What a great way to continue the Percy Jackson saga: throw a fabulously full-of-himself god into a puny teenaged human form and watch the fun - and danger - begin as he reluctantly learns what it takes to be a mortal hero. Apollo-turned-Lester is one of Riordan's funniest characters and he is perfectly teamed with a feisty new demi-god -- a young girl named Meg - who has quickly become one of my favorite Riordan characters. Her sidekick (other than the teenager-god) is a riot. I may never eat a peach again. Percy Jackson fans will be glad to know he's involved in Apollo's adventures as is Camp Half-Blood and a handful of other familiar characters. How does one follow Percy Jackson's all-out war with a powerful earth goddess to come up with an equally ominous villain? Pit mortal-weak Apollo against three of history's most infamous Roman emperors, returning to conquer the world -- again. In a way, because they really existed and really were horrifying sadists, I think the evil emperors are actually the scariest villains Riordan has introduced. In this first book we get to meet Nero -- and his terrifying colossal statue of himself. Great fun! Loved this audio version; the narrator is a fantastic performer.