ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — He’s a literary giant often ranked with J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series. But Rick Riordan’s humility won’t allow him to accept that stature.
“I don’t think anyone rises to the level of J.K. Rowling. She has made such an impact. However, I am very fortunate. I certainly have had a lot of luck with my career,” Riordan said in a phone interview from his home in Boston.
“I am very aware that I have a situation that is very envious and really rewarding.”
His newest fantasy novel is “The Tyrant’s Tomb,” on sale Tuesday, Sept. 24. It’s the fourth in a five-installment series about Roman demigods fighting a triumvirate of evil Roman emperors. The series is titled “The Trials of Apollo.”