After spending six months as a teenager named Lester, Apollo is now reaching his endgame (thank the gods). The battle for Camp Jupiter is over. New Rome is safe. Tarquin and his army of the undead have been defeated. And somehow Apollo has made it out alive.
But though the battle may have been won, the war is far from over.
Now Apollo and Meg must get ready for the final – and, let’s face it, probably fatal – adventure. They’re heading back to where their troubles began: Manhattan. They must face the last emperor, the terrifying Nero, and destroy him once and for all.
Can Apollo find his godly form?
Will Meg be able to face up to her troubled past?
Phew…where to start?
I’d read the first three Trials of Apollo books in one sitting. I wasn’t terribly excited when I learnt about the first book (seriously, another Greek gods series?) But I struck with it and read the books. And I’m glad I did, for I enjoyed the books very much. And then there was the several month’s wait until the fourth book was released, by which time the hype had died down considerably.
The forth book was, honestly, boring. Maybe it was because I never properly read it – I only skimmed over the pages in a limited amount of time. Because after a while the combination of Apollo’s complaints, not-so-hilarious jokes and the Rick Riordan writing style started to got on my nerves.
Then finally I read Tower of Nero. And I liked it. Not LOVED it, like the first three books, but it was a good one.
What I loved
Meg being more mature and less of the annoying litte kiddo who never listens.
Apollo’s character arc
All the Apollo cabin kids
Nico and Will’s banter (glow in the dark boyfriends, anyone?)
Rachel Elizabeth Dare (I love this character)
Nero – now that’s a villain you’d love to hate! He was scarier and creepier baddie by far than Python, who was big and powerful, but no one trumps at psychological manipulation like Nero does. Plus he’s really maybe just too clever. [Spoiler] I was half scared for Meg if she actually fell for his tricks, but our kid has grown up a lot by now. Really. It was very uplifting to see her help the other children out of Nero’s abuse and trauma.
Lu’s character and how much she cared for Meg. This woman is a real survivor. Badass.
The final showdown between Python and Apollo, cuz it showed how much ‘Lester’ had grown throughout this series, from a self-absorbed narcissist to a selfless friend.
The ending of the book. It was perfect, and it hit all the right notes. Great way to end a series!
What I did not like
There was, surprisingly, nothing significant that I disliked about the Tower of Nero. Okay, maybe all those troglobyte shenanigans. But they were also kinda fun. Also, I was really hoping that I’d see Clarisse being rude/awesome in this book, but nope.
I suppose this review is all over the place 😉 but simply said, this book was a very fun read, heartwarming and also really nostalgic. Especially for a person who’s read every Percy Jackson fandom book out there.
Have you read the Tower of Nero? What are your thoughts about it? Who are your favourite characters? Let me know in your comments!