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Same Universe Series Reading Order: Rick Riordan

“With great power… comes great need to take a nap. Wake me up later.”
            ― Rick Riordan, The Last Olympian

Hey guys!

I was thinking about the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan (nothing out of the ordinary, I assure you), and I came across the odd notion that some people may get confused about the reading order for the series, since most of his books connect in some way or that some people might feel intimidated to start a series with a large extended universe. So, I figured I’d write up a blog post sharing the order I would read them in! Please note that this is my personal opinions on the order that I think would be better to read them in, so you can catch all the sneaky references 😀 If you’ve read them and agree/disagree with any placements, let me know in the comments!

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“People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can’t be fixed.”
Rick Riordan, The Battle of the Labyrinth

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So, in total, Rick Riordan has 5 notable series set in the same universe listed in the chronological order of the first books published. As of June 2017, only the first three series are complete.

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians
  • The Kane Chronicles
  • The Heroes of Olympus
  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
  • The Trials of Apollo

With a few additional companion books.

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“Um…is that thing tame?” Frank said.
The horse whinnied angrily.
“I don’t think so,” Percy guessed. “He just said, ‘I will trample you to death, silly Chinese Canadian baby man’.
Rick Riordan, The Son of Neptune

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How I would recommend reading (unbolded are companion/optional stories):

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2005)
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel (2010)
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters (2006)
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters Graphic Novel (2013)
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse (2007)
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse Graphic Novel (2013)
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth (2008)
The Demigod Files (2009) – “Percy Jackson and the Stolen Chariot” & “Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades”
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Last Olympian (2009)
Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo (2013; short story)
The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid (2010)
The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid Graphic Novel (2012)
The Kane Chronicles: The Throne of Fire (2011)
The Kane Chronicles: The Throne of Fire Graphic Novel (2015)
The Kane Chronicles: The Serpent’s Shadow (2012)
The Demigod Files (2009) – “Percy Jackson and the Bronze Dragon”
The Demigod Diaries (2012) – “Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes”, “The Diary of Luke Castellan” & “The Son of Magic”
The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero (2010)
The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero Graphic Novel (2014)
The Demigod Diaries (2012) – “Leo Valdez and the Quest for Buford”
The Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune (2011)
The Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena (2012)
The Heroes of Olympus: The House of Hades (2013)
The Heroes of Olympus: The Blood of Olympus (2014)
Demigods and Magicians: The Son of Sobek (2013)
Demigods and Magicians: The Staff of Serapis (2014)
Demigods and Magicians: The Crown of Ptolemy (2015)
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods (2014)
Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes (2015)
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer (2015)
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor (2016)
The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle (2016)
The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy (2017)

It may seem like a lot to read, but trust me, it’s worth it!!

 

Heroes of Olympus by viria13
Heroes of Olympus by Viria13 on Deviant Art
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4 thoughts on “Same Universe Series Reading Order: Rick Riordan

  1. I just love Percy Jackson!! It’s my favorite childhood series 💙 I haven’t gotten around to picking up the Magnus Chase or Apollo series yet, so I’m curious whether it matters which you read first? Lovely post!

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    1. Thank you so much! I love the series too 😀
      Not really, I suppose they can be read either way, both series have little references to each other, so it would probably be better to read them in chronological order (I made a little mistake sorry, updated now! haha), but if you’re not too concerned about them I would say go for whichever one you find more intriguing first 🙂

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  2. I read the first two Percy Jackson series but had issues with both of them so I decided that I wasn’t going to read his other books. But this is a good list for people who do want to read them.

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