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- This article is about the book. For the actual tower, see Nero's Tower.
Reunion on a Train
Apollo and Meg 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 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 and Lu escorts them to the bathroom, she and the daughter of Demeter have a mock fight as Apollo holds the doors shut. Then, on Lu’s orders, unhooks the cars, the car slows to a halt.
- Meg McCaffrey
- Nico di Angelo
- Will Solace
- Rachel Elizabeth Dare
- Kayla Knowles
- Austin Lake
- 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.