It’s difficult to find a children’s fantasy novel without “For fans of Harry Potter” (or the more threatening “Step aside, Potter”) among the critic’s notes on the back cover. Living in a post-Rowling generation is a double-edged sword for authors whose talent lies in spinning heroic tales with a heavy dose of mythology. The market for this particular genre is certainly larger than before, but the bar is set high at Harry Potter
, and he killed Voldemort
. Standing out from the pack is a monumental achievement (insert your own “Herculean” pun), and author Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson
novels, which follow the lives of the sons and daughters of ancie...