THE RIORDAN-VERSE READING ORDER | FROM PERCY JACKSON TO THE TRIALS OF APOLLO + COMPANION NOVELS | Series Order? Chronological? Pub Order? Where To Start!

The RiordanVerse Special – Tales from the Fandom

Hey guys, welcome back to my blog! Everyone is talking about Percy Jackson at the moment because of the news about the Disney+ series! + May even recently created a non-spoiler book tag based on the characters in the PJO/HoO series! I’m also currently in the midst of re-reading Rick Riordan’s mythological series with my friend Destiny! I

Anywayyy, so because of the exciting news about the show, I’ve seen a lot of people getting back into the Riordan-Verse and asking how to read all the books. So, I figured since I have read all but the last couple of books in the Trials of Apollo series, why not help everyone out and let y’all know how you can dive into Riordan’s series without getting confused!

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)
The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)

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Percy Jackson and The Olympians

  • [#1] The Lightning Thief (2005)
  • [#2] The Sea of Monsters (2006)
  • [#3] The Titan’s Curse (2007)
  • [#4] The Battle of The Labyrinth (2008)
  • [#5] The Last Olympian (2009)
The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)
The Son of Neptune  (The Heroes of Olympus, #2)
The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, #3)
The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4)
The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)

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The Heroes of Olympus

  • [#1] The Lost Hero (2010)
  • [#2] The Son of Neptune (2011)
  • [#3] The Mark of Athena (2012)
  • [#4] The House of Hades (2013)
  • [#5] The Blood of Olympus (2014)
The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1)
The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles, #2)
The Serpent's Shadow (Kane Chronicles, #3)

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The Kane Chronicles

  • [#1] The Red Pyramid (2010)
  • [#2] The Throne of Fire (2011)
  • [#3] The Serpent’s Shadow (2012)
The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)
The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2)
The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #3)

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

  • [#1] The Sword of Summer (2015)
  • [#2] The Hammer of Thor (2016)
  • [#3] The Ship of The Dead (2017)
The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)
The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2)
The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo, #3)
The Tyrant's Tomb (The Trials of Apollo, #4)
The Tower of Nero (The Trials of Apollo, #5)

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The Trials of Apollo

  • [#1] The Hidden Oracle (2016)
  • [#2] The Dark Prophecy (2017)
  • [#3] The Burning Maze (2018)
  • [#4] The Tyrant’s Tomb (2019)
  • [#5] The Tower of Nero (2020)
  • [#1] The Lightning Thief (2005)
  • [#2] The Sea of Monsters (2006)
  • [#3] The Titan’s Curse (2007)
  • [#4] The Battle of The Labyrinth (2008)
  • [#5] The Last Olympian (2009)
  • [#1] The Red Pyramid (May 2010)
  • [#1] The Lost Hero (Oct 2010)
  • [#2] The Throne of Fire (May 2011)
  • [#2] The Son of Neptune (Oct 2011)
  • [#3] The Serpent’s Shadow (May 2012)
  • [#3] The Mark of Athena (Oct 2012)
  • [#4] The House of Hades (Oct 2013)
  • [#5] The Blood of Olympus (Oct 2014)
  • [#1] The Sword of Summer (Oct 2015)
  • Demigods and Magicians: Three Stories from the World of Percy Jackson and the Kane Chronicles (April 2016)
  • [#1] The Hidden Oracle (May 2016)
  • For Magnus Chase: Hotel Valhalla Guide to the Norse Worlds: Your Introduction to Deities, Mythical Beings, & Fantastic Creatures (Aug 2016)
  • [#2] The Hammer of Thor (Oct 2016)
  • [#2] The Dark Prophecy (May 2017)
  • [#3] The Ship of The Dead (Oct 2017)
  • [#3] The Burning Maze (May 2018)
  • 9 From the Nine Worlds (Oct 2018)
  • [#4] The Tyrant’s Tomb (Sep 2019)
  • [#5] The Tower of Nero (Sep 2020)

*Just the series, not the companion books (some of this is just me guessing because obviously we don’t have exact dates to make an exact timeline)

  • The Lightning Thief
  • The Sea of Monsters
  • The Titan’s Curse
  • The Battle of The Labyrinth
  • The Red Pyramid
  • The Throne of Fire
  • The Last Olympian
  • The Serpent’s Shadow
  • The Lost Hero
  • The Son of Neptune
  • The Mark of Athena
  • The House of Hades
  • The Blood of Olympus
  • The Sword of Summer
  • The Hammer of Thor
  • The Ship of The Dead
  • The Hidden Oracle
  • The Dark Prophecy
  • The Burning Maze
  • The Tyrant’s Tomb
  • The Tower of Nero
The Demigod Files (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
The Demigod Diaries (The Heroes of the Olympus)
Percy Jackson's Greek Gods
Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes
Demigods and Magicians: Three Stories from the World of Percy Jackson and the Kane Chronicles

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  • The Demigod Files (Feb 2009) – A bunch of short stries set before and after book 5 in the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series.
  • The Demigod Diaries (Aug 2012) – Three short stories. One set before The Lightning Thief and the other two set before The Mark of Athena.
  • Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods (Aug 2014) – Set after Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Percy telling the story of the Greek Gods for extra credit. not a character story it’s just Percy telling the stories but you should probably read it after Heroes of Olympus, just in case.
  • Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes (Aug 2015) – Set after Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Percy telling the story of the Greek heroes for extra credit.
  • Demigods and Magicians: Three Stories from the World of Percy Jackson and the Kane Chronicles (April 2016) – Set after the Heroes of Olympus series & The Kane Chronicles
For Magnus Chase: Hotel Valhalla Guide to the Norse Worlds: Your Introduction to Deities, Mythical Beings, & Fantastic Creatures (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard)
Camp Half-Blood Confidential
Brooklyn House Magician's Manual (The Kane Chronicles)
9 From the Nine Worlds
Camp Jupiter Classified: A Probatio's Journal

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  • For Magnus Chase: Hotel Valhalla Guide to the Norse Worlds: Your Introduction to Deities, Mythical Beings, & Fantastic Creatures (Aug 2016) – A quide to Norse Mythology and Hotel Valhalla. A direct lead into The Hammer of Thor.
  • Camp Half-Blood Confidential (2017) – A collection of information and interviews set after PJO but, a companion book to the Trials of Apollo series. Works more as a guide to Camp Half-Blood. Read after The Hidden Oracle.
  • Brooklyn House Magician’s Manual (May 2018) – Set after The Kane Chronicles. You get some new infromation on the main characters with a mix of entries from characters and quizzes.
  • 9 From the Nine Worlds (Oct 2018) – 9 Short stories set in the Magnus Chase world. Read afer the Magnus Chase trilogy.
  • Camp Jupiter Classified: A Probatio’s Journal (May 2020) – Claudia’s journal, set before Tower of Nero with characters from the Heroes of Olympus series.

Let me know if you want any more world guides like this and let me know in the comments if you have any questions about when to read certain books and in what order!

What order did/do you read Rick Riordan’s mythological books in?

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      1. As far as I can tell, it’s set after book 5 of the original Percy Jackson & The Olympians series (The Last Olympian)! You can also find it in the back of The Hidden Oracle, in some editions.

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    1. the reading order I follow is
      THE LIGHTNING THIEF
      THE SEA OF MONSTERS
      THE TITAN’S CURSE
      THE STOLEN CHARIOT [DEMIGOD FILES#1]
      THE BATTLE OF THE LABRYNTH
      THE BRONZE DRAGON [DEMIGOD FILES#2]
      THE SWORD OF HADES [DEMIGOD FILES#3]
      THE LAST OLYMPIAN
      DIARY OF LUKE CASTELLAN [DEMIGOD DIARIES#1]
      SINGER OF APOLLO
      STAFF OF HERMES [DEMIGOD DIARIES#2]
      THE LOST HERO
      THE RED PYRAMID
      QUEST FOR BUFORD [DEMIGOD DIARIES#3]
      THE THRONE OF FIRE
      THE SON OF MAGIC [DEMIGOD DIARIES#4]
      GREEK GODS
      THE SON OF NEPTUNE
      THE MARK OF ATHENA
      THE HOUSE OF HADES
      THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS
      GREEK HEROES
      DEMIGODS AND MAGICIANS
      THE SWORD OF SUMMER
      THE HIDDEN ORACLE
      HOTEL VALHALLA’S GUIDE
      CAMP HALF-BLOOD CONFIDENTIAL
      BROOKLYN HOUSE’S MAGICIAN’S MANUAL
      CAMP JUPITER CLASSIFIED
      THE HAMMER OF THOR
      THE DARK PROPHECY
      THE BURNING MAZE
      THE TYRANT’S TOMB
      THE TOWER OF NERO
      SHIP OF THE DEAD
      9 FROM THE NINE WORLDS

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  1. Oh, this is so nice! I’ve been meaning to reread soonish (I read Magnus first, then PJO-HOO-Trials) and I hadn’t thought about what order to follow this time, but I’ll certainly come back to this post once I decide it’s finally time to reread!

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    1. READ THEM. they are superior from Harry potter, the Chronicles of Narnia, and many others. They are THE ABSOLUTE BEST. I’m Percy’s #1 fan.

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        1. As far as I can tell, it’s set after book 5 of the original Percy Jackson & The Olympians series (The Last Olympian)! You can also find it in the back of The Hidden Oracle, in some editions.

          I hope you enjoy it!

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      1. Glad I found this blog, silly me thinking that The Kane Chronicles are the only 3 books that I could enjoy from this author. You’ve done a good job, thank you for this. I am starting to read from the beginning of your list πŸ™‚ . Thank you very much again β™₯️ .

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  2. Aaah, I didn’t even realize how many Riordan-verse books there were until you laid them all-out like that πŸ˜… This is such a great guide for those who are reading the books for the first time. Great job!

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    1. From what I can tell they are set after the Heroes of Olympus series & The Kane Chronicles, so if you want to read via the timeline of the books I would read them between HoO and ToA/MC! Hope this helps!

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  3. I just finished the Percy Jackson books and was going to go to heroes of olymopus then the trials then the other ones like my brother but I went online and got about 20 different answers on the order so why do you think this is the way the books should be read?

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    1. I highly recommend PJO, HoO and then Trials of Apollo as the order, but if you need a break from the greek mythology you could read The Kane Chronicles (trilogy) anywhere in there (I recommend after HoO as that’s where it’s set chronologically). Magnus Chase is one of my favourites of Riordan’s series and chronologically it’s set at the same time as trials of apollo so you could read that whenever you wanted to.
      I hope this helps! Feel free to ask any more questions!

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  4. Hey! Thanks, this helped sooo much, but I think you forgot wedding in the stars and broken together. I may be wrong, but yeah…Btw THANK YOU!!!

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    1. Tristan Strong is a part of Rick Riordan’s publishing imprint “Rick Riordan Presents” where he publishes books written by other authors, about characters (usually poc) who engage in or revolve around different types of mythologies or legends eg. Tristan Strong takes inspiration from/is about African American folktale and West African mythology. However, books under this imprint, not written by Rick Riordan himself do not come under the banner of the “Riordan-Verse” or Percy Jackson universe, as far as I’m aware.

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  5. OMG!!! πŸ€—(Virtual Hugs!!!) This helped me SO much! But I just have one quick question:
    I’m on the heroes of Olympus right now, but If I want to keep reading about Percy Jackson and his friends (Just them) should I skip Kane Chronicles and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard and just go to the Trials of Apollo? Because I think Kane Chronicles doesn’t have Percy Jackson and his friends in it, and neither does Mangus, but I’m not sure. So, please help me with this. 😁
    Thanks!

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    1. Haha *hugs you back* I’m happy to help!

      There’s no Percy Jackson and co in Kane Chronicles, there’s a minor Annabeth cameo in Magnus Chase book 1 (they’re cousins) and then yeah there are more appearances in Trials of Apollo because so much of it features the camp and other campers we’ve met before.

      I hope that helps – do you plan on reading Kane Chronicles and Magnus Chase eventually or will you skip them completely?

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        1. there is a kane series – as mentioned by ellyn – that features percy and annabeth and it’s called demogods and magicians. it’s set after the kane chronicles.

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            1. Yes, the Demigods and Magicians is a bind-up of 3 stories featuring Kane Chronicles and PJO characters, set after The Heroes of Olympus and The Kane Chronicles.

              Haha, that’s Australia for you! I am in Brisbane so my timestamps are set to Brisbane time! πŸ˜‚

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              1. also can u tell me more about this website? i just stumbled upon it looking for a guide to the riordan verse. it’s really good by the way. set out clearly and really helpsπŸ‘

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                1. Are you asking about allonsythornraxxbooks.com as a whole? I blog about both books and movies, though mostly books at the moment. I review books and show my wraps ups of everything I read and watched each month. I also post other reading and watching orders (and I take requests if you have other works you’re curious about!) for both movies and books, if that’s something you’re particularly interested in!

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    1. They’re not must-reads! They’re more so just Percy explaining the myths of the gods and the heroes in his usual snarky way!
      I think they were more of a way for Riordan to capitalise on the trend of big illustrated hardcovers along the lines of the Harry Potter books, at the time. They’re fun but not something you can read all at once, more of a coffee table book really, so by no means are they must-reads for you to understand the timeline/plot of the other books!

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  6. Thanks for this guide, it’s really nice that someone put all of the companion books in one place!
    In the “Chronological Order” section, “Mark of Athena” is on there twice

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  7. Wondering how much research goes into all the mythologies, and now Nemo series?.
    Any thoughts about what next mythological arena might be explored. I am also assuming daughter of the deep will have a sequel.

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    1. I think Rick Riordan does quite a lot of research into the mythologies he writes about and Daughter of The Deep is an homage to Twenty thousand leagues under the sea by Jules Verne, so I’m assuming he read the original book and then did some research on the author. I’m sure you can find some interviews where he’s talked about his writing and researching methods.

      I really have no idea what he’ll write next – he’s done Egyptian, Greek and Roman which is already so impressive. I know he’s writing a Nico book but I think for now he’s probably going to concentrate on the Percy Jackson series for Disney+ and then probably the Kane Chronicles for Netflix.

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  8. This is Great I just Got done reading the percy jackson series and I was wondering what to read next, i always knew their were other books that expanded the percy jackson universe (riordian-verse) but I didn’t know what to read next, this was defently a great guide in currently reading the kane chronicles. the books are amazing

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  9. Thanks. I’ve been in the fandom for 6 years and in the last year I’ve lost track of the books. This helps me to know which ones I need to read
    I appreciate it a lot!! ❀

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  10. I like Percy Jackson the best, but I have the first of Magnus Chase, but my parents are not all the quick to spend some cash on another book set after I finished the one I got even if I got it 2 days ago..lol. Would reading the first magnus chase after the last Percy Jackson book be too co fusing? Or is it fine. I am still determined to finish every one one Rick Riordan’s books, love them they are way better than Harry Potter (my opinion not a Potter fan over here) And even better than Narnia (luv em)

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    1. Haha I prefer Percy Jackson over those series too!

      I had to think about it for a bit, but I think you could read Magnus Chase straight after the Percy Jackson series without any/many spoilers! There is a small cameo from Annabeth in book 1 as Magnus and Annabeth are cousins but, other than that, the MC series is a separate entity! I hope you enjoy it!
      Do you have a library in your local area or access to the Libby or Overdrive app? I think that most libraries have Rick Riordan’s books physically or on those apps if you are able to read via an ebook or audiobook format.

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