Title Drop! If You STILL Like Percy Jackson...

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... then this list is for you!  

If you’ve made your book-loving way through Rick Riordan’s The Heroes of Olympus series and are at a loss for what to read next, here are more books with more heart-pounding action, more stirring adventures, more plucky characters, more fantastical settings, and-and-and just MORE!  Huzzah! 

The Kane Chronicles, by Rick Riordan
Just on the very slight chance you haven’t read his other non-Percy series, this one takes its inspiration from Egyptian mythology (as opposed to Greek and Roman mythology).  Two siblings who have been estranged most of their lives are brought together by their archaeologist father who unwittingly frees the Egyptian god Set, sending the two on a quest involving more gods, harrowing danger, and ancient mystery.  (Ages 10 and up)

The Seven Wonders series, by Peter Lerangis
A young teen finds out that he and a group of others like him are descended from an ancient powerful race, leaving them both blessed with special abilities… and cursed with an early expiration date.  Their quest?  To find the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the treasures hidden inside of them which just might provide the cure for their untimely deaths.  (Ages 8 and up)

The Inheritance Cycle, by Christopher Paolini
Not a recent release, but still a worthy read.  A young farm boy discovers a mysterious stone that hatches, revealing it to be a dragon’s egg.  Through his bond with the dragon, he becomes the first in a long while to hold the title of Dragon Rider, warriors who once rode on the backs of dragons and wielded both blade and magic to defend justice and peace.  Made into a motion picture at one point.  (Ages 12 and up)

The Ascendance Trilogy, by Jennifer A. Nielsen
In a far off kingdom, rumors that the royal family has perished circle like uneasy crows, wavering between truth and lie.  One nobleman who knows the truth takes matters into his own hands and recruits four orphans whom he will train, in war, in grace, and in the deadly intrigues of the royal court.  Three of the four orphans will die.  One… will become the long-lost crown prince.  A false prince.  (Ages 10 and up)

The Maze Runner series, by James Dashner
A teen wakes up with no memories except his name, and finds himself with a group of other lost boys who know nothing of their circumstances except one: they are at the center of a huge, ever-shifting maze.  One that is closed off to them at night and is filled with horrific creatures.  When a girl arrives, the first ever, things will never be the same.  Now a major motion picture.  (Ages 12 and up)

The Unwanteds series, by Lisa McCann
Each year, every thirteen-year-old is judged and labeled, their fate sealed.  Wanteds continue their education and train in combat.  Necessaries provide for the rest, cultivating and growing.  And the Unwanteds, well, their fate is not a pleasant one.  But a young Unwanted discovers instead that his true role is something beyond his imagination, a secret that is both fantastical, and dangerous.  (Ages 8 and up)

The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
It’s not as popular as it used to be, but it’s still one of the best!  If you haven’t read it yet, give it a whirl.  Is it still too early to call them classics?  Darn… A young boy with a lightning-shaped scar finds out that he's a wizard, he's famous in the wizarding world, and that an unnamed dark wizard is after him.  Oh, and he gets to go to a school for wizards and witches.  (All ages and up).

The Last Apprentice series, by Joseph Delaney
A teen becomes the very last in a long line of apprentices to a man whose vocation is to fight against the supernatural creatures that haunt and harry the general populace.  Previous apprentices failed their training, some took the coward’s way out, and some paid for their mistakes with their lives.  He is the last.  But will he succeed where so many have failed?  Now a major motion picture. (Ages 12 and up)

The Land of Stories series, by Chris Colfer
On their birthday, two siblings who happen to be twins receive a book of stories that their deceased father once read to them at night.  When they are transported to the wondrous world inside the book, their quest to find a way home will also uncover the truth behind these magical stories and its familiar fairytale characters, as well as their own family origin.  (Ages 8 and up).

Ever After High series, by Shannon Hale
At a boarding school in a land far, far away, the sons and daughters of famous fairytale characters are trained to become the next generation of Prince Charmings, Sleeping Beauties, Snow Whites, and, of course, Evil Queens.  Except, what if you don’t want to follow in the footsteps of your evil queen of a mother?  What if you rewrote fairytale history?  (Ages 8 and up)

Every year two children are mysteriously taken, never to be seen again.  Nothing of the why or where is known, but there is a single constant: one child is always beautiful and good, the perfect child any parent would want; the second child is always a loner, strange and far from beautiful.  This year two girls are taken and find themselves at the magical School for Good and Evil.  Things take a wild twist when the beauty is sent to the School for Evil, despite her glass slippers, and the odd homely girl is sent to the School for Good, wicked black cat notwithstanding. (Ages 8 and up)

A pair of siblings (who you may recognize from an old classic Grimm’s fairytale) escape from the events of their familiar tale and find themselves entangled in the grim happenings of many other (also familiar) fairytale goings-on.  Their escapades, both thrilling and frightening (but in a good way), explores what really happened behind, or instead of, the happily-ever-afters everyone thinks is the truth.   (Ages 10 and up)

Wings of Fire series, by Tui T. Sutherland
The seven dragon tribes have been at war for centuries, and the only hope to end it rests with a prophecy that calls for a great sacrifice.  Five young dragonets, brought in secret to be raised for the purpose of fulfilling that greatt (yet mysterious) prophecy, escape their hidden home.  Their separate journeys to discover their origins and their own identities will change the war in ways no one expected.  (Ages 8 and up)

Spirit Animals series, by Brandon Mull
(each successive volume written by a different best-selling author)
In a mystical world, every child who comes of age must go through a rite of passage that reveals to them their spirit animal, a magical connection that grants powerful abilities to both child and animal.  Four youngsters from completely separate countries discover that their spirit animals are special, drawing them together in a sweeping quest to protect the world from a returning evil.  (Ages 8 and up)

Ranger’s Apprentice series, by John Flanagan
A young orphaned teen is disappointed when his dream of becoming chosen to train as a knight is dashed.  He is surprised, and not a little bit apprehensive, when he is recruited to be trained as a Ranger, mysterious, cloaked figures who are rumored to practice bloody arts and dark magic.  What he finds, as a Ranger’s apprentice, is a world filled with more intrigue, excitement, and adventure than the life he originally dreamed.  (Ages 10 and up)

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And watch out for Rick Riordan’s exciting new series, starring a new cast of characters based on Norse Mythology (Thor! Odin! Loki!), to be released on October 6, 2015 (and available soon after in a library near you):

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