Rick Riordan

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Rick Riordan
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Riordan signing copies of The Battle of the Labyrinth November 3, 2008
Born Richard Russell Riordan, Jr.
(1964-06-05) June 5, 1964 (age 50)
San Antonio, Texas
Occupation Author
Nationality United States
Genre Fantasy, Detective fiction, Mythology
Notable works Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, The Kane Chronicles, The Heroes of Olympus, The Maze of Bones, Tres Navarre Series

Richard Russell "Rick" Riordan, Jr. (/ˈraɪərdən/; born June 5, 1964)[1] is an American author best known for writing the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. He also wrote the adult mystery series Tres Navarre[2] and helped edit Demigods and Monsters, a collection of essays on his Percy Jackson series. He helped develop the ten books of The 39 Clues series and wrote the first book in the series, The Maze of Bones.[3] In 2012, he completed a trilogy focusing on Egyptian mythology, The Kane Chronicles, and, in 2014, completed The Heroes of Olympus, the sequel to the Percy Jackson series that focuses on Roman and Greek mythology. He is also planning to write a series based on Norse mythology.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Riordan was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, graduating from Alamo Heights High School. He then graduated from the University of Texas. He taught English and Social Studies for eight years at Presidio Hill School in San Francisco.

Riordan has created several successful book series. The multi-award-winning[5] Tres Navarre mystery series for adults follows the fast-paced adventures of an erudite Texan private eye. His Percy Jackson and the Olympians series features a twelve-year-old who discovers he is the modern-day son of the ancient Greek god, Poseidon. Twentieth Century Fox purchased the film rights and released a feature film February 12, 2010. Following the success of Percy Jackson, Riordan created The Kane Chronicles, which features a modern-day Egyptian pantheon and two new sibling protagonists. Its first book, The Red Pyramid, was released May 4, 2010; the sequel, The Throne Of Fire, was released May 3, 2011.[6] The third and final book in the Kane Chronicles, The Serpent's Shadow, was released May 1, 2012. Riordan also created a sequel series to the Percy Jackson books, The Heroes of Olympus. Its first book, The Lost Hero, was released in the U.S. October 12, 2010; the sequel, The Son of Neptune, was released October 4, 2011, the third book in the series, The Mark of Athena, was released October 2, 2012, the fourth book The House of Hades was released on October 8, 2013, and the fifth book, The Blood of Olympus was released Fall 2014. The Sword of Summer is being released in Summer 2015. Riordan expanded both series simultaneously; while he has completed The Kane Chronicles trilogy, he continues to write The Heroes of Olympus, a pentalogy. Riordan also helped create the children's book series The 39 Clues; he authored several of its books, including The Maze of Bones, which topped the New York Times Best Seller list on September 28, 2008.[7] Riordan plans to publish another series based on Norse mythology in 2015. He later revealed that the series will be set in Boston, Massachusetts, and that there would be the concept of demigods.[8][9]

The San Diego Comic-Con International 2010 featured Riordan as a guest.[10] Riordan lives in Boston with his wife, Becky, and their two sons Patrick and Haley, who inspired his Percy Jackson series, as a bedtime story.[8][11]


Percy Jackson & the Olympians[edit]

  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 Heroes of Olympus[edit]

Main article: 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)

Graphic novels[edit]

  1. The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel (2010)
  2. The Sea of Monsters Graphic Novel (2013)
  3. The Titan's Curse Graphic Novel (2013)
  4. The Lost Hero Graphic Novel (2010)

Related books[edit]

  1. The Demigod Files (2009)
  2. The Demigod Diaries (2012)
  3. Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods (2014)
  4. Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes (2015)

The Kane Chronicles[edit]

Main article: The Kane Chronicles
  1. The Red Pyramid (2010)
  2. The Throne of Fire (2011)
  3. The Serpent's Shadow (2012)
  4. The Kane Chronicles Survival Guide (2012)
  5. The Red Pyramid Graphic Novel (2012)

The 39 Clues series[edit]

Main article: The 39 Clues
  1. The Maze of Bones (2008)
  2. Introduction to The 39 Clues: The Black Book of Buried Secrets (2010)
  3. Vespers Rising (2011)

Tres Navarre series[edit]

  1. Big Red Tequila (1997)
  2. The Widower's Two-Step (1998)
  3. The Last King of Texas (2001)
  4. The Devil Went Down to Austin (2002)
  5. Southtown (2004)
  6. Mission Road (2005)
  7. Rebel Island (2008)

Stand alone novels[edit]

  1. Cold Springs (2004)

Camp Half-Blood/Kane Chronicles crossovers[edit]

  1. The Son of Sobek (2013)
  2. The Staff of Serapis (2014)
  3. The Crown of Ptolemy (2015)

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard[edit]

The series is about Norse Mythology. The last name of the main character "Chase", has been revealed but as non-coincidental to Annabeth's surname.

  1. The Sword of Summer (10.8.2015)[12]



  1. ^ "Rick Riordan ID Card". Puffin Books. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ "About the Author". powells.com. Retrieved November 12, 2009. 
  3. ^ Italie, Hillel (September 1, 2008). "'Potter' publisher looks to promote next big thing". Fox News Channel. Retrieved April 26, 2009. 
  4. ^ Springen, Karen (May 31, 2012). "Rick Riordan Makes His 'Mark'". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved June 3, 2012. a cruise to the Baltic and Scandinavian countries last summer provided fodder for Riordan’s upcoming Norse series 
  5. ^ a b "Big Red Tequila". Powells Bookstore. Retrieved April 26, 2009. 
  6. ^ Minzesheimer, Bob; Craig Wilson (January 13, 2011). "Book Buzz: Riordan's 'Fire' ignites May 3 and a big week for e-books". USA Today. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Children's Books". The New York Times. September 28, 2008. Retrieved April 26, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b Riordan, Rick (January 26, 2014). "Mystery man". Boston Globe. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ Riordan, Rick. "Frequently Asked Questions". The Online World of Rick Riordan. Retrieved June 3, 2012. The Norse series is tentatively slated to start in 2015. 
  10. ^ "SD Comic-Con '10 - Schedule for Sunday (7/25)". Dread Central. July 11, 2010. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  11. ^ Williams, Sally (February 8, 2010). "Percy Jackson: My boy's own adventure". The Guardian. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  12. ^ Rought, Karen (October 14, 2013). "Rick Riordan talks about upcoming projects during 'House of Hades' book tour". Hypable. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Edgar Allan Poe Awards". book.consumerhelpweb.com. Retrieved April 26, 2009. 
  14. ^ a b "Mark Twain Award Previous Winners". Missouri Association of School Librarians. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  15. ^ Riordan, Rick. "2009 Rebecca Caudill Award - Acceptance Letter from Rick Riordan" (PDF). Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  16. ^ Jones, Trevelyn; Luann Toth; Marlene Charnizon; Daryl Grabarek; Joy Fleishhacker (December 1, 2010). "Best Books 2010". School Library Journal. Archived from the original on January 1, 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  17. ^ a b "Children's Choice Book Awards Winners Announced!". Children’s Book Council. May 3, 2011. Archived from the original on September 29, 2011. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Soaring Eagle Book Award - Nominated Authors 1986 - 2014 Nominees" (PDF). Campbell County Public Library System. p. 5. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Previous Winners". The Milner Award. Retrieved June 4, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Indian Paintbrush Book Award by Author Name 1986 - 2014 Nominees" (PDF). Campbell County Public Library System. p. 8. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Art at Our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers and Artists featuring Riordan. Edited by Nan Cuba and Riley Robinson (Trinity University Press, 2008).

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