Ares sits back and wishes he would get on with it since he's betting money on the outcome. The group enters a huge cavern, and Nico asks Will for light. Apollo promises he will bring the arrow back to the grove once his journey has finally ended. Apollo starts to laugh and says that Lu has immortality because Nero does and that the two of them had been connected for centuries. Most of the troglodytes had vanished, Demeter's Cabin were figuring out how to get the wounded dryads back to camp, and the barbarians grappling with being human again. This is subtly telling him that he should enter the dreamscape to figure out info on both. He then asks where Rachel is and Nico replies that she's okay and was having visions like crazy. Eight virtual stops and eleven very special and cunning guests stand in the way! Apollo tries to pry to fasces apart to no avail and Rachel tells him he needs to hurry up. Apollo confirms this saying he doesn't know how he's going to do this. Apollo first talks with Sherman Yang from the Ares's Cabin who tells him a frontal attack would be suicide. They run out and Apollo hides as Meg and Lu fight. Apollo says that he is not and Rachel joins the conversation saying she can't see the outcome but he needs to try. Annabeth talks about focusing on environmental design at UC Berkeley while dual enrolling at New Rome University. They are interrupted as the troglodytes hear noise from above. Apollo keeps Python trapped in the Styx knowing he would be much more dangerous on land. He says goodbye to Will, Nico, Rachel, Kayla, Austin, and Chiron. Finally, Apollo speaks and apologizes for what happened. Line 1 talks about the final obstacle Apollo would face on his to reclaiming his godhood. Apollo recognizes the voice of the dryad passing along a message to the people in the room talking about some sort of burning that will start when Nero finishes up some issues. Rick Riordan, dubbed "storyteller of the gods" by Publishers Weekly, is the author of five #1 New York Times best-selling middle grade series with millions of copies sold throughout the world: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, and the Trials of Apollo, based on Greek and Roman mythology; the Kane Chronicles, based on Ancient Egyptian mythology; and Magnus Chase … He speaks with the Arrow of Dodona, who sides with Meg, and he reluctantly agrees to go to Percy Jackson for help. Meg says they have time and a lot of support to which Apollo says they need her. Nero instructs the boy to take the scimitars and chop off Lu's hands. They have no time to talk as another creature appears in front of them and Nico moves to take care of it. Later he meets up with Lavinia who made good on her promise of teaching the Fifth Cohort how to tap dance. He sees Will tending to Nico's wounds while Screech-Bling summons more troglodytes into the room who take on the emperor's forces. Rick Riordan, dubbed "storyteller of the gods" by Publishers Weekly, is the author of five #1 New York Times best-selling middle grade series with millions of copies sold throughout the world: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, and the Trials of Apollo, based on Greek and Roman mythology; the Kane Chronicles, based on Ancient Egyptian mythology; and Magnus Chase … Nero then tried to appeal to Rachel and says that he can convince Python to restore her powers and that he'll destroy the future of their kind. One of the dryads hesitates and as a result gets lit on fire by her demigod keeper. He sees most the imperial children throwing things in rage or being consoled by children of Aphrodite and Hypnos. Nero thanks their guide and Apollo realizes that he's enslaving dryads as a power move. He channels all his remaining strength into his hands and bends one leg to knee Python in the chin. Nero grabs another incorrect remote and is left with just one more remote. They wonder if they can take the rest or wait them out, but Apollo demonstrates their indestructible hide as Rachel points out they waited for days without food or water. Mr. D finds this amusing but Apollo says that faith allows them to write their own stories and turn sour grapes into wine. Through all the rubble and dust Apollo can see Nico di Angelo commanding a bull. Apollo and Meg McCaffrey are in the quiet car of an Amtrak pulling out of Union Station in Washington, D.C. to head to New York City. As Apollo struggles to breathe he sees Meg across the room fighting barehanded with Aemillia and another one of the missing demigods. Meg and Apollo can't harm the first bull despite their efforts and a second bull breaks free from the pack to come and attack them as well. At last they end up in the main room where he sees Lu sitting in a rocking chair. “The Tower of Nero” is a novel that will make your day.“Rick Riordan “ is the author of this impressive novel.Rick dubbed “storyteller of the gods” by Publishers Weekly, is the author of five New York Times best-selling middle-grade series with millions of copies sold throughout the world. At last, the breathtaking, action packed-finale of the #1 bestselling Trials of Apollo is here! John Rocco Lest could also refer to a shortened version of Apollo's mortal name as "Lester" somewhat dies during this ordeal. He suspects Apollo's surrender falls under one of these bad acts. There's a layer of dust on his throne and in stables he sees his horses who are happy to see him. Apollo enjoys the night before his journey at the campfire where he feels at ease. Also, Meg’s shoes stink. Apollo must follow through with Lu's plan and give himself up to Nero. He then asks about his friends and Artemis reassures him that she sent them all clear omens of his success. He pulls out a notepad and asks if anyone else has last minute bets. Nero tells the people around them to tie Lu's wounds so she doesn't die easily. Apollo loses track of Will, Nico, and Rachel as a bull lands right in front of him. At last, Leo tells Apollo that she's doing good is flourishing in high school. Quantity: 0 available / 2 sold. The lack of oxygen causes him to hallucinate a bit as he goes down. This enrages Python as he barrels towards Apollo telling him to never interrupt a prophecy. All the doors are reinforced by celestial bronze. He thanks the trees for giving him the Arrow as a guide and without its help he would have failed and wouldn't have been able to defeat Python. They're heading back to where their troubles began: Manhattan. This finally pushes Meg over the edge and she orders the dryads to stop. The broken promise on the river styx is brought up again and he is punished with slowly dissolving. Apollo scrambles away in panic and as a result doesn't hear the prophecy. Available Formats Print. She brings them to her room and shows them three cattle cars filled with live stock in the neighboring rail yard. This will put them 50 feet from Nero's tower. The battle for Camp Jupiter is over. 1 Two-headed snake dude Jamming up my quiet ride. Rachel shrugs and says he's already chosen his kind and it wasn't humanity. He takes off the laurel wreath on his head since he feels like he does not deserve it. Apollo goes over to the creature under the guise of using the bathroom and as he gets close, it grabs him. Apollo draws his bow and arrows and takes out the germani who shot at him in the first place. Apollo asks Rachel to give him the fasces and Lu asks if can even wield it without killing himself. He sees that Piper is on the left and a young lady with short dark hair, with a rhinestone nose stud on the right. When Apollo pretends to go the bathroom, he grabs the creature who gives him the next part, Must show you the secret way to the throne, The next line of the terza rima comes from the Gray Sisters during Meg and Apollo's ride to Camp Half Blood, A dare receives the path that was unknown. Apollo selects dry clothing while Paul explains the effort Percy put into getting his high school diploma. He watches Meg spend the day with her siblings in the Demeter Cabin who are planting squash. The germani bring Nico to his feet and drag him to the throne, while the rest of the imperial family point their weapons at Meg. #1 New York Times best-selling series. When they enter, Apollo sees the place in chaos and notes that the dryads have risen up against Nero. Will Meg have a last showdown with her father? Nico instructs the bull to go attack Nero and everything turns into chaos in Nero's ranks. Meg smiles when she sees him and says that he's back. Apollo catches his bull in a tarp while Meg is in a game of tag with her bull. however Lu says it is guarded by something. He seals the tunnel to keep the tauri off of their scents for a while. His underlying goal of these rounds is to see if there is any possibility of not executing Lu's plan. Apollo divides himself so he could quite literally be in multiple places at once and sends one to take care of his daily ride across the sky. After they're done talking, the elevator doors open and they are placed at the top. He appears on the roof and at the edge of the roof he can see two people sitting shoulder to shoulder. Will senses that he's still thinking about Tartarus and Nico says that this is unfinished buisness. Apollo can tell that the dryads hearts aren't in the fight. The Trials of Apollo is a pentalogy of fantasy adventure and mythological fiction novels written by American author Rick Riordan that collectively form a sequel to the Heroes of Olympus series. preceded by Sherman says this is a possible and if Nero does own one it would most likely be underground. Will this helpless form of Apollo have to face his arch nemesis, Python? They part ways as he makes his way to Meg's room, knocking out a mortal security guard and incinerating a pair of Germani in the process. Rachel comes too and they run just as the mansion collapses. Due to splitting himself, he can't remember the order all these encounters but he knows they all happen. He offers Apollo Meg's rings and Apollo, feeling pity for him, lets him go. Robbie Daymond will narrate the audiobook.. "The Tower of Nero is the quintessential cherry on top of 'The Trials of Apollo' sundae series." He grabs Nico's hand and says they would do this together with or without a prophecy. He does and he expects no mercy. Apollo realizes the clock on his mortal life is being reduced even further as he hauls himself into a vertical crack. They reach camp and he sees Dionysus petting Peleus on Half-Blood Hill. Zeus studies him and declares that he's returned. Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, the Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. Lester‘s final challenge will be at the Tower of Nero, back in New York. This is the only way as a bluff wouldn't work as long as Python is in charge of the Oracle. Apollo confirms that Python is gone and Zeus says that he is satisfied. Just when he starts to feel truly alone he remembers the Arrow of Dodona and they start to chat. They must face the last emperor, the terrifying Nero, and destroy him once and for all. The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan • Book 5 of the Trials of Apollo Series. Once the Council is dismissed, only Zeus and Apollo are left in the room. After doing so, it snaps out of a trance and is shot with an arrow and killed. Buy Now. Now the former god and his demigod master Meg must follow a prophecy uncovered by Ella the harpy. Now the former god and his demigod master Meg must follow a prophecy uncovered by Ella the harpy. He instantly notices that she looks different. She says he's an old family friend and asks to be excused so they can chat. He says he's fresh out of unicorns but anytime someone wants to fire their best shot or is trying to put their emotions into a song or poem, know that he is smiling on them. Parents need to know that Rick Riordan 's The Tower of Nero is the fifth and final book in a series that's a spin-off of a Percy Jackson spin-off series. Afterwards, as Dionysus walks Meg and Apollo around camp, they see the camp filled with newly discovered demigods as they head to the Big House to meet with Will and Nico. She traded what the guardian needed, immortality. Python shifts forms and prepares to destroy Apollo until he hears a message from Delphi. In Rachel's house, Python takes over her body and gives the group the final part of the terza rima. With this, Rachel collapses and a loud crash can be heard. Meg says they should split up and rushes to take the second cow, leaving Apollo to deal with the first. He tells Dionysus he will have a happy ending too but he's not saying that as a god of prophecy but rather someone with faith. Styx smiles and tells him to hold onto that, but he wonders if she means the rock or the lesson. While the two fight, Apollo holds the door of the cabin shut, and with his newly acquired bow from Camp Jupiter, manages to disconnect the cabin they jumped into from the Germani's. The same bull splits him up from Meg and Grr-Fred. He puts her to sleep with a chloroform sheet as he prepares himself for the next steps. Nero tries to appeal to Meg next and says that he'll let her choose. Screech-Bling shows up in the doorway but Apollo gives him a subtle shake of the head to tell him to not get any closer. The Tower of Nero will bring about the conclusion to the Camp Half-Blood Chronicles series, and Hypable has the exclusive cover reveal as well … Apollo sees what he means by this when they get to the end of the hallway and are surrounded by all sorts of battles. As he is preparing, Austin and Kayla tell him they will be waiting on standby in case he needs help. He finds Dionysus sipping a diet coke and he takes a seat across from him. He decides to distract this bull so the toddler could run away, however this now makes him the new target. Apollo is not convinced they are real at first but accepts it as this might be their only hope. Apollo wishes he could offer more help but Will tells him it's okay that he's done his part already. This mansion is the, There's a reference to Rachel's proper debut book. The son of Hades, cavern-runner’s friend, Must show the way unto the throne. Rachel continues to check her watch that displays the time as 4:30. Line 14 talks about the final battle between Python and Nero. Apollo can't shake the demigod because he's too strong and as a desperate attempt shoves his thumb into his eyes and breaks free. Nero looks at her with pity and tells her that the dryads didn't have the courage or spirit to do what's necessary. Apollo spends a part of his day wandering the camp and observing the things going on. Dionysus shows them a letter he received regarding Nero’s threat and Meg reveals the plan they made with Lu, to which Dionysus is skeptical. Nico finally reveals that these "friends" are troglodytes. Nico lunges for his throat but gets backhanded with so much force that he flies twenty feet into the nearest pillar. The tow’r of Nero two alone ascend. Apollo remembers all of Nero's attempts to godhood and it makes him realize he can't destroy the fasces without a little godly help. He dodges but Python manages to take a chunk out of the floor where he was previously standing causing debris is fall around his head. He says Apollo knows what it is and what to do and that there is a price for bargaining with the guardian of the stars; ometimes you have to pay the price and sometimes you have to let other people do it. Meg explodes with some kind of green dust that coats everyone and everything in the throne room, as puts the flames from the torches out. The river saps Apollo's memories and starts to pry open the cracks in Lester. Lu explains that Nero used the Oracle of Delphi to see when they would reach the city and put teams on every train station, bus station, and airport to catch them when they do. Apollo's glow starts to fade noting that he was unharmed. He sees that only 7 imperial children are in the room and they're each holding a torch over a dryad pot. Apollo dreams of Lu being brought before Nero as he addresses eleven of his adopted demigod children. All signs of Python are now gone. When he returns back to the Apollo Cabin, he makes sure to restock on supplies for the journey ahead. What happens to them now is up to Nero. Apollo gives Meg her golden rings back and reminds her that she's stronger than Nero. Apollo finally finds Meg and sees her throwing a tantrum with a Germani watching her, trying to get her to pick out a dress. Who will be on hand at Camp Half-Blood to assist? After a while a troglodyte appears to take Nico to chat with Screech Bling. Frank turns around and shows Apollo that he finally mastered the trick with his cloak and turns it into a sweater which makes Apollo smile. Will Meg have a last showdown with her father? They head to breakfast and Apollo notices Nico sitting next to Mr. D and talking. 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