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. Olympus and Preparing for the Final Challenge, Visiting Old Friends and a Final Farewell. Apollo is still shocked that Hera is standing up for him when she's never done this before. His first stop is to see his horses. WHEN TRAVELING THROUGH WASHINGTON, DC, one expects to see a few snakes in human clothing. He compares it to the sun trying to break through storm clouds. Apollo can't enjoy this victory because he knows this was the end since he can't muster up enough strength to pull himself up. She reflects on the time she betrayed him at the very start of his journey back to godhood. 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. THE TOWER OF NERO From the Trials of Apollo series , Vol. Apollo can't disagree with this as he isn't his old godly self but he wasn't Lester either. When it seems like he is going to be dissolved all the way, he wakes up two weeks later on Mount Olympus. Nico leads Apollo to the Camp Half-Blood landing zone where the campers had set up command. Hera snaps at him saying that at least Apollo grieved and got vengeance. She runs over the Apollo and checks him over for injuries. Apollo puts down his bow and arrow and later his ukulele and backpack on the floor. Austin and Kayla reveal they know about Nero and want to help Apollo defeat him. But though the battle may have been won, the war is far from over. After dinner he sees Leo Valdez who had spent a whole day teaching homeless kids shop skills at a local shelter. Apollo promises he will bring the arrow back to the grove once his journey has finally ended. After they're done talking, the elevator doors open and they are placed at the top. He nocks another arrow and this time aims it at Nero's head. While still searching for him, Python reminds him that he's not a god. That was all Nero's doing and for that she hates him. The first series, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” focuses on an unlucky New York kid, Percy Jackson, who finds that the world of ancient Greece lives interspersed within the modern world, and that the father he never knew is Greek god Poseidon. The next dream brings him into a vault with golden doors where Nero's fasces was being held. Python and Apollo tumble to the edge of the waterfall and fall again into Tartarus. He says that he's proud of him and while Apollo has so many things to say to him, he keeps it short. Malcolm tells Apollo he can get this information for him... however it would take four weeks. Apollo dodges more bulls until he sees one cornering a toddler. On Nero’s own your lives now depend. Nico once again brings up his plan of doing damage using his friends underground. After they find a manhole cover to escape from, they emerge into a storm-drenched alley on the Upper East Side. Now the former god and his demigod master Meg must follow a prophecy uncovered by Ella the harpy. Line 3 refers to removing Python and freeing the oracle so the power of prophecy would be fully restored. Apollo is surprised by how pleasant the ride is as he expected to be dropped to his death when he first entered. Argus drives the gang over to Rachel's house but seems somewhat guarded. Quantity: 0 available / 2 sold. Lu explains that they should run out first with her just a few steps behind. He appears at the entrance of the sun palace and sees his valets are now gone. This causes him to jump as Dionysus appears and takes Seymour back to the Big House. Apollo remembers how to enlarge himself again and takes his throne. Rachel says they have been there since the other night and no one has brought them food or water. He offers Apollo Meg's rings and Apollo, feeling pity for him, lets him go. This restarts Apollo's inner conflict of his human side and how it would change when he regained his godhood. They talk longer but when the sun goes down Meg understands that he has to leave. Meg tries to escape the circle but is tripped and falls face first. New demigods were being recruited and he counted at least 20 new ones. Apollo tries to move the conversation along and from across the room Dionysus says Apollo did a good job, to which Demeter agrees and praises him. Nero's next attempts at manipulating her don't work and she tells him that she's not listening to him anymore and she won't use his weapons to fight anymore. Powerless to do anything, Apollo watches as Nero presses the button. Next he hugs Austin and Kayla, crying some more. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. The Barnes & Noble edition of the book includes a poster of various monsters Apollo encounters in the series. Apollo asks if he means Elysium or rebirth but Nico doesn't know. Lester's demigod friends at Camp Jupiter just helped him survive attacks from bloodthirsty ghouls, an evil Roman king and his army of the undead, and the lethal emperors Caligula and Commodus. It doesn't help that the leader of the germani is ordering them to surround and kill Nico. When he talks to Chiron he mentions him going to a joint task force meeting and Chiron says he met with a severed head and a cat from different pantheons where they discussed a mutual issue, possibly referring to Mimir and Bast. He's flustered for a few seconds until he says he wanted to check in and make sure she's okay. This makes Nero three times more powerful than he was before. He watches Meg spend the day with her siblings in the Demeter Cabin who are planting squash. The dream then shifts to Python slithering underground and taunting him. This finally pushes Meg over the edge and she orders the dryads to stop. When Gunther returns he orders Apollo to tie up himself and Lu, however the two refuse. He tells Percy his mom and sister are doing great and makes a plate of her cookies appear in his hands as a gift for him. She tells them it might have something to do with her neighbors in the mansion close by, but none of them see it so they change the subject to Nero. He finds Dionysus sipping a diet coke and he takes a seat across from him. Now Apollo and Meg must get ready for the final - and, let's face it, probably fatal - adventure. Sherman also says he doubts there would be any secret entrances and that if there were, they would be riddled with all sorts of traps. This doesn't work since Nero has some sort of protection shield on his toga. After they break the hug, Apollo looks at himself seeing all his scars and bruises from his last fight were gone. Apollo notices an amphisbaena on the train with them and goes towards him during the trip. Python tells him that he hasn't quite finished digesting Nero's power yet but it will have to do for now. She gives something to Meg and tells them to get to camp fast and form an infiltration team before they put their charade in motion. Line 14 talks about the final battle between Python and Nero. Just then Dionysus calls Apollo and Will to his table. Will glows, amazing Apollo, Meg, and Rachel. As he hauls himself back to solid ground, he looses his bow to the void. Condition: Brand New. Hermes says that's so callous and corrects Ares saying the money is higher than he said it was. Apollo is then transported back to his human form and instead of seeing the other Olympians he sees the faces of his friends. He asks them if she's well and Austin replies back that she will be. Apollo decides to take a new route of action and tries to shoot the remotes out of Nero's hands. The emperor sobs in despair and asks Apollo what he's done. The son of Hades, cavern-runner’s friend, Must show the way unto the throne. Artemis stands up for her brother asking if he hasn't proved himself already. Python says that he will not live and Apollo says he's fine with that as long as Python dies too. Riordan Wiki is a FANDOM Books Community. Hera finally speaks and tells them all to stop and that this had gone on long enough, only resulting in loss and pain. The trees who were laughing at first stop as he continues his speech. Nero says this was revenge for preventing him from burning down the city and that Apollo has done him a favor by getting all the campers in the building. Details about The Tower of Nero (The Trials of Apollo) by Rick Riordan (Signed 1st Ed) Be the first to write a review. With this his arms become more substantial and his body becoming more real as light weaves his body together until his form was a mesh of golden light. Meg overhears this conversation and asks if Camp Half-Blood has evacuated yet and Nico replies that they have not any didn’t want to leave unless Meg and Apollo had. He manages to take a few out but two still remain. The arrow goes silent and tells Apollo he should go speak to Meg. She assumes the room next to it is the one that holds prisoners. As he is preparing, Austin and Kayla tell him they will be waiting on standby in case he needs help. Ares sits back and wishes he would get on with it since he's betting money on the outcome. Apollo wonders where he's going with this monologue until he mentions bad acts. They're heading back to where their troubles began: Manhattan. He's between states and is no god, he will never be the same old Apollo again. Thalia says that she's a great hunter and that they'll catch the fox soon. Apollo dreams of Lu being brought before Nero as he addresses eleven of his adopted demigod children. The leader is furious and is just about to kill Apollo when he suddenly turns pale and begins to shrivel, leaving nothing but a skeleton. The technicians go back to their jobs while the Germani attempt to surround Apollo again. She assures them that she'll be back next year to issue more prophecies and Nico jokes that if he ever needs one he could just shadow travel. Zeus gets mad and says that he didn't kill Jason, Caligula did. John Rocco When they enter, Apollo sees the place in chaos and notes that the dryads have risen up against Nero. While he goes back to sit down he wonders how Meg is doing now that she's back in Nero's care. He's comforted knowing that at least he vanquished Python and that he would never rise again. At lunch time, Apollo decides to talk to the Arrow of Dodona, so he takes it into the woods thinking it would give him more helpful advice if he was closer to its roots. He doesn't know what to say for a while but observes the plate of fish tacos on the table turning gold similar to what happens when King Midas touches something. All these visual reminders of all the things he's done in these past few centuries causes him to feel uneasy, but he says this uneasiness also feels reassuring. Georgina asks Apollo about the doll she gave him before he left and says no when he asks for another one. The following morning after breakfast, they head out and find a ten-story building that is under construction across the street from one of Nero’s buildings and head for the roof. Still, I Line 10 is a line that is given from Python. 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. After spending six months as a teenager named Lester, Apollo is now reaching his endgame (thank the gods). However, before entering, Lu tells Apollo and Meg to use the bathroom when they enter New York. Due to this, was released on the same day as. Apollo thinks about this and different lengths of their punishment, however Apollo doesn't see his as a punishment but rather a journey and that he had grown from it. She lets them get on with the tour and Meg leads Apollo to a terrace. He says that he can't get rid of mortal problems with a snap and can see she doesn't want a reward. Eventually they come to a ledge but they don't have time to rest as the bulls could be coming any minute. While they wait for them to return, Rachel tells Apollo that after he turns himself in the first thing he should do is try and buy time. Nico brings Apollo and Meg to Will and Rachel, who were in the sewers, before instantly going to sleep. At last, the breathtaking, action packed-finale of the #1 bestselling Trials of Apollo is here! Apollo himself begins glow and the fasces begins to superheat. He then asks about his friends and Artemis reassures him that she sent them all clear omens of his success. Eventually he gets the hang of it and lands in the caverns of Delphi. Apollo notes that she looks elegant, older, and beautiful, like a proper lady of the Imperial Household. Screech-Bling takes the gang to a tent with a cold fire. Apollo notes that Nico looks even worse than he did after their last encounter. Apollo realizes that after killing the other two emperors their remaining power gathered together in this one. He doesn't want him to do this but Austin insists on doing so anyway rushing into the room playing his saxophone. Jason then dissolves and Apollo wakes up. 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 instructs the boy to take the scimitars and chop off Lu's hands. Screech-Bling tells the other troglodytes the plan Nico and the rest of the group suggested. He follows this line of thinking and senses that Rachel is implying they need to destroy Neros' in order to kill him. They make their way to the ground again as Meg reveals Lu gave her a coin for the Chariot of Damnation. Apollo's glow starts to fade noting that he was unharmed. Rachel shrugs and says he's already chosen his kind and it wasn't humanity. They go to the storage facility and Apollo gets his gear and the Arrow of Dodona as Lu tells him to get Meg while she takes care of the leontocephaline. Nero then calls Meg forward and she comes out from behind one of the columns. Can Apollo find his godly form again? Percy and Annabeth arrive in New Rome two months before the start of their freshman year of college. He continues going on about how only Apollo could have defeated Python and only he could have freed all the oracles. In order to gain access to the fasces someone with a divine power would have to give up their immortality. As Apollo struggles to breathe he sees Meg across the room fighting barehanded with Aemillia and another one of the missing demigods. Apollo realizes that this means Lu was right and the only way to get close to it is to turn himself in and get captured. Nero says Lu couldn't have defeated the leontocephaline and Lu said she didn't. Apollo asks Reyna if she regretted joining the hunters and she says not for a minute. Percy cuts her off and tells her that she has to help him get through all his freshman year courses. He tells Apollo it feels amazing to help a bunch of kids like him and show them that someone cares. She says that she was sure Python himself was trying to make sure she could see this. Percy says he doesn't know what he's majoring in yet. Apollo, Meg, and Lu reach Percy's house. Meg was still seated, holding her magical twin golden sica blades, but the Germanus had the edge of his broadsword against her neck, encouraging her to stay put. Together they start running and end up in the dining room where they see another bull. He gives them each a piece of jerky to get their energy back up before they keep moving. Nero tells him that she's in the throne room with him. He pulls out a notepad and asks if anyone else has last minute bets. It was released on October 6, 2020. Artemis helps Apollo change clothes ad they prepare to go to the throne room. Nero hurtles backwards, landing on the carpet with burns. As Apollo aims for Nero's chest, one of the three missing Imperial Children stabs him in the ribs. Lu and Meg fight in a mock duel to show the Germani that they are still rivals while that is not the case. But he realizes the world of demigods isn't his place but that doesn't mean he can't remember his experiences there. Hera lifts her veil and says that at least Apollo did something. He realizes this is the lesson Styx was trying to teach him and that it doesn't matter how loud your oath is, what truly matter is if you meant it. This page contains spoilers for The Tower of Nero. He follows the sound and finds Meg, her karpos, Peaches, and the dryads were fawning over him. Apollo concludes that Ares must have lost the pool and Hermes says that Athena won. Jason had made his choice and this was different than Hazel's case who needed to come back and he thinks that Jason is somewhere better now. Nero tells her that this is foolish and is about to give his crew the signal to start fighting until a BOOM shakes the chamber. Hyperion Nico uses this opening to attack Nero with his remaining strength. Nero figures out that the remote he was given earlier was the wrong one and was not releasing gas. He tackles the monster's tail and drags it towards the chasm. Line 11 refers to how he would be the only one to face Python. He then utters more lines from the prophecy: Apollo's flesh and blood shall soon be mine, Lest grappling with me to see his final spark. Apollo asks about the security mikes in the cell and if Nero and crew could hear them talking about right now. Nero tells him that is an extremely lethal gas is even more effective in enclosed spaces......such as buildings. Apollo must fall but Apollo must rise again. Apollo doesn't know what this is but Screech-Bling reacts to the mention of this gas. Lester’s final challenge will be at the Tower of Nero, back in New York. Meg tells Apollo they need to go and all three of them jump into the river to slow down the bulls. When Apollo offers to take the arrow up into the grove he is met with resistance. Apollo faced no issues getting to the throne room and assumes Nero probably didn't want any more delays. This makes Percy happy and he says he takes back almost everything he's said about him. Who will be on hand at Camp Half-Blood to assist? Apollo tries to break the fasces over his knee next but this only manages to nearly break his knee. Tyson and Ella were back to work at the bookshop, the unicorns were still weaponized, and Jason Grace's temple expansion plan was still moving forward. The river saps Apollo's memories and starts to pry open the cracks in Lester. 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