Rick Riordan has largely become “the guy” when it comes to mythology-driven storytelling in our modern era, so much so that he even created an imprint for mythology-inspired middle-grade novels.
So I decided to do a complete read-through of his work, along with those in his imprint, and needed a list to follow, so here it is!
Also, be sure to check out all of our other Mythology Book Lists like this one.
What’s on this List of Rick Riordan Books in Order?
This list consists primarily of all of Rick Riordan’s mythology-based books (he has a few that I’m not including here).
Additionally, this list includes all of the books from his imprint: Rick Riordan Presents.
While these extra books are not canon to his Percy Jackson universe, they are very much in the same spirit, and provide a more diverse look at other mythologies besides Greek, Egyptian, and Norse that we are all familiar with.
Rick Riordan Books by Release Order
The following is a list of all the Rick Riordan books (and Rick Riordan Presents books), in the order of release. You can also filter this table by Mythology type, sort by author name, and more. Enjoy!
Rick Riordan Books in Chronological Order
When you put them all together, these books follow a rough chronology. Thankfully, you don’t have to split up the series too much, you can read each one (again, roughly) as it was released, like so:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
- The Lightning Thief (2005)
- The Sea of Monsters (2006)
- The Titan’s Curse (2007)
- The Battle of the Labyrinth (2008)
- The Last Olympian (2008)
- Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo (2017)
- The Red Pyramid (2010)
- The Throne of Fire (2011)
- The Serpent’s Shadow (2012)
- Brooklyn House Magician’s Manual (2018)
Percy Jackson & Kane Chronicles Crossover
- The Son of Sobek (2013)
- The Staff of Serapis (2014)
- The Crown of Ptolemy (2015)
Heroes of Olympus
- The Lost Hero (2010)
- The Son of Neptune (2011)
- The Mark of Athena (2012)
- The House of Hades (2013)
- The Blood of Olympus (2014)
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
- The Sword of Summer (2015)
- The Hammer of Thor (2016)
- The Ship of the Dead (2017)
- Hotel Valhalla Guide to the Norse Worlds (2016)
- 9 From the Nine Worlds (2018)
Trials of Apollo
- The Hidden Oracle (2014)
- The Dark Prophecy (2017)
- The Tyrant’s Tomb (2019)
- The Tower of Nero (2020)
- Camp Jupiter Classified (2020)
The Companion Books
Additionally, there are a number of really awesome companion books, some of which tell the stories of mythology from the perspective of Percy Jackson characters, and others that are bundles of short stories.
- The Demigod Files (2009): This is a bunch of short stories, and takes place around book 5 of the Olympians series.
- The Demigod Diaries (2012): Another set of short stories, one prequel and two others set before The Mark of Athena.
- Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods (2014): A really fun companion book where Percy Jackson tells us the story of the Greek Gods from his perspective.
- Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes (2015): Like the previous book, this is Percy Jackson’s own rendition of the Greek Myths.
- Demigods and Magicians (2016): A collection of the three crossover stories between Percy Jackson and the Kane Chronicles.
- Hotel Valhalla Guide to the Norse Worlds (2016): This is a guide to Norse Mythology and ties in directly to the Magnum Chase series.
- Camp Half-Blood Confidential (2017): A tie-in companion book to the Trials of Apollo series.
- Brooklyn House Magician’s Manual (2018): A companion book to the Kane Chronicles.
- 9 From the Nine Worlds (2018): 9 short stories that tie into the Magnum Chase series.
- Camp Jupiter Classified (2020): Another tie-in companion piece to the Trials of Apollos series.
Rick Riordan Presents
You may notice on the table above that I’ve included more books than just those written by Rick Riordan. That’s because he has created an imprint for other authors to write middle-grade novels based on mythology.
Note: These are not canon to the Percy Jackson universe, but if you like Percy Jackson, and want a more diverse exposure to mythologies beyond Greek, Egyptian, and Norse, then you will love these.
As someone who loves to learn about mythologies from all over the world, I am in love with these books. They include the following series:
Pandava Quintet (Hindu Mythology)
- Aru Shah and the End of Time (2018)
- Aru Shah and the Song of Death (2019)
- Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes (2020)
- Aru Shah and the City of Gold (2021)
- Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality (2022)
Storm Runner Trilogy (Maya Mythology)
- The Storm Runner (2018)
- The Fire Keeper (2019)
- The Shadow Crosser (2020)
Thousand Worlds (Korean Mythology)
- Dragon Pearl (2019)
Sal and Gabi Duology (Cuban Mythology)
- Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (2019)
- Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe (2020)
Tristan Strong (African-American Mythology)
- Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (2019)
- Tristan Strong Destroys the World (2020)
- Tristan Strong Keeps Punching (2021)
Paola Santiago (Mexican Mythology)
- Paola Santiago and the River of Tears (2020)
- Paola Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares (2021)
The Gifted Clans (Korean Mythology)
- The Last Fallen Star (2021)
- The Last Fallen Moon (2022)
Throne of Sand (Maya Mythology)
- The Throne of Sand (2022)
- Race to the Sun (2020) (Navajo Mythology)
- City of the Plague God (2021) (Mesopotamian Mythology)
- Pahua and the Soul Stealer (2021) (Hmong Mythology)
- The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities (2021) (Various Mythologies)
My Rick Riordan Readthrough
As of the start of this writing (July, 2022), I am commencing a huge Rick Riordan readthrough. As a mythologically-inspired fantasy author myself, I want to be very familiar with books like these, so I am using the table above, starting at the beginning, and working my way through each one, including Rick Riordan Presents.
I will post a brief review of each one below. Check back for more updates.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
The Lightning Thief (2005)
Brief summary: Percy Jackson discovers that he is a demi-god and has to run off to Camp Half-blood before evil forces kill him. But he may have bitten off more than he can chew when he is assigned a quest.
- Plot: 7/10 – Nothing overly fancy but an enjoyable sequence of events that works well for a middle-grade novel.
- Character: 7/10 – Percy Jackson’s narration is delightful, though I found some of the other characters to be a bit boring. None of them were nearly as interesting as Percy.
- Worldbuilding: 8/10 – The setting is great, mostly for the adaptation of mythological elements into every-day locations and settings.
- Mythology Usage: 10/10 – This is the book series that got kids interested in Greek Mythology again, and Rick Riordan really knows his stuff. He’s put all those pieces together into something that kids will love and really teaches the subject matter.
- Tone: 9/10 – I loved the first-person narration from Percy. His voice comes through perfectly, and it’s a highly engaging tone, especially if you’re a middle-grade reader.
Overall: 8.2/10 – Not the best of Rick Riordan’s work, but almost. It’s definitely one of the best middle-grade books around, especially if you’re into mythology.
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