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Monday 26 June 2023

Junior Review: The Sun and The Star

Nico Di Angelo is more than used to the Demigod lifestyle. He was the son of Hades - nothing came easily. 

Gruesome monsters appearing at every turn? Easy. Another quest? Predictable. So, Nico is hardly surprised when he is berated with vivid nightmares and a tortured voice, especially when he suspects it is being sent from the underworld by his old friend, Bob the Titan. 

Now that a prophecy has been sent his way and the nightmares are getting worse, Nico has no doubt about it - he must go deep into Tartarus and rescue Bob.

Nico’s boyfriend Will Solace, son of Apollo, does not want to see him go alone. But Nico doesn’t even know if Will can survive a place as dark and horrendous as Tartarus, the farthest place from the sun. 

Plus, Nico is afraid of Will’s inability to accept the darkness and his hesitation toward entering Nico’s second home. Will this lead to the destruction of their relationship? Nico isn’t sure he could bear another loved one being ripped from him by cruel fate. And with the prophecy telling him he will have to leave something behind, Nico knows that the quest that looms ahead will end in disaster.

I really enjoyed this book. As a massive fan of Rick Riordan’s books, I was looking forward to reading The Sun and The Star ever since I heard of its upcoming release. 

As with Riordan’s other books, it is the perfect blend of romance and adventure while also discussing really deep topics such as PTSD and trauma. I have always loved the amount of representation Rick Riordan includes in his novels, and I was overjoyed to experience another layer of inclusivity in his books. I highly recommend this book to anyone 9 and above.

This is another title from the World of Percy Jackson series. Read Lily's review of Trials of Apollo: The Tower of Nero for more exciting adventures from Riordan.

Title: The Sun and The Star
Author: Rick Riordan and Mark Oshiro
Illustrator: Khadijah Khatib
Publisher: Puffin, $24.99
Publication Date: 2 May 2023
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9708241627686
For ages: 9+
Type: Middle Grade Fiction