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Rick Riordan is an American author. He is best known for his mythology-themed series of children's books, which have granted him the epithet "Myth Master".

His works include:

Under the Rick Riordan Presents imprint, he edits the following series, with more to be announcednote :

  • Pandava series; by Roshani Chokshi (Hindu Mythology)
    • Aru Shah and the End of Time (March 27, 2018)
    • Aru Shah and the Song of Death (April 16, 2019)
    • Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes (April 7, 2020)
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    • Aru Shah and the City of Gold (April 2021)
    • Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality (April 2022)
  • Storm Runner trilogy; by Jennifer C. Cervantes (Mayan Mythology; Aztec Mythology)
    • The Storm Runner (September 18, 2018)
    • The Fire Keeper (September 3, 2019)
    • The Shadow Crosser (September 1, 2020)
  • Throne of Sand duology; by Jennifer C. Cervantes (Aztec Mythology, spinoff of Storm Runner trilogy)
    • Throne of Sand (2022)
    • Untitled sequel (2023)
  • Thousand Worlds series; by Yoon Ha Lee (Korean Mythology)
  • Sal & Gabi duology; by Carlos Hernandez (Cuban Mythology)
    • Sal & Gabi Break the Universe (March 5, 2019)
    • Sal & Gabi Fix the Universe (May 5, 2020)
  • Tristan Strong trilogy; by Kwame Mbalia (West African/African American Mythology)
    • Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (October 15, 2019)
    • Tristan Strong Destroys the World (October 6, 2020)
    • Tristan Strong Keeps Punching (October 5, 2021)
  • Race to the Sun (January 14, 2020); by Rebecca Roanhorse (Navajo Mythology)
  • Paola Santiago series; by Tehlor Kay Mejia (Mexican Mythology)
    • Paola Santiago and the River of Tears (August 4, 2020)
    • Paolo Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares (May 2021)
    • Paola Santiago and the Sanctuary of Shadows (2022)
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  • City of the Plague God (January 5, 2021); by Sarwat Chadda (Mesopotamian Mythology)
  • The Gifted Clans trilogy; by Graci Kim (Korean Mythology)
    • The Last Fallen Star (May 2021)
    • Untitled second book (2022)
    • Untitled third book (2023)
  • Pahua and the Soul Stealer (September 7, 2021); by Lori M. Lee (Hmong Mythology)
  • The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities: New Stories About Mythic Heroes (September 28, 2021)note 
  • Serwa Boateng series; by Roseanne A. Brown (Ghanaian Mythology)
    • Serwa Boateng's Guide to Vampire Hunting (2022)
    • Untitled sequel (2023)
  • Outlaw Saints duology; by Daniel José Older (Santeria Mythology)note 
    • Ballad & Dagger (2022)note 
    • Untitled sequel
  • Winston Chu series; by Stacey Lee (Chinese Mythology)
    • Winston Chu Versus the Whimsies (Fall 2022)
    • Untitled sequel
  • Moko Magic duology; by Tracey Baptiste (Caribbean Mythology)
    • Moko Magic (2023)
    • Untitled sequel (2024)

Tropes common in his works:

  • Alliterative Name: His full name, too; it's Richard Russell Riordan, Jr.
  • All Myths Are True: In the case of his books, Classical, Egyptian and Norse Mythology co-exist in the same universe. There is also a mention of Jesus and Moses is confirmed to exist, though his characters remain officially agnostic on the existence of a "Capital-G God."
    • Apollo references the Aztec gods during his own series, as well as the Chinese, Thai and Babylonian. A Yoruba Pantheon Demigod also appears in Book 2.
  • Cliffhanger: Has a reputation for these (though more often he simply leaves some plot threads unresolved to be built on in later books, which some confuse for this trope).
  • Deadpan Snarker: He writes a lot of these. He's also quite the snarker himself, if his Twitter account is anything to go by.
  • Fan Nickname: Is sometimes referred to as "Uncle Rick" by fans.
  • First Person Smart Ass: He likes this trope and uses it semi-frequently
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Oh yes. With four distinct groups of heroes and their respective villains, this is to be expected.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: Though he's pretty clever at it, making the blend of ancient mythology and the modern world complex and entertaining.
  • Shown Their Work: Riordan certainly does his research, though he sometimes juggles things around for Artistic License, and the fact that many of the myths have different variations and are often open to interpretations.
  • Signature Style: His best-known books often put mythological figures in a modern-day setting and have a lot of humor to them while still making it a fantasy adventure.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: His books are on the idealistic end of the scale.
  • Troll: The fandom is fond of calling him one, due to his penchant for cliffhangers. He takes it well, though.
    House of Hades dedication page: To my wonderful readers: Sorry about that last cliffhanger. Well, no, not really. HAHAHAHA. But seriously, I love you guys.
  • World of Badass: To be expected when the world has four distinct groups of heroes who get involved in epic battles with their respective villains. And that's not even counting the gods, monsters or other creatures, heroes of the past, and non-protagonist characters all with their own (albeit not always as interesting) adventures and abilities.
  • World of Snark: Contributing to plenty Funny Moments.


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