Riordanverse: A Percy Jackson Reading Order, with The Kane Chronicles, Magnus Chase and more

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The Riordanverse is the name given to the world created by Rick Riordan, where gods exists and moved to America in modern times.

Reading the Percy Jackson Universe (or Riordanverse) in Order

The Riordanverse started with the Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series and is still expanding. You can choose to read the books by main series, or follow the chronological order that you’ll find way below!

Rick Riordan Books in order by main series

Percy Jackson & the Olympians

This is where the adventure begins! Percy Jackson & The Olympians is the first series from Rick Riordan in his mythological franchise, the first in the Camp Half-Blood series and the first to read!

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Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he goes to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. He then discovers a much bigger world…

The Lightning Thief (2005)
The Sea of Monsters (2006)
The Titan’s Curse (2007)
The Battle of the Labyrinth (2008)
The Last Olympian (2009)

Companion Books

Demigods and Monsters (2008)
The Demigod Files (2009) – contains three short stories.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Ultimate Guide (2010)

Graphic Novels

The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel (2010, in collaboration with Robert Venditti, Nate Powell, and Jose Villarrubia)
The Sea of Monsters Graphic Novel (2013, in collaboration with Robert Venditti, Attila Futaki, and Tamas Gaspar)
The Titan’s Curse Graphic Novel (2013, in collaboration with Robert Venditti, Attila Futaki, and Gregory Guilhaumond)

The Heroes of Olympus

The Sequel series to Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, The Heroes of Olympus focuses on Greek-Roman mythology (instead of only Greek mythology).

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When Jason, Piper and Leo crash land at Camp Half-Blood, they have no idea what to expect. Apparently, this is the only safe place for children of the Greek Gods – despite the monsters roaming the woods and demigods practicing archery with flaming arrows and explosives. But rumors of a terrible curse – and a missing hero – are flying around camp. It seems Jason, Piper and Leo are the chosen ones to embark on a terrifying new quest, which they must complete by the winter solstice. In just four days time. Can the trio succeed on this deadly mission – and what must they sacrifice in order to survive?

The Lost Hero (2010)
The Son of Neptune (2011)
The Mark of Athena (2012)
The House of Hades (2013)
The Blood of Olympus (2014)

Companion Books

The Demigod Diaries (2012) – contains four short stories.

Graphic Novels

The Lost Hero Graphic Novel (2014, in collaboration with Robert Venditti, Nate Powell, and Orpheus Collar)
The Son of Neptune Graphic Novel (2017, in collaboration with Robert Venditti, Antoine Dode, and Orpheus Collar)

The Kane Chronicles

The world of Rick Riordan extends with The Kane Chronicles, an adventure trilogy that centers on Egyptian mythology. The Egyptian gods exist in the same world as the Greek gods, and the trilogy contains some references to the Camp Half-Blood series but is mostly independent. Can also be read before The Heroes of Olympus.

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Carter and Sadie Kane’s dad is a brilliant Egyptologist with a secret plan that goes horribly wrong. An explosion shatters the ancient Rosetta stone and unleashes Set, the evil god of chaos. Set imprisons Dr Kane in a golden coffin and Carter and Sadie must run for their lives. To save their dad, they embark on a terrifying quest from Cairo to Paris to the American Southwest and discover the truth about their family’s connection to the House of Life: an Egyptian temple of magic that has existed for thousands of years. The pharaohs of ancient Egypt are far from dead and buried. And so, unfortunately, are their gods….

The Red Pyramid (2010)
The Throne of Fire (2011)
The Serpent’s Shadow (2012)

Graphic Novels

The Red Pyramid Graphic Novel (2012, adapted by Orpheus Collar)
The Throne of Fire Graphic Novel (2015, adapted by Orpheus Collar)
The Serpent’s Shadow Graphic Novel (2017, adapted by Orpheus Collar)

Demigods & Magicians: Percy and Annabeth Meet the Kanes

Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase meet Carter and Sadie Kane in Demigods & Magicians, a book of three short stories. You need to have read both The Kane Chronicles and Percy Jackson and the Olympians/The Heroes of Olympus before.

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Magic, monsters, and mayhem abound when Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase meet Carter and Sadie Kane for the first time. Weird creatures are appearing in unexpected places, and the demigods and magicians have to team up to take them down. As they battle with Celestial Bronze and glowing hieroglyphs, the four heroes find that they have a lot in common–and more power than they ever thought possible. But will their combined forces be enough to foil an ancient enemy who is mixing Greek and Egyptian incantations for an evil purpose?

Demigods & Magicians (2016)
Contains three short stories: The Son of Sobek (2013), The Staff of Serapis (2014), The Crown of Ptolemy (2015)

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard is a new series in the Riordanverse, inspired by north mythology. The events depicted in the series take place at the same time as those in The Trials of Apollo. Be aware that reading separately, it may contain spoilers.

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Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he barely knows―a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants, and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

The Sword of Summer (2015)
The Hammer of Thor (2016)
The Ship of the Dead (2017)

Companion Books

Hotel Valhalla Guide to the Norse Worlds (2016)
9 from the Nine Worlds (2018)

The Trials of Apollo

Like said above, The Trials of Apollo takes place at the same time as the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series.

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After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor. But Apollo has many enemies―gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

The Hidden Oracle (2016)
The Dark Prophecy (2017)
The Burning Maze (2018)
The Tyrant’s Tomb (2019)
The Tower of Nero (2020)

Companion Books

Camp Jupiter Classified: A Probatio’s Journal (2020)

Percy Jackson Legendary Book Set, available at Juniper Books

Rick Riordan Books in Chronological Order

The Demigod Diaries: Diary of Luke Castellan
The Lightning Thief (2005)
The Sea of Monsters (2006)
The Titan’s Curse (2007)
The Demigod Files: Percy Jackson and the Stolen Chariot
The Battle of the Labyrinth (2008)
The Demigod Files: Percy Jackson and The Bronze Dragon
The Demigod Files: Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades
The Last Olympian (2009)
Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo (this short story can also be found in the paperback version of The Hidden Oracle)
The Demigod Diaries: The Staff of Hermes
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods (2014) (collection of stories from Greek mythology told from Percy Jackson’s point of view)
The Lost Hero (2010)
The Red Pyramid (2010)
The Demigod Diaries: Leo Valdez and the Quest for Buford
The Throne of Fire (2011)
The Demigod Diaries: Son of Magic
The Son of Neptune (2011)
The Mark of Athena (2012)
The House of Hades (2013)
The Blood of Olympus (2014)
The Serpent’s Shadow (2012)
Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes (2015) (collection of stories from Greek mythology told from the point of view of Percy Jackson)
The Son of Sobek (collected in Demigods & Magicians)
The Staff of Serapis (collected in Demigods & Magicians)
The Crown of Ptolemy (collected in Demigods & Magicians)
The Sword of Summer (2015)
The Hidden Oracle (2016)
Camp Half-Blood Confidential (2017) (a guide book about Camp Half-Blood)
Brooklyn House Magician’s Manual (2018) (a guide book about Magicians and Egyptian Gods)
Camp Jupiter Classified: A Probatio’s Journal (2020)
The Dark Prophecy (2017)
The Hammer of Thor (2016)
The Burning Maze (2018)
The Tyrant’s Tomb (2019)
The Ship of the Dead (2017)
The Tower of Nero (2020)
9 from the Nine Worlds (2018)
Un Natale Mezzosangue (2020) (short story in italian also known as A Half-Blood Christmas)

Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Disney Hyperion edition

More about the Percy Jackson series and the Riordanverse

Does the Riordanverse need to be read in order?

You don’t have to follow the chronological order, but you should read each series in order, and don’t forget to read the first three series — Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, and Kane Chronicles — in that order. Magnus Chase and Trial of Apollo takes place at the same time, though you can read it in the order you want. It doesn’t mean you will not encounter a few little spoilers, but nothing that will impact your enjoyment!

And of course, some characters like Percy or Annabel appear in other books!

Has the Riordanverse ended?

Not at all! On the contrary, the Riordanverse is still expanding to this day!

One inspiration behind the Riordanverse

There is no secret here: Rick Riordan is inspired by Greek mythology! To be more precise, the author reveals in an interview with the American Library Association that it was for his son that he wrote his first Percy Jackson book:

JL: You started out writing mysteries for adults. How did you end up switching to writing for children? Did the experience of writing mysteries help you with plotting and writing the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and the 39 Clues books?
RIORDAN: My oldest son was nine years old when he became interested in Greek mythology. He asked me to make up a new story for him. The Lightning Thief began as a bedtime story, and my son urged me to write it down. The next thing I knew, I was a children’s author. My early mysteries were definitely great practice for writing my young-adult books, especially The Maze of Bones, which is a YA thriller.

Is there an adaptation of the Percy Jackson book series?

At the beginning of the noughties, the two first Percy Jackson books were adapted in live-action movies with Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson, Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth Chase, and Jake Abel as Luke Castellan:

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013), a sequel to the first movie

Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series is now adapted as a television series for the streaming service Disney+, with Walker Scobell as Percy Jackson, Leah Sava Jeffries as Annabeth Chase, and Aryan Simhadri as Grover Underwood. It is scheduled to premiere in 2024!

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, soon on Disney+

About the author of the Percy Jackson series

Who is Rick Riordan?

Best known for the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, Rick Riordan an American author born on June 5, 1964 in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.

He first studied music at North Texas State University, because he wanted to be a guitarist, before being transferred to the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied English and History. He then became a teacher.

Rick Riordan’s first book was not a children’s story but a fast-paced crime titled Big Red Tequila. It was the first in a series of seven books (the last one was released in 2008).

His real breakthrough was The Lightning Thief (2005), the first novel in the five-volume Percy Jackson and the Olympians series based on Greek mythology. Since then, Rick Riordan wrote two sequels, and two other trilogies taking place in the same universe, as well as several short stories and companion books. A whole franchise has grogrownw into what is sometimes known as the Riordanverse.

What has he written beyond the Percy Jackson series?

As said above, Rick Riordan didn’t start his career with Percy Jackson but as a writer of mystery books for adult with the Tres Navarre series.

He also participated in the 39 Clues, an adventure novel series conceived by Scholastic. He wrote the first book, The Maze of Bones, and penned a plotline for the eleventh and final book of the original series, Vespers Rising.

What to read after Percy Jackson?

For more mythology books, look no further than Rick Riordan Presents, a book imprint that explore the mythology of various cultures and countries. It includes!:
The Pandava Quintet by Roshani Chokshi
Tristan Strong series by Kwame Mbalia
The Thousand Worlds series by Yoon Ha Lee

Following is other suggestions of book series you could like if you like Percy Jackson:
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy