I was hesitant to read this, as I felt that perhaps Rick Riordan was going the way of other too-oft-published authors (replacing quality with quantity). I‘m so glad I read it, as this is NOT the case! This is funny, heartbreaking, adventurous and engaging. I laughed out loud at some of the sarcastic remarks sprinkled throughout. It seems as if it could be the beginning of a series, too. Great for ages 10-110!