Reasons to read Rick Riordan, author of the world famous Percy Jackson novels, are so numerous I’m afraid I won’t be able to remember them all. After all, each fan has his or her own list of pros when it comes to their favorite authors. Now, before I start listing reasons to read Rick Riordan, let me point out that most of Rick Riordan’s novels target the younger population and, as such, will probably be loved by all of you Harry Potter fans out there, regardless of the age. Interested? Well, here’s what I loved about Rick Riordan’s work!
1. Great Writing Style
First on my list of reasons to read Rick Riordan might sound a bit whacky but will definitely get a nod of approval from all of you picky readers. I mean, how many times have you found yourself putting away a promising read simply because the way it’s been written doesn’t work for you? Well, you’ll get none of that with Rick Riordan’s novels! They’ll suck you in and get you laughing in no time, even if you’re not a huge fan of first person narrative.
2. Lots of Historical Facts
Greek, Roman and Egyptian mythology have never been this much fun! Go ahead, knock yourself out, there is plenty of great stuff to pick up while reading the Camp Half-Blood Series and The Kane Chronicles! You’ll master the deities in no time, which is more than History lessons ever did for me. And who knows… they might even inspire you to dig a little bit deeper and discover you actually love ancient mythology. Mr. Riordan used to teach English and History before he decided to become a full-time writer and, I must admit, it really shows!
3. Great for Younger Audience
Most (if not all) of Rick Riordan’s work is completely clean, safe to read (let’s put it that way, shall we?) and therefore an ideal thing to recommend or even purchase as a gift. I think it’s even safer than Harry Potter, because magic in Riordan’s books is more of a historic-folklore-mythological thing and, as such, is a much better alternative to that modern Harry Potter stuff some parents consider bad. It’s also a great thing to recommend to your younger siblings or cousins who, although still way too young and innocent for some grittier fantasy novels, have all the qualities of a prospective fantasy fan.
4. Lots to Look Forward to
And now, for the fun part! You see, one of the series I’ve mentioned above is still unfinished, which means there are plenty of what ifs to fuel your addiction even after you’ve gone through all of the books. But wait, isn’t that the bad news? Nope, not really, because the next book is just months away from being published! And that’s not all – some fans seem to take hints very seriously and believe the way the other series ended leaves plenty of room for more adventures!
5. Happy Endings
Every novel in the series I’ve read so far ends happily, or, at least victoriously; no one is crippled or killed and there are a lot of great friendships being forged as the story progresses. Now, call me crazy, paranoid, terminally damaged by too many rereads of A Song of Ice and Fire… but I love it! It’s soothing! Really, really soothing! It’s a sort of a story you’ll want to kick back and relax with after going overboard with grisly stuff.
6. Lots of Other Works
It doesn’t matter which series you hear about first – once you become a fan of Rick Riordan’s novels, you’re definitely going to want to read them all! And this amazing writer really has a lot to give! We’ve got The Percy Jackson series, Heroes of Olympus, The Kane Chronicles, Clues Series, Tres Navarre and a whole new Norse mythology-based world that’s going to start unfolding around 2015! How cool is that?
7. Funny, Conversational Style Writing
I haven’t read all of the novels, mind you, but the ones I have read all have at least one thing in common – you’ll laugh, you’ll laugh a lot and, often, aloud! Readers get their fair share of witty comebacks, hilarious bickering and whatnot, falling in love with the story as well as the characters a bit more every time a page is flipped.
Start Googling, ladies! I promise you, you are going to love Rick Riordan's work. And for all of you who have read a book (or series) or few, tell me... any favorites?