The gods never rest, do they? Neither does author Rick Riordan. The beloved author announced last year that he would return to the world of the Olympians with a new Percy Jackson book. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Chalice of the Gods is coming in 2023. Riordan will reunite Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, and Grover Underwood once again for another quest. It’s been 14 years after the fifth book in the Percy Jackson series, The Last Olympian and well timed with Disney+’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians on the horizon.
Riordan talked with Publishers Weekly about the return to the world of the Olympians. He said this sixth installment started as a way to get Hollywood studios support the TV adaptation. He told Publishers Weekly:
What if I sweetened the deal by giving the readers something they’ve been wanting for the last decade, a classic Percy Jackson novel from his point of view, featuring Percy, Annabeth, and Grover, just like the original five books? It would be the first time since The Last Olympian in 2009 that we had an honest-to-goodness Percy Jackson novel.
To be back in Percy’s head again navigating the complex, and often lethal, world of the gods? What a gift. Riordan’s a king at bringing Greek mythology into these stories in compelling and inventive ways. It sounds like that tradition will continue. The Chalice of the Gods will see Percy and his friends help Zeus’ cupbearer Ganymede find the missing Chalice. It’s an artifact that can grant immortality. Riordan teases new gods and monsters. And my favorite part is it’s not a save the world adventure. Riordan described it as, “a day in the life of a demigod.”
Percy’s 17, nearly 18, in this book and looking towards college. Riordan doesn’t rule out additional installments in the series, so keep those fingers crossed.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Chalice of the Gods arrives September 26, 2023.
Originally published on October 19, 2022.