Rick Riordan Biography

Rick Riordan


Type: Novelist

Born: June 5, 1964, San Antonio, Texas


Born in San Antonio, Texas, Riordan was working as an English and social studies teacher in San Francisco when he conceived the idea for the "Percy Jackson series" as bedtime stories about ancient Greek heroes for his son Haley. Haley had been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, inspiring Riordan to make the titular protagonist ADHD/dyslexic. Riordan published the first novel in the series, "The Lightning Thief" in 2005. Four sequels followed, the last, "The Last Olympian" in 2009. "Prior to Percy Jackson", Riordan had written the "Tres Navarres series", a series of mystery novels for adult readers.

Since then, Riordan has written "The Kane Chronicles trilogy" and "The Heroes of Olympus series". "The Kane Chronicle"s, focusing on Egyptian mythology and siblings Sadie and Carter Kane, began with "The Red Pyramid "(2010) and concluded with "The Serpent's Shadow" (2012). "The Heroes of Olympus", the sequel to the Percy Jackson series based on Greco-Roman mythology, kicked off with "The Lost Hero "(2010) and ended four books later with "The Blood of Olympus" (2014). Riordan also helped Scholastic Press develop "The 39 Clues series" and its spinoffs, and penned its first book, "The Maze of Bones" (2008). The first book of his "Magnus Chase" and the "Gods of Asgard series" based on Norse mythology, "The Sword of Summer", was published October 2015 with a second book, "The Hammer of Thor", planned for October 2016. The first book of his "The Trials of Apollo series" based on Greek mythology, "The Hidden Oracle", is scheduled for May 2016.


  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians
  • The Lightning Thief (2005)
  • The Sea of Monsters (2006)
  • The Titan's Curse (2007)
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth (2008)
  • The Last Olympian (2009)
  • The Demigods of Olympus
  • The Two Headed Guidance Counselor (2014)
  • The Library of Deadly Weapons (2014)
  • My Demon Satyr Tea Party (2015)
  • My Personal Zombie Apocalypse (2015; only published in compilation)

Related books:

  • The Demigod Files (2009)
  • The Demigod Diaries (2012)
  • Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo (2013; short story published in Guys Read)
  • Percy Jackson's Greek Gods (2014)
  • Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes (2015)
  • The Heroes of Olympus:

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

    Graphic novels:

    • The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel (2010)
    • The Sea of Monsters Graphic Novel (2013)
    • The Titan's Curse Graphic Novel (2013)
    • The Lost Hero Graphic Novel (2014)
    • The Red Pyramid Graphic Novel (2012)
    • The Throne of Fire Graphic Novel (2015)

    The Kane Chronicles:

      Main article: The Kane Chronicles
    • The Red Pyramid (2010)
    • The Throne of Fire (2011)
    • The Serpent's Shadow (2012)
    • The 39 Clues series
    • Main article: The 39 Clues
    • The Maze of Bones (2008)
    • Introduction to The 39 Clues: The Black Book of Buried Secrets (2010)
    • Vespers Rising (2011, in collaboration with Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson)

    Tres Navarre series:

    • Big Red Tequila (1997)
    • The Widower's Two-Step (1998)
    • The Last King of Texas (2001)
    • The Devil Went Down to Austin (2002)
    • Southtown (2004)
    • Mission Road (2005)
    • Rebel Island (2008)

    Stand alone novels:

    • Cold Springs (2004)
    • Camp Half-Blood/Kane Chronicles crossover series:
    • The Son of Sobek (2013)
    • The Staff of Serapis (2014)
    • The Crown of Ptolemy (2015)
    • Demigods and Magicians (Compilation, Scheduled for April 5, 2016)

    Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard:

    • The Sword of Summer (2015)
    • The Hammer of Thor (Scheduled for Oct 4, 2016)
    • The Trials of Apollo
    • The Hidden Oracle (Scheduled for May 3, 2016)

Rick Riordan Quotes

Be careful of love. It'll twist your brain around and leave you thinking up is down
Be careful of love. It'll twist your brain around and leave you thinking up is down and right is wrong.

It's hard to enjoy practical jokes when your whole life feels like one.

The world was collapsing, and the only thing that really mattered to me was that she was alive.

Afterward, I had the last laugh. I made an air bubble at the bottom of the lake. Our friends kept waiting for us to come up, but hey-when you are the son of Poseidon, you don't have to hurry. And it was pretty much the best underwater kiss of all time.

She held up her calloused, grimy fingers. Leo couldn't help thinking there was nothing hotter than a girl who didn't mind getting her hands dirty. But of course, that was just a general comment. Didn't apply to Calypso. Obviously.

She had to go on this quest. The fate of the world might depend on it. But part of him wanted to say: Forget the world. He didn’t want to be without her.

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