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The Ultimate Rick Riordan Reading Order

So I decided to (as best as I could) put all of Rick Riordan’s books in chronological reading order so people know what to read first! I took some liberties with the short stories since it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when they take place, but I did my best! Without further ado, here’s the list:

The Lightning Thief
The Sea of Monsters
Percy Jackson and the Stolen Chariot (From The Demigod Files)
The Titan’s Curse
The Battle of the Labyrinth
Percy Jackson and the Bronze Dragon (From The Demigod Files)
Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades (From The Demigod Files)
The Last Olympian
Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes (From The Demigod Diaries)
Son of Magic (From The Demigod Diaries)
The Lost Hero
The Diary of Luke Castellan (From The Demigod Diaries)
Leo Valdez and the Quest for Buford (From The Demigod Diaries)
The Son of Neptune
The Mark of Athena
The House of Hades
The Blood of Olympus
Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo (From Guys Read: Other Worlds)
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods*
Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes*
The Sword of Summer
The Hidden Oracle

The Red Pyramid**
The Throne of Fire*
The Serpent’s Shadow*
Demigods and Magicians***

*Must be read after the Heroes of Olympus series but can be read before anything else

**Must be read after the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series but can be read before anything else

***Must be read after the Kane Chronicles and the Heroes of Olympus series

The Nuctemeron of Apollonius of Tyana

The First Hour: In unity the demons praised God, losing their wickedness and wrath.

The Second Hour: Through duality the fishes of the Zodiac praise God, the fire-serpents entwine the serpent-staff and the lightning becomes harmonious.

The Third Hour: The serpents of the serpent-staff of Hermes are thrice-entwined. Cerberus opens its triple muzzle, and the fire praises God with lightning’s three tongues.

The Fourth Hour: In the fourth hour the soul returns from visiting the graves. It is the time the four magical lanterns are lighted at the four corners of the circles. It is the hour of enchantments and delusions.

The Fifth Hour: The Voice of the Great Waters glorifies the God of the heavenly spheres.

The Sixth Hour: The spirit remains immobile; it sees hell’s monsters advancing upon it, yet it is fearless.

The Seventh Hour: A fire imparting life to all soul-beings is directed by the will of pure people. The initiate stretches forth their hand and suffering passes into peace.

The Eighth Hour: The stars speak to each other. The soul of the suns responds to the sigh of the flowers. Harmony’s chains render all the creatures of nature in agreement with each other.

The Ninth Hour: The number that may not be revealed.

The Tenth Hour: It is the key of the astronomical cycles and of the rotation of humanity’s life.

The Eleventh Hour: The wings of the genii move with a mysterious rustle; they fly from one sphere to the other and convey the messages of God from world to world.

The Twelve Hour: Here the works of the eternal Light are being fulfilled by the Fire.

Call me old-fashioned, but I wanted to keep his focus on me and not Annabeth. I think it’s polite for a guy to protect his girlfriend from instant incineration.
—  Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes)
A possibly accurate time line of the Greco-Roman/Egyptian/Norse world of Rick Riordan (AKA, a lot of guess work)

2006 - 

  • September - “The Diary of Luke Castellan” (Demigod Diaries)

2010 - 

  • June - The Lightning Thief  (Summer Solstice)

2011 - 

  • Summer - The Sea of Monsters 
  • December - The Titan’s Curse

2012 - 

  • Summer - The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • December - “The Sword of Hades” (Demigod Files)

2013 - 

  • May - “The Stolen Chariot” (Demigod Files)
  • June - “The Bronze Dragon” (Demigod Files) 
  • August - The Last Olympian 
  • September - “The Staff of Hermes” (Demigod Diaries)
      •     “The Singer of Apollo” (Guys Read) 
  • October - “The Son of Magic” (Demigod Diaries) 
  • December - The Lost Hero (Winter Solstice) 
      •   The Red Pyramid (Demon Days)

2014 -

  • February - “The Quest for Buford” (Demigod Diaries) 
  • March - The Throne of Fire (Spring Equinox) 
  • June - The Son of Neptune (Festival of Fortuna) 
    •    The Mark of Athena (Calends of July) 
  • July - The House of Hades 
    •   The Blood of Olympus (Festival of Spes) 
  • September - The Serpent’s Shadow (Vernal Equinox) 
  • December - The Sword of Summer

2015 -

  • January - The Sword of Summer (First Full Moon of the Year)
      • The Hidden Oracle 
  • March - The Hammer of Thor
  • Summer - “The Son of Sobek” (Crossover)
      • “The Staff of Serapis” (Crossover)
      • “The Crown of Ptolemy” (Crossover)

Originally wrote this going with the idea that Lightning Thief took place in 2005 based on year of publication and the 1993 birthday Percy is given. However, due to Riordan throwing in references to Taylor Swift’s album 1989, and the Guardians of the Galaxy movie I had to move it up five years to make sense (The Hunger Games reference in Blood of Olympus didn’t change anything as the first book was published in 2008, and until that point I was thinking the Heroes of Olympus series was mostly taking place in 2010)

This now gives Percy a 1998 birthday.

I’m pretty sure Riordan never actually looked how schools work in New York City, as schools there are in session until late June. Good thing for him he made up private schools that can, though rarely, go with their own schedule.

-“Diary of Luke” never mentions the weather, but Luke never mentions being cold, I’m assuming warmer weather (September is usually warmer then March)
-“Sword of Hades” mentions Christmas (I was confused at first, why isn’t this one in the first one in the book)
-“The Stolen Chariot” never says anything, except Percy’s still in school, could be anywhere between “Sword of Hades” and “Bronze Dragon”. I guessed May randomly 
-“The Bronze Dragon” says late June
-“Staff of Hermes” is a month after The Last Olympian
-“Son of Magic” never mentions a date except after the Battle of Manhattan  
-“Quest for Buford” is two months after LH, could be February or March, I decided Late Feb as ToF was happing in March

Man, let me tell you, this “roughly six months” time frame between Blood of Olympus and Hidden Oracle really throws off where the Kane/PJO crossovers take place.

I had assumed that they take place before Sword of Summer, as they were published first, but then Percy threw out that ‘six months’ line and now I have no idea.

-“Son of Sobek” mentions kids on Summer Break, and that Red Pyramid took place two winters ago. Percy is stated to look Seventeen. So this takes place after Blood of Olympus as Percy was sixteen as of that book. Carter mentions being a high school freshman.

It has to take place after both Serpent’s Shadow and Blood of Olympus. Blood of Olympus finished in August, while Serpent’s Shadow dealt with the Vernal Equinox which is in late September

-“Staff of Serapis” is a few weeks after “Son of Sobek”
-“Crown of Ptolemy” is a month after “Staff of Serapis” how many days between the two short stories is anyone’s guess.

BASICALLY, I have no idea. So I have to assume that this series takes place the year that Sword of Summer finishes in and that Hidden Oracle take place, even if narratively that doesn’t make sense as much sense (though I’m warming to the idea)

Honestly, I think what should happen the year after, starting in June, then July and final story in August, and then Sword of Summer and Hidden Oracle, but that’s a year and half difference between Hidden Oracle and Blood of Olympus so I’m just going to throw my hands up and roll with whatever.

The chapter excerpt of the next book sets The Hammer of Thor in March. Magnus mentions Norse and Greek, but not Egyptian. So that could mean Annabeth hadn’t met Sadie yet, and in “Staff of Serapis” Annabeth acted more surprised about the non-demigod status of Sadie. The Norse have them, and that makes more sense to her then hosting the gods.

My girlfriend: sophomore honors student, demigod, and-oh yeah-head architect for redesigning the palace of the gods on Mount Olympus in her spare time.
—  Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes)

[ITEM] Sailor Star Tambourine Weapons.

Series: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon

Kana: セーラー・スター・タンバリンの兵器
Romaji: Seeraa Sutaa Tanbarin no Heiki

Users: Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Venus
First appearance: Final Act
Last appearance: Special Act
Status: See below.


  • These weapons had no official names.
  • In Roman and Greek mythology, Jupiter/Zeus wielded a thunderbolt that resembled a spear. Mars/Ares and Venus/Aphrodite were lovers so this could explain why the daggers of Sailor Mars and Sailor Venus came in a pair. Sailor Mercury’s dadao-like sword has no striking similarities to Mercury or Hermes’ caduceus, a winged staff.  However, it fits in with her previous arms: the Water Sword and the Dark Sword.
  • The Legendary Sword temporarily restored all of the lost or destroyed transformation items and weaponry, including the Sailor Star Tambourine arsenal, in the Special Act.

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“Snakes are sometimes perceived as evil, but they are also perceived as medicine. If you look at an ambulance, there’s the two snakes on the side of the ambulance. The caduceus, or the staff of Hermes, there’s the two snakes going up it, which means that the venom can also be healing.“