There are are innumerable ways to judge an author's success—the first way tends to be counting book sales. Instagram follows don't measure the technical quality of writing, rather they measure less tangible, but still extremely important things: connection and community.
The Lightning Thief was the book that, for many, started a magical journey that would stay with the reader for a lifetime.
Rick Riordan is responsible for teaching mythology to fans everywhere of all ages. Although his series are mainly for young adult readers, he has captivated many with his stories of gods and their children, and the many human problems that we all face.
Known for her extensive series the Shadowhunter Chronicles, Cassandra Clare is no novice in the urban fantasy field. Drawing upon pagan and Judeo-Christian mythology, Clare reinvents old stories to tell new tales for the modern age.