Entertainment

Entertainment

Book review: Crossover tales will thrill fans of Riordan's books

Parents need to know that these three short stories, which combine main characters from Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicles series, were previously available separately as ebooks only. "The Son of Sobek" was released in 2013, "The Staff of Serapis" in 2014, and "The Crown of Ptolemy" in 2015. The hardcover book "Demigods and Magicians: Percy and Annabeth Meet the Kanes" includes all three stories, a forward by Percy Jackson, eight full-color illustrations, and a peek at the first chapter of "The Hidden Oracle," the start of a series to be released in May 2016. Kids will need to have read at least some of the main Percy Jackson series and the slightly more complex Kane Chronicle series to get what's going on when Greek mythology and Egyptian mythology and magic collide. Expect the same kinds of fantasy violence in these shorts that you saw in the other series - battles against monsters and gods where they get stabbed with swords or blown up. The good guys - all teens - get injured but heal with their magical nectar and potions. Readers will learn a bit about Alexander the Great and how he united the Greece and Egypt in his giant empire.

Videos

More Videos

Actress Allison Janney surprises reporters at White House press briefing 02:49

Actress Allison Janney surprises reporters at White House press briefing

Prince shares how he got past being teased as a child 02:01

Prince shares how he got past being teased as a child

Share Video

Prince shares how he got past being teased as a child

In a 2009 interview with Tavis Smiley on PBS, legendary singer-songwriter Prince shares the story of how his dedication to music helped motivate him to never quit, even when he was put down.
Courtesy of Tavis Smiley/YouTube
Prince shares how he got past being teased as a child 02:01

Prince shares how he got past being teased as a child

'The Huntsman: Winter's War' movie trailer 02:35

'The Huntsman: Winter's War' movie trailer

'The Jungle Book' movie trailer 02:26

'The Jungle Book' movie trailer

'Criminal' movie trailer 01:01

'Criminal' movie trailer