During Rick Riordan’s Blood of Olympus book tour, he announced a new Percy Jackson project, and now we have more details!
On Tumblr today, author Rick Riordan announced more details for his upcoming project Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes. First and foremost, we now have another beautiful cover from the insanely talented John Rocco.
The cover features heroes like Perseus (the original!) and Hercules along the outside, with Percy Jackson riding in on a pegasus (presumably Blackjack) in the center. Rocco’s standard soft palate makes the images come alive, and we can’t wait until we get our hands on this book.
Speaking of which, the official release date is August 18, 2015. We have nearly a year until we can pick this one up, but at least we won’t have to wait as long for this one as we will for Sword of Summer, the first book in Riordan’s new Norse mythology series, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, which will hit shelves in October, 2015.
Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes will be a companion book of sorts to Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods. In Greek Gods, we got the mythological stories of old, but told in Percy’s voice. When we talked to Riordan about the book, he said, “My versions of the myths are absolutely faithful to the original sources. I didn’t tweak anything, except of course to couch the narrative in modern language and add modern sensibility and humor. If you use Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods as a textbook for a Classics mythology test, I wanted to be sure you would get an A+!”
Greek Heroes will, presumably, follow the same format, but instead of the gods, Percy will be talking about all of the exciting tales (some tragic, some heroic) surrounding other names in Greek mythology. And we can bet there will be extra attention paid to Percy’s namesake, Perseus, the hero who defeated Medusa.
Be sure to visit our previous article about Riordan’s Blood of Olympus book tour to see what else he has up his sleeves for the foreseeable future.
Meanwhile, the final book in the Heroes of Olympus series is out now, and you can read our review of the last installment. Or, if you’re feeling nostalgic, check out why we love Percy from A to Z, or even read our revisited review of The Lightning Thief.