Rick Riordan is the American author behind the famous Percy Jackson & the Olympians series and several other popular young adult fantasy sagas.
He shot to fame in 2005 with his breakthrough title, The Lightning Thief, and today; he’s one of the best-known authors in the world. His books have been translated into more than forty languages and sold millions of copies around the globe, earning him an army of international fans.
If you’re new to the author, you may still recognize his work. Riordan’s books have influenced a whole host of other media, including graphic novels, movies, and an upcoming Disney+ adaptation. But, if you’ve never read his original stories before, I highly recommend you give them a try.
Rick Riordan’s Books in Order
Rick Riordan has a huge body of work to explore, and knowing where to begin isn’t easy. So, below, I’ll give you a full rundown of every book the author has published to date, including his main series, his related works, and his standalone titles.
- The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Books
Rick Riordan’s most famous series of all follows the adventures of Perseus “Percy” Jackson. Percy is a young boy living a normal life until he discovers that he’s the demigod son of the ancient Greek Olympian Poseidon.
After Poseidon broke his oath to no longer father any children, Percy was abandoned as a baby. Demigod children are so powerful that they have the potential to destroy the universe. And so, Poseidon was forced to uphold his end of the bargain with his fellow gods, Zeus and Hades, and cast his son out into the human world.
When he discovers his true identity, Percy’s life changes forever. He soon realizes that a cabal of ancient monsters is after his blood, determined to destroy the powerful demigod before he can destroy them.
But luckily, he’s not alone in the fight. At Camp Half-Blood, a Long Island training camp for demigods, Percy meets several others just like him, including his friends Annabeth Chase and Grover Underwood. Together, they set out on an extraordinary journey across mystical worlds, battling the evil Titans who threaten to destroy the universe.
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series has become one of the most successful fantasy sagas of all time. The books have sold over 180 copies around the globe, putting Rick Riordan up there with the likes of literary giants such as J.K Rowling and Neil Gaiman.
|Sr. No.||Title||Publication Date||Print Length||Publisher||Where to Buy|
|1||The Lightning Thief||June 28, 2005||384 pages||Miramax Books/ Hyperion||Amazon|
|2||The Demigod Files||February 1, 2009||Hyperion Books||Amazon|
|3||The Lightning Thief||128 pages||Disney Hyperion||Amazon|
|4||The Lost Hero||576 pages||Disney Hyperion||Amazon|
|5||The Demigod Diaries||August 14, 2012||256 pages||Disney Hyperion||Amazon|
|6||The Lost Hero||October 7, 2014||192 pages||Disney Hyperion||Amazon|
|7||The Red Pyramid||528 pages||Disney Hyperion||Amazon|
|8||The Kane Chronicles Survival Guide||January 1, 2012||Puffin||Amazon|
|9||The Red Pyramid (2012)||192 pages||Disney Hyperion||Amazon|
|10||The Sword of Summer||512 pages||Disney Hyperion||Amazon|
|11||For Magnus Chase||480 pages||Disney Hyperion||Amazon|
|12||Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo||February 28, 2019||112 pages||Puffin||Amazon|
|13||Camp Jupiter Classified||May 5, 2020||176 pages||Disney Hyperion||Amazon|
|14||Big Red Tequila||Bantam USA||Amazon|
|15||The Maze of Bones||January 1, 2012||Paperback||Amazon|
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Books in Reading and Publication Order
Each installment in The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is interconnected, and the characters and storylines evolve and intertwine from book to book. So, it’s best to follow the publication order listed below.
1. The Lightning Thief (2005)
Percy Jackson has finally found out the truth about his identity. And now, spending the summer at Camp Half Blood, a new mystery is beginning to unfold. Together with his new demigod friends, they embark on a wild adventure across America all the way to Hollywood, in search of the entrance of the Underworld.
- The Sea of Monsters (2006)
- The Titan’s Curse (2007)
- The Battle of the Labyrinth (2008)
- The Last Olympian (2009)
- The Chalice of the Gods (2023)
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Companion Books
If you loved the main Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, you wouldn’t want to miss these companion titles.
1. The Demigod Files (2009)
Find out everything you need to know about Percy Jackson’s wild and wonderful world with this must have series guide. Enjoy never before published interviews and short stories by Riordan himself, and test your Olympian knowledge with puzzles and games.
- Percy Jackson: The Ultimate Guide (2010) (with Antonio Caparo, Philip Chidlow, and Keven Hays)
- Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes (2014)
- Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods (2014)
- Demigods & Magicians (2015)
- Camp Half-Blood Confidential (2017)
- The Percy Jackson Coloring Book (2017)
- The Lightning Thief: Illustrated Edition (2018)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels
In 2010, Rick Riordan joined forces with a team of skilled writers and artists to recreate the original Percy Jackson and the Olympians novels into graphic novels.
Here they are in the order they were published.
1. The Lightning Thief (2010) (with Robert Venditti, Nate Powell, and Jose Villarrubia)
Twelve year old Percy Jackson embarks on a dangerous quest to stop a cataclysmic war between the gods.
- The Sea of Monsters (2013) (with Robert Venditti, Attila Futaki, and Tamas Gaspar)
- The Titan’s Curse (2013) (with Robert Venditti, Attila Futaki, and Gregory Guilhaumond)
- The Battle of Labyrinth (2018) (with Robert Venditti, Orpheus Collar, and Antoine Dode)
- The Last Olympian (2019) (with Robert Venditti, Orpheus Collar, and Antoine Dode)
The Heroes of Olympus Books
The Heroes of Olympus books are a sequel series to Riordan’s famous Percy Jackson and the Olympians saga. They feature several familiar characters, including Percy himself.
The books follow a group of seven demigods who unite to fulfill an age-old prophecy to make peace between the Greeks and Romans, saving the world from otherwise certain destruction.
Just like the original Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the novels are set in the modern world, with an ancient twist.
The Heroes of Olympus Books in Reading and Publication Order
Each installment in the Heroes of Olympus series is interconnected, and the characters and storylines evolve and intertwine from book to book. So, it’s best to follow the publication order listed below.
It’s also important to note that these books are intended to be read after the original Percy Jackson and the Olympians novels. So, to avoid any spoilers, make sure you finish that series before you get started with the books below.
1. The Lost Hero (2010)
Jason has woken up on a Wilderness School field trip and with no idea who he is. Apparently, he and his classmates are all delinquents who are too badly behaved for normal school. But why can’t Jason remember, and what did he do to end up there? All he knows is that something doesn’t feel right.
- The Son of Neptune (2011)
- The Mark of Athena (2012)
- The House of Hades (2013)
- The Blood of Olympus (2014)
The Heroes of Olympus Companions Books
If you loved the main Heroes of Olympus series, you wouldn’t want to miss these companion titles.
1. The Demigod Diaries (2012)
This compilation of three never before published short stories are packed with answers to all of your burning Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson books. Learn about your favorite character’s backstories and how exactly they pulled off some of their most amazing, impossible seeming feats.
The Heroes of Olympus: The Graphic Novels
In 2014, Rick Riordan joined forces with a team of skilled writers and artists to recreate the original The Heroes of Olympus novels into graphic novels.
Here they are in the order they were published.
1. The Lost Hero (2014) (with Robert Venditti, Nate Powell, and Orpheus Collar)
Jason, Piper, and Leo have arrived at Camp Half Blood to find out that they are the chosen ones. Now, they must embark on a dangerous mission, and they have only four days to complete it.
The Kane Chronicles Books
The Kane Chronicles is a young adult fantasy trilogy starring Carter and Sadie Kane, a brother and sister who are descended from the famous Egyptian pharaohs Narmer and Ramses the Great.
Because of their ancient blood, the siblings possess magical powers. And so, alongside their loyal friends, they must use their powers to battle the Egyptian deities that still run havoc throughout the modern world.
The Kane Chronicles Books in Reading and Publication Order
Each installment in the Kane Chronicles series is interconnected, and the characters and storylines evolve and intertwine from book to book. So, it’s best to follow the publication order listed below.
1. The Red Pyramid (2010)
Ever since his mother died, Carter Kane has been traveling around the world with his Egyptologist father, Dr. Julius Kane. Meanwhile, his little sister, Sadie, has been in London with their grandparents, attending school.
Both Carter and Sadie want what the other one has. Sadie longs for adventure, and Carter is desperate to live a normal life. And after so long apart, neither of them have much in common anymore. But all that changes when their father reunites them on Christmas Eve, promising to make everything right.
Yet things quickly descend into chaos when they discover that the Ancient Egyptian gods are waking up from their long slumber, and they’re ready to enact a terrifying scheme.
The Kane Chronicles Companions Books
If you loved the main Kane Chronicles series, you won’t want to miss these companion titles.
1. The Kane Chronicles Survival Guide (2012)
This beautifully illustrated deluxe guide is packed with tantalizing extras and behind the scenes action from the Kane Chronicles series. Each page features fascinating insights into ancient Egypt, including instructions on reading hieroglyphics, casting ancient spells, and decoding secret messages. Plus, there are bonus full color maps and drawings, and a build it yourself trading card pyramid.
The Kane Chronicles: The Graphic Novels
In 2012, Rick Riordan joined forces with a team of skilled writers and artists to recreate the original The Heroes of Olympus novels into graphic novels.
Here they are in the order they were published.
1. The Red Pyramid (2012) (adapted by Orpheus Collar)
Sadie and Carter Kane are being pursued by the ancient Egyptian god Set. And so, to escape his wrath, they embark on a breakneck mission around the world packed with action, adventure, and life changing discoveries.
- The Throne of Fire (2015) (adapted by Orpheus Collar)
- The Serpent’s Shadow (2017) (adapted by Orpheus Collar)
The Demigods and Magicians Books
The Demigods & Magicians series explores what happens when Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase meet Carter and Sadie Kane. This gripping crossover trilogy sees them combine their skills to create one of the most powerful teams the world has ever seen.
The books were originally published individually, but in 2016, Riordan compiled them into one volume titled Demigods and Magicians.
The Demigods and Magicians Books in Reading and Publication Order
Each installment in the Demigods and Magicians series is interconnected, and the characters and storylines evolve and intertwine from book to book. So, it’s best to follow the publication order listed below.
1. The Son of Sobek (2013)
Carter Kane is on the hunt for a mysterious Long Island monster when he meets a strange boy named Percy Jackson. And unfortunately, the pair don’t exactly hit it off at first.
The Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Books
This gripping trilogy is based on ancient Norse mythology and takes place in the same universe as the Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Heroes of Olympus, and Kane Chronicles series.
It follows the adventures of Magnus Chase, cousin of the familiar character, Annabeth Chase, and son of the Norse god of peace and fertility, Frey.
In book one, The Sword of Summer, Magnus Chase is a homeless orphan living in Boston when he discovers his true identity as the son of a Norse god. But before he can get used to the idea, he’s immediately thrust into a deadly battle with a fire giant named Surt. And so, his epic adventure begins.
The Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Books in Reading and Publication Order
Each installment in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series is interconnected, and the characters and storylines evolve and intertwine from book to book. So, it’s best to follow the publication order listed below.
1. The Sword of Summer (2015)
For two long years, Magnus Chase has been living alone on the streets of Boston, trying to survive. After evading the cops all this time, one day, he learns that someone else is on his trail: his notorious uncle Randolph.
Randolph has some life changing news for Magnus, and when he finally catches up to him, he begins to spill the beans. But before he can finish his tales of Norse gods and ancient prophecies, a fire giant descends upon the city, and Magnus is forced to face a powerful enemy.
The Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Companion Books
If you loved the main Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series, you wouldn’t want to miss these companion titles.
1. For Magnus Chase (2016)
This must read guide for guests of the Hotel Valhalla includes fascinating facts about Norse mythology, its gods, and the many other captivating characters found with Riordan’s smash hit Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series.
- Hotel Valhalla: Guide to the Norse Worlds (2016)
- The Magnus Chase Coloring Book (2018)
- 9 from the Nine Worlds (2018)
The Trials of Apollo Books
The Trials of Apollo series is a follow-up to Rick Riordan’s best-selling Heroes of Olympus books.
As the title suggests, it details the trials and adventures of the god Apollo, who finds himself trapped in the body of a mortal boy named Lester Papadopoulos. Now, living as Lester, Apollo must learn to fit in at Camp Half-Blood, and carry out his mission to rescue five undiscovered oracles and appease his furious father, Zeus.
The Trials of Apollo Books in Reading and Publication Order
Each installment in the Trials of Apollo series is interconnected, and the characters and storylines evolve and intertwine from book to book. So, it’s best to follow the publication order listed below.
It’s also important to note that the events in the Trials of Apollo series take place soon after the events in the final book of the Heroes of Olympus series. So, be sure to read those first to avoid any spoilers.
1. Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo (2013)
Apollo needs Percy Jackson’s help. He’s due to perform on Mount Olympus, but one of his four singers has left town for New York in the hopes of pursuing a solo career. And so, Percy springs into action to try and bring her back in time for Apollo’s big show.
- The Hidden Oracle (2016)
- The Dark Prophecy (2017)
- The Burning Maze (2018)
- The Tyrant’s Tomb (2019)
- The Tower of Nero (2020)
The Trials of Apollo Companion Book
If you loved the main Trials of Apollo series, you won’t want to miss this companion title.
1. Camp Jupiter Classified (2020)
Strange things are happening at Camp Jupiter, and if the Romans don’t get to the bottom of these incidents soon, all hell could break loose at the Twelfth Legion.
New recruit Claudia is the prime suspect, after all, she’s the daughter of the god of thieves and trickery, and none of this kind of thing happened before she arrived at camp. But who is really behind the mischief? Dive into this behind the scenes Trials of Apollo companion guide to find out.
The Tres Navarre Books
The series above are all written for a young adult audience (but grown-ups love them too!.) However, before his famous Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Rick Riordan penned this gripping crime series for adults.
It follows the antics of a third-generation Texan man named Jackson “Tres” Navarre. Tres is a PhD-educated tai chi master working as an unlicensed private investigator. In book one, he returns to his hometown of San Antonio to find out the truth about who killed his father. But the deeper he digs, the more danger he finds himself in.
The Tres Navarre Books in Reading and Publication Order
Each installment in the Tres Navarre series is interconnected, and the characters and storylines evolve and intertwine from book to book. So, it’s best to read along in the publication order listed below.
1. Big Red Tequila (1997)
Tres is back in San Antonio, and he’s brought trouble with him. Before long he’s being hunted by attackers, shot at with bullets and run down by a Thunderbird truck. And if that wasn’t enough, the former lover he’s pursuing in hopes of a second chance has vanished into thin air. Can Tres save her, and find his fathers killer, before his enemies track him down?
- The Widower’s Two-Step (1998)
- The Last King of Texas (2000)
- The Devil Went Down to Austin (2001)
- Southtown (2004)
- Mission Road (2005)
- Rebel Island (2007)
The 39 Clues Books
In 2008, Rick Riordan joined several other bestselling authors to pen this series of children’s and young adult adventure novels starring brother and sister duo, Amy and Dan Cahill.
There are eleven books in the series and several spin-off collections to explore, but below, I’ll list only the titles by Rick Riordan.
1. The Maze of Bones (2008)
The Cahills are the world’s most powerful family, and now that the matriarch has died, it’s a race against time for her descendants to get their hands on the hidden family fortune.
And so, orphaned siblings Amy and Dan Cahill head out on an extraordinary adventure across the globe, solving cryptic clues in the hopes of finding treasure.
- Introduction to The 39 Clues: The Black Book of Buried Secrets (2010)
- Vespers Rising (2011) (with Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson)
Rick Riordan’s Standalone Novels
Rick Riordan is most famous for his series, but he’s also penned three bestselling standalone titles, including the hotly anticipated 2023 novel, The Sun and the Star.
Here they are in the order they were published.
1. Cold Springs (2003)
Ten years ago, Chadwick lost his dangerously troubled daughter in the worst possible way. Now, with his heart finally beginning to heal, he spends his days saving teenagers from the streets, escorting them to a tough love wilderness school for rehabilitation.
But one teenager is going to need more than a little tough love. Mallory Zedman is on a path of self-destruction, just like Chadwick’s own daughter was a decade prior. And now, she’s a prime suspect in a brutal murder.
Rick Riordan is one of the most celebrated authors of the 21st century, and his captivating stories have become a hit with readers, young and old.
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