so, it snaps out of a trance and is shot with an arrow and killed. Apollo turns around to see a Germani, Gunther, and a Gaul with Meg at sword point. Meg and the Gaul, Luguselwa, are revealed to know one another.

They are taken to the concessions car where another half dozen Germani are waiting and put in a booth. However before entering, Lu tells Apollo and Meg to use the bathroom when they enter New York. Lu explains Nero used the oracle of Delphi to see when they would reach the city and put teams on every train station, bus station, and airport to catch them when they do. As they cross the state line, Lu escorts them to the bathroom, revealing that she is helping them to escape. Lu and Meg fight in a mock duel to show the Germani that they are still rivals, when the truth is something else. Meanwhile, Apollo holds the door of the cabin shut, and with his newly acquired bow from Camp Jupiter, manages to disconnect the cabin they jumped into from the Germani's.

Characters

Chapter List

  1. Two-headed snake dude/Jamming up my quiet ride/Also, Meg’s shoes stink
  2. Pastries for dinner?/ Your fave Lester could never/Got to pee. Later.

Trivia

  • This is the only book in The Trials of Apollo series to have “of” in the title.
    • This is also the only book in The Trials of Apollo to have more than three words in its title.
  • Apollo comments on the existence of Celtic Gods in the second chapter.
  • The book was originally stated to be released on September 29th, 2020, but was moved back a week to October 6th, 2020.

References

The Trials of Apollo
Core Series: The Hidden Oracle | The Dark Prophecy | The Burning Maze | The Tyrant's Tomb | The Tower of Nero
Main Characters: Apollo/Lester Papadopolous | Meg McCaffrey | Peaches | Leo Valdez | Calypso | Grover Underwood | Piper McLean | Reyna Ramírez-Arellano | Frank Zhang | Hazel Levesque
Secondary Characters: Percy Jackson | Nico di Angelo | Will Solace | Chiron | Austin Lake | Kayla Knowles | Hemithea | Josephine | Georgina | Lityerses | Trophonius | Gleeson Hedge | Mellie Hedge | Chuck Hedge | Medea | Jason Grace | Herophile | Lavinia Asimov | Don | Tyson | Ella | Tarquin | Claudia | Janice | Blaise
Minor Characters: Sally Jackson | Rachel Elizabeth Dare | Thalia Grace | Mrs. O'Leary | Festus | Cade | Mikey | Harley | Connor Stoll | Miranda Gardiner | Cecil Markowitz | Ellis Wakefield | Sherman Yang | Damien White | Malcolm Pace | Paolo Montes | Valentina Diaz | Germani | Agamethus | Olujime | Phillip McCaffrey | Hunter Kowalski | Sssssarah | Prickly Pear | Aloe Vera | Joshua | Naevius Sutorius Macro | Incitatus | Crest | Tristan McLean | Bombilo | Aurum | Argentum | Julia | Jacob | Poison Oak | Elon | Mamurius Veturius | Mimi
Olympian Gods (Greek & Roman): Zeus/Jupiter | Hera/Juno | Poseidon/Neptune | Demeter/Ceres | Ares/Mars | Athena/Minerva | Apollo/Apollo (Roman) | Artemis/Diana | Hephaestus/Vulcan | Aphrodite/Venus | Hermes/Mercury | Dionysus/Bacchus | Hades/Pluto
Minor Gods: Nero | Commodus | Caligula | Iris | Britomartis | Styx | Terminus | Lupa | Terpsichore | Harpocrates | Cardea
Titans: Rhea | Leto | Mnemosyne | Helios
Monsters and Magical Creatures: Python | Nosoi | Karpoi | Palikos | Myrmeke | Colossus Neronis | Blemmyae | Gryphon | Carthaginian Serpent | Scythian Dracaena | Cynocephali | Centaur | Cyclops | Yale | Satyr/Faun | Strix | Dryad | Dragon | Pandai | Eurynomos | Skeleton Warriors | Zombie | Raven | Amphisbaena
Related Content: Rick Riordan | Percy Jackson and the Olympians | The Heroes of Olympus | Demigods & Magicians | Camp Half-Blood Confidential | Camp Jupiter Classified: A Probatio’s Journal | Percy Jackson Demigod Collection

Start a Discussion Discussions about The Tower of Nero

  • Nico di Angelo

    2 messages
    • As we know, Hades said he wanted Nico to be a exception to the stereotypical lives of children of Hades, wanting him to be happy. BUT. Rick...
    • Who knows, maybe he will, maybe he won’t, it’s to early to tell.
  • Will Jason's soul appear in the Tower of Nero?

    32 messages
    • I personally like the idea of the gods resurrecting Jason from the dead or making him a god for his heroism and maybe his sacrifice.
    • yes that sounds cool
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