Riordan: A “Nico Newsblast” – New Book in the Works

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EW.com reported the upcoming tome “will focus on the son of Hades and his boyfriend, the son of Apollo.”

Rick Riordan’s name is often on the tips of my fingers these days. What with two Disney+ projects (seemingly) in the works, it’s a lock. But the latest news comes from the world of publishing, where Riordan recently announced a new project.

Meet Nico and Will

This week, Riordan explained, “Entertainment Weekly broke the news exclusively… after I announced this project during the first Daughter of the Deep tour event: Nico and Will are invading Tartarus! Read the full details here. I will only add that it is so exciting to work with Mark Oshiro! They are an incredibly gifted author, and if you haven’t already read their books, what are you waiting for? You can also follow Mark on Twitter at @MarkDoesStuff.

Notably, Mark’s Twitter bio says, “Queer nonbinary Latinx | They/He.”

“I have never co-written a novel with anyone,” added Riordan. “I have never invited another writer into the Percy Jackson world to do their own take on my characters in this way. But for the Nico and Will novel, this seems incredibly important, and Mark is just the person to do it!

“This is not a ‘ghost-writing’ or ‘assistant writer’ situation. This is a full 50-50 partnership in which we share equal credit and an equal advance, and I can’t wait for you to see the results. Already, Mark has amazed me with their beautiful writing about our favorite guys, Nico and Will. So very excited to continue the project! We do not have a title for the book yet, nor are pre-orders available yet. The tentative publication date is 2023.

“As soon as I have more info, I will update you! Thank you, Mark, for accepting the invitation and bringing your talents to this crazy wonderful project!”

Reaction from Mark

Oshiro explained to EW.com:

“To say this is a dream come true is an understatement. My journey through the Percy Jackson saga included the development of a deep, unwavering love for Nico and Will. To have the chance to tell their story is truly an honor, and I can’t wait to do them justice.”

Meanwhile, regarding Nico and Will’s story, EW.com posted:

Rick Riordan
Greek Gods by Rick Riordan CR: Disney-Hyperion

The new book, which does not yet have a title, picks up with Nico in the aftermath of the most recent Percy Jackson-related series, The Trials of Apollo. Nico lost his friend Jason Grace in that series but still has a ray of sunshine in his life in the form of his boyfriend, Will Solace, the son of Apollo.

In The Tower of Nero, the final book in The Trials of Apollo, Nico [starts] hearing a voice calling out to him from Tartarus, the deepest, darkest part of his father’s realm, the Underworld. Nico believes this voice to be that of Bob the Titan, who sacrificed himself to help Percy and Annabeth Chase escape Tartarus in the previous Heroes of Olympus series. In the new story, Nico and Will are determined to rescue Bob, no matter what Camp Half-Blood counselors Chiron and Mr. D have to say about it.

More to Percy’s World

Moreover, Rick addressed a rhetorical question implied by the additional story in the world of Percy Jackson.

Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson
Image: Disney

“But wait, didn’t Rick say he was done with Percy’s world? Not exactly,” wrote Rick. “I said I did not anticipate doing any more massive five-book series in this world, like PJO, Heroes of Olympus, and Trials of Apollo. That is still true.

“But if you have read The Tower of Nero, you probably saw how I left little clues that might lead to stand-alone adventures for various characters, like this Nico-Will book.”

Finally, and as Riordan added, “I guess we’ll have to see what the future holds.” That goes for Riordan’s work on TV, in movies, and in print.

In the meantime, you can explore the world of Rick’s current book, Daughter of the Deep; join him on a virtual book tour.

You can read more about the news broken already on the tour below:

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