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Demigods and Monsters: Your Favorite Authors on Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

Demigods and Monsters: Your Favorite Authors on Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

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Demigods and Monsters: Your Favorite Authors on Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

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Which Greek god makes the best parent?
Would you want to be one of Artemis’ Hunters?
Why do so many monsters go into retail?

Spend a little more time in Percy Jackson’s world—a place where the gods bike among us, monsters man snack bars, and each of us has the potential to become a hero.

Find out:
  • Why Dionysus might actually be the best director Camp Half-Blood could have
  • How to recognize a monster when you see one
  • Why even if we aren’t facing manticores and minotaurs, reading myth can still help us deal with the scary things in our own lives

Plus, consult our glossary of people, places, and things from Greek myth: how Medusa got her snake hair extensions, why Chiron isn’t into partying and paintball like the rest of his centaur family, and the whole story on Percy’s mythical namesake.
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  • PERSONS attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prose-cuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot—BY ORDER OF THE AU-THOR.

  • An archetype is the original, basic idea of something.

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Demigods and Monsters - Smart Pop

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INTRODUCTION

Rick Riordan

PERSONS attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot—BY ORDER OF THE AUTHOR.

—MARK TWAIN, front matter to Huckleberry Finn

X-Raying the Author’s Head

Many years ago, before Percy Jackson appeared in my life, I was known primarily as a writer of grown-up mystery novels. One night I was doing an event with two other authors, and one of them was explaining why he liked my book The Devil Went Down to Austin.

The structure is amazing, he told the audience. It’s a book about scuba diving, and as the characters go deeper into the dark murky water, the plot also gets darker and murkier. The symbolism is really clever.

The audience looked suitably impressed. I looked confused.

I use symbolism? Who would’ve guessed?

After the event, when I confessed to the other author that I hadn’t done the murky structure thing intentionally, that perhaps it was just the result of my faulty outlining, his jaw dropped. He’d studied my writing. He’d made brilliant insights. And I’d just been telling a story? Impossible!

That doesn’t mean his insights weren’t valuable, or that the symbolism wasn’t there. But this does raise an important point about the difference between writing a story and analyzing it.

Any book, for children or adults, can be read on many levels. We can simply enjoy it. Or we can look for hidden meanings and nuances. We can even write essays about the book, exploring it from different angles.

The writer’s job is to write the book. The careful reader’s job is to find meaning in the book. Both jobs are important. The meanings you find can enlighten, fascinate, and surprise. They can even surprise the author. The author, at least this author, uses symbols and themes subconsciously. I don’t think about it, any more than a native speaker of English consciously thinks about subject-verb agreement as he speaks.

The front matter to Huckleberry Finn has always been one of my favorite Mark Twain quotes. Twain was adamant that readers simply read his book, not scrutinize it for morals or messages, much less a plot structure. Of course, this has not stopped generations of English majors from writing their graduate theses on the novel.

When I was first approached about editing this anthology, I wasn’t sure what to think. Why would so many talented writers want to write about my children’s books? And yet, when I read their essays, I was amazed. Each had a different angle on Percy Jackson—all of them fascinating and thought-provoking. Many of them made me think, "Is that what I was doing in the series?" It was like having someone take an x-ray of my head. Suddenly, I saw all this stuff going on inside that I was never aware of.

Maybe that’s why Mark Twain tried to warn off critics who wanted to interpret his work. It’s not that the interpretations are wrong. It’s that they tend to be a little too close to home!

The Accidental Demigod

I never intended to write the Percy Jackson series.

When my oldest son was in second grade, he began having problems in school. He couldn’t focus. He didn’t want to sit down and read. Writing was a painful challenge.

Being a novelist and a middle school teacher, I had a hard time accepting that my son hated school. Then came the fateful parent conference when the teachers suggested my son get a full psychoeducational evaluation. A few weeks later we got the results: ADHD and dyslexia.

These were not new concepts to me. I had taught many students with learning differences. I had made modifications. I’d filled out evaluation forms.

But when the child in question is your own son, it’s different.

How could I help him make sense of what was going on with him? How could I frame the problem in a positive way?

In the end, I fell back on what I knew best—storytelling.

My son’s saving grace in second grade was Greek mythology. This was the only part of the curriculum he enjoyed. Every night, he would ask me to tell him bedtime stories from the myths, and when I ran out of them, he asked me to make up a new one.

And so it sprang from my mind unbidden—like Athena from Zeus’ forehead—the myth of how ADHD and dyslexia came to be. I created Percy Jackson, a Greek demigod in the tradition of Hercules and Theseus and Perseus, except Percy is a modern kid. He has ADHD and dyslexia, and he learns that taken together, those two conditions indicate without a doubt that he has Olympian blood.

In The Lightning Thief, ADHD means you have finely tuned senses. You see too much, not too little. These reflexes don’t serve you well in a boring classroom, but they would keep you alive on the battlefield. Dyslexia indicates that your brain is hard-wired for Ancient Greek, so of course reading English is a struggle.

My son had no trouble buying this theory at all.

In the story, Percy Jackson discovers that being different can be a source of strength—and a mark of greatness. Being academically hopeless does not mean you are a hopeless person. Percy was my way of honoring all the children I’ve taught who have ADHD and dyslexia, but more importantly he was a myth for my son to make sense of who he is.

When I was done telling the story, my son told me to write it down. I was dubious. I didn’t think anyone would like it, and I didn’t exactly have a lot of spare time. I was already teaching full-time and writing a mystery novel a year. But I made the time and wrote The Lightning Thief.

My son loved the final version. Apprehensively, I gave the manuscript to some of my students. They loved it too. I sent it off to the publishers under a pseudonym so I wouldn’t be embarrassed by the flood of rejection notes. Within weeks, the book went to auction and was snapped up by the Disney Book Group.

At the end of that school year I became a full-time children’s writer. The Percy Jackson series was soon published around the world.

If you’d told me five years ago that someone would want to create an anthology of essays based on a bedtime story I made up for my son, I would’ve called you crazy.

The Power of Myth

So why does the series resonate with young readers? Why do people still want to read Greek myths? These are stories from a long time ago about a very different society. What possible relevance could they have in the twenty-first century?

Certainly, you can get through life knowing no mythology, but it would be a pretty poor existence. Mythology is the symbolism of civilization. It contains our most deeply embedded archetypes. Once you know mythology, you see it everywhere—from the names of our days of the week to our art and architecture. You would be hard-pressed to find any work of English literature that does not draw to some extent on classical mythology, whether it’s the hero’s quest or allusions to the Olympians.

So knowing mythology makes one a more informed member of society, but its importance goes beyond that. Mythology is a way of understanding the human condition. Myths have always been man’s attempt to explain phenomena—and not just why the sun travels across the sky. Myths also explain love, fear, hate, revenge, and the whole range of human feelings.

When I speak to school groups, I often ask children what Greek god they would like for a parent. My favorite answer was from a schoolgirl in Texas who said, Batman! Actually, the girl’s suggestion of Batman as a Greek god is not too far off, because it’s the same idea at work: creating a superhuman version of humanity so that we can explore our problems, strengths, and weaknesses writ large. If the novel puts life under the microscope, mythology blows it up to billboard size.

Myths aren’t something that happened in the past, either. We didn’t leave them behind with the Bronze Age. We are still creating myths all the time. My books, among other things, explore the myth of America as the beacon of civilization, the myth of New York, and the myth of the American teenager.

When we understand classical mythology, we understand something of our own nature, and how we attempt to explain things we don’t comprehend. And as long as we’re human, there will be things we don’t comprehend.

On a more basic level, Greek mythology is simply fun! The stories have adventure, magic, romance, monsters, brave heroes, horrible villains, fantastic quests. What’s not to love?

Mythology especially appeals to middle grade readers because they can relate to the idea of demigods. Like Hercules, Jason, and Theseus, Percy Jackson is half-man, half-god. He is constantly struggling to understand his identity, because he straddles two worlds but belongs in neither. Middle schoolers understand being in between. They are between adulthood and childhood. They feel stuck in the middle all the time, trapped in an awkward state. Everything is changing for them—physically, socially, emotionally. The demigod is a perfect metaphor for their situation, which is why the hero’s quest resonates with them.

When I do school events, I usually play a trivia game on Greek mythology with the kids. It doesn’t matter what school I visit or how little mythology the students have done in the classroom. The students always know the answers, and the adults are always amazed. I can almost guarantee some teacher will come up afterward, wide-eyed, and say, I didn’t know our students knew so much mythology!

It’s not a surprise to me. Young readers own mythology. They see themselves as the hero. They gain hope in their own struggles by following the quests. And yes, sometimes they even see their teachers as the monsters!

About This Anthology

Within these pages, you will find out what really makes Dionysus tick. You’ll learn how to assign a letter grade to your parents. You’ll explore the coolest monsters and most horrible villains of the Percy Jackson series. You’ll decide whether becoming a Hunter of Artemis is a good deal or a disastrous mistake. You’ll even learn how to unfreeze your eyeballs and recognize your own prophecy. Which essay comes closest to the truth? It’s not for me to say.

About a year ago at a signing for The Lightning Thief, a boy raised his hand in the audience and asked, What is the theme of your book?

I stared at him blankly. I don’t know.

Darn it! he said. I need that for my report!

The lesson here: If you want to know the theme of a book, the last person to ask is the author. This anthology, however, offers fresh perspectives and amazing insights. If you’re looking for something to lift the Mist from your eyes and make you say, "Aha! There are monsters!", then you’ve come to the right place.

Monster Recognition for Beginners

Lessons from Percy Jackson on Monsters and Heroes

Rosemary Clement-Moore

Every young hero will encounter monsters. That’s a given. But will you see them before they see you? Rosemary Clement-Moore offers this handy survival guide for demigods, chock-full of tips to help you a) recognize the warning signs that a monster is near, b) avoid it if possible, and c) know what to do when you have to fight. Study up, demigods. You never know when your math teacher will start to grow claws.

What would you do if you woke up one morning and found a satyr on your front porch, and he explained that he was going to take you to a special camp for people like you: half-god, half-human?

You might be tempted to laugh, thinking it’s a practical joke. Or maybe you’d think it was great. But if you’ve read the Percy Jackson books, you would also be seriously worried. Being a demigod may sound glamorous, but in Percy’s world, the child of a god can look forward to a life full of hardships and danger. Heroes, whether they are on a quest or just trying to live through the school year, must always stay on their toes and on the lookout for monsters.

Imagine you’re living in Percy’s world: Does that donut store on the corner make a shiver run down your spine? Does the popularity of a certain coffee chain have anything to do with the siren on its logo? And what about the homeless man under the bridge near your apartment: Does no one think it strange that he wears a muffler and trench coat all year-round?

Or maybe you live in the country, and suddenly a lot of cattle are mysteriously disappearing. Is it a coyote problem, or a wandering monster snacking on your uncle Walt’s best milk cows? What really started those California wildfires: a careless camper or a fire-breathing chimera?

To Percy and his classmates, asking these kinds of questions could mean the difference between life and death. Not to mention the success of a quest. Ignoring their instincts could lead to death . . . or worse, humiliating defeat.

If you suddenly discover you are a demigod like the ones in Percy Jackson’s world, don’t be lured into spending all your time on rock climbing and archery practice. These things are important, but if you really want to survive a monster attack, you need to learn how to recognize them. That way you can make a plan for fighting, or fleeing, whichever seems more prudent. Percy Jackson has had to learn these lessons the hard way. While some of his classmates might consider the constant threats to life and limb opportunities for personal growth, the wise hero should take a page from the children of Athena and fight smarter, not harder.

Fortunately, we have Percy’s triumphs—and mistakes—to learn from. So just in case you do open your door to a satyr one morning, here’s some of what I’ve learned from reading the Percy Jackson books: three easy steps on how to survive in a world full of monsters who want to kill you.

Lesson One: Monsters and You

The first thing to realize in dealing with mythical creatures is the basic nature of the relationship between hero and monster: There is a very good chance that even a random encounter between them will result in death for one or both. Simply stated, heroes kill monsters, and monsters resent that fact.

Let us take some examples from the ancient world: Bellerophon, Theseus, Hercules, and Perseus.¹ All of them heroes, all of them slayers of monsters—Chimera, Minotaur, Hydra, and Gorgon. And the monsters never forget it. Youth is no protection, either; monsters have no ethics, so they don’t have an ethical problem with getting rid of their natural enemies while they are still young and vulnerable.

Now, a demigod has certain advantages over monsters. Depending on the type of creature he’s facing, the demigod may be faster or more mobile. His ability to use a weapon may counter the natural advantage of, say, a bulletproof hide, like the Nemean Lion’s, or seven heads that always grow back, like the Hydra’s. The human half makes the hero smarter than the average monster, provided the hero actually uses his brain. The god half doubtlessly adds advantages as well, though of course this would largely depend on the god in question.

The monsters’ biggest advantage—besides the obvious things like claws, teeth, poison, and superior size and strength—is that they never really die. The centaur Chiron tells us monsters are archetypes. An archetype is the original, basic idea of something. This means that when similar characters pop up in different books and movies, all of them are based on the original archetype. For instance, the character of Fluffy, the three-headed dog who guards the sorcerer’s stone in the first Harry Potter book, comes from the idea of Cerberus, the three-headed dog who guards the entrance to the Underworld.²

So monsters, like ideas, can never be killed, and they have very long memories. If you’re a hero and you encounter a magical creature, it may have been turned to dust many times over the years by heroes just like you. It would be wise to assume that it is holding a grudge and would be happy to help you along to your doom.

Percy Jackson has this harsh reality thrust upon him in no uncertain terms, and it’s an experience we can learn from: Nothing says your days are numbered like a Minotaur on your doorstep.

It should be noted that children of the less powerful gods aren’t going to attract as much monstrous attention as those with more powerful parents. You might think it would be cool if your Olympian parent was one of the major gods, but that kind of status comes with a big price tag.

Percy is the perfect example of this. Having Poseidon as his father may give him some awesome powers, but it also makes him a very high-profile target. So even if you had skills remarkable for a demigod, this in no way would guarantee you an easy time of it.³

The world of gods and monsters is a harsh one. A hero can’t rely on his immortal parent for help. There are rules against direct interference, and it seems as though the higher in the echelon a god is, the more limited he or she is in stepping in to help. After Annabeth Chase runs away from her father’s house, her mother, Athena, helps her by making sure she meets up with an older, more powerful half-blood. Thalia, daughter of Zeus,⁴ leads her friends almost to the safety of the camp, but when she is about to be killed by a horde of monsters, all that Zeus can do is turn her into a tree on top of Half-Blood Hill.

Ultimately it is up to young heroes to watch out for themselves. A parent or patron may be some help, but it’s the nature of the hero to have to face the monsters on his or her own.

Lesson Two: Types of Monsters

Monsters could be categorized in many different ways: by habitat, allegiance, intelligence, lethality, and so on. For the purpose of this lesson, I’ll separate them into two main types: those who will kill you on purpose—whether it’s personal, or because you’ve blundered into their lair—and those who will kill you by accident.

For the most part, monsters are very territorial; they tend to stake out a hunting ground and protect it viciously. When Percy’s brother Tyson is attacked by a sphinx in the city, it may have been just because he ventured into its territory. Notice that the fact that Tyson himself is a monster gives him no protection.

Here we see the type of monster who may have nothing against you personally but will not hesitate to kill you anyway. This may be because it is (a) guarding something it thinks you want to steal; (b) hungry; or (c) both.

Young heroes seem to encounter these types of monsters most frequently when they are on a quest, but not always. Monsters can be found just about anywhere, and if you stumble onto a Hydra’s hunting grounds, chances are that one of seven heads would eat you before you could explain that you were merely on your way to the corner deli for a pastrami on rye.

Some monsters stay very isolated from the mortal world. Percy has to go to the Sea of Monsters to encounter Polyphemus, the Cyclops shepherd with the carnivorous sheep, and Scylla and Charybdis, who between them destroy (again) the ironclad ship, CSS Birmingham, and its crew. But other creatures rely on humankind for survival. In ancient times, monsters often lived off of humans by stealing their sheep and goats (or sometimes by making off with one of their maidens). In Percy’s modern world, many monsters have moved into retail, making a living off of humans in an entirely different way.

This kind of magical creature doesn’t mean to kill you but is simply going about its business, completely indifferent to your fate. Take, for example, the chain of Monster Donut shops. They spread across the country, each of them connected to the life force of a monster. The stores multiply like Hydra heads, but whether their success actually comes at the expense of their human customers—the modern equivalent of the stolen sheep or maiden, for example—remains to be seen.

Other retail ventures are more obviously dangerous, like Medusa’s shop, which Percy, Annabeth, and Grover run across in their first quest. In olden days, monsters who preyed on humans could often be found at the intersection of major roads, where there was the most traffic. Now monsters like the Medusa open shops. Mortal society used to center around the crossroads, but it now revolves around retail. Therefore, the smart hero should be careful in stores; no one wants to pay for a cheeseburger by spending eternity as a stone lawn ornament.

Monsters don’t consider death or dismemberment a flaw in their business plan. Take the Graiai, for example. Who would have thought it was a good idea to put three hags who share one eye in control of a taxicab in New York?⁶ Since the sisters cannot pass the eye between them without a violent argument breaking out, the taxi’s only destination seems to be disaster. Yet getting heroes on their way has been the hags’ job ever since Ancient Greece.

The fact that they don’t care what it does to their half-mortal passengers shows why immortal things should never be dealt with lightly. Even when a magical creature is merely going about its business—even when, like the Gray Sisters, it is technically being helpful—it can be very dangerous.

Now we come to the monster who does in fact take death very personally. In addition to the innate hatred between monster and hero, there is another reason that some fanged, winged, leather-skinned horror might want half-bloods like Percy dead. Many monsters are servants to various gods, who keep the creatures on staff to take care of odd (and sometimes distasteful) jobs, like tracking down heroes, guarding treasure, and torturing demigods who make them angry.

Which means that if you anger one of the gods, he or she is likely to send something really nasty to let you know about it. Percy Jackson angers several gods just by breathing, so he probably feels like the whole world is out to get him. But that’s not actually true. Most of the time, several worlds are out to get him.

Whether you are dealing with the bull-headed simplicity of the Minotaur or the conniving ferocity of the Furies, if a god has sent a monster after you, there is little you can do to avoid it. So you may be wondering why I bother to mention it in a lesson about avoiding monstrous conflict.

If you are a hero, and a vengeful (or possibly just bored)

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  • (4/5)
    Great finish to the Percy Jackson series. Great series for the pre-teens.
  • (5/5)
    Actual rating: 4.5 stars, rounded up for feelsFor more reviews, Cover Snark and more, visit A Reader of Fictions.I both saw this coming and I didn’t. I mean, I knew that The Last Olympian would be my favorite of this series, but I also really didn’t expect the emotional whomping. The willow totally snuck up on me is all I can say. Rarely is a book full of so much ow my feels and dawwwww all at once. So yeah, I guess I have to formally thank Debby for forcing me to give this series another chance, because she was totally right.The Last Olympian starts, literally, with a bang. Up to now, the Percy Jackson novels have had to build up to the drama and danger, but this time it starts there and doesn’t let go. The pace of this one manages to be even faster than that of the previous novels, which weren’t slow reads themselves. The Last Olympian is the darkest of the series by far, but manages to maintain a mood that works for middle grade readers. Riordan keeps that trademark humor flowing, though it does smack a bit more of the gallows this go round. Personally, I’m a big fan of books that can make me laugh even at the darkest times and I think it makes the moments when nothing is funny pack that much more of an emotional punch.I wouldn’t say no one is safe in a Rick Riordan novel. It’s not quite Game of Thrones in terms of death and destruction. However, I would definitely say that not everyone is safe. Of course, this is already well-documented, but it gets more emotionally painful this time. I really didn’t see it coming, but this book almost made me cry TWICE. Once from the sads and once from the happies and holy hell what are feelings ouch. Considering that it’s middle grade, The Last Olympian is considerably dark and I consider myself satisfied with the end results.The characters really shine in this one. The world building is still masterful, but wasn’t really being developed at the pace of the previous novels (since hello that’s sort of done now and there’s a war going on), so I really had time to focus in on the characters. Obviously I loved a bunch of them already, but some that I didn’t know I cared for suddenly meant so much to me. How did Riordan do this to me? The rather massive cast is so well-developed. Each of the gods have their own personality as do the children. You can even see the influences of the godly parents on the kids, while also seeing the way they are completely their own beings, which is basically the whole point of the series.The ultimate messages of the series are so powerful and touching. In a lot of ways, Percy is not the hero. He’s not the smartest or the most powerful. I don’t even know if he’s the bravest. I sort of think he’s actually just the biggest, most optimistic idiot. I suspect Percy’s tragic flaw is that he would do anything to protect others, but I think it’s his greatest strength too. Percy has so much compassion, more even than he realizes. At this point, I want to talk about some specific spoilery things I love, so into the spoiler tags, I go.Some things that I love about the way this book ended:1) Percy is not the hero of prophecy, which YAY. There have been too many prophetic heroes, and I love the way that fiction is constantly overturning this trope now.2) As a side note, I ADORE the fact that pretty much every character of note got a chance to shine. It’s not the Percy Jackson show. He has his moments, more than most even, but also we’re in his head so he can’t see everything.3) I love that the gods are changing and learning.4) Not only that, but the biggest help that Percy and Nico were to the war effort was, ultimately, in convincing their parents to focus on what truly matters.5) The fact that Percy’s wishes are so non-selfish: he wants every kids to be recognized and all the minor gods to get the respect due to them. AND NICO GETS A CABIN.6) I’m glad that even Luke was still redeemable, even if I am glad that he died. Best of luck in the next life, though, kid.7) Though I’m sad about the life Rachel has chosen, I’m glad that she chose it and didn’t go that route because she was sad about the way her romance was going. Also, I love that she’ll still be around.8) Finally, I think it’s hilarious how much Demeter wants everyone to eat cereal.My sole lingering grumble is the summer thing. Like, okay, Camp Halfblood operates in the summer ideally, but there was a war on. I find it really hard to believe that Kronos would wait for the campers to finish out their school years to make his big attack. Let’s wait until the enemy is in place before attacking; everyone knows Kronos likes fights to be as fair as possible. Yeah, right. Plus, Kronos’ forces are stronger at night, which there is less of in the summer. I feel like the story’s a bit too strongly tied to its summer schedule for its own good in this case, but everything else is right on target.Oh right, did I forget something? The romance. I will climb on board that ship with everyone else. *throws champagne bottle at the good ship Percabeth* I still love Rachel and that totally could have been okay with me too, but obviously this was going to be the ship and it’s all for the best. I do find it impressive that Riordan manages to sell Annabeth being more charmed by Percy than annoyed by his more than occasional slowness. She appreciates him for who he is, and he her, which is a good ship when you come right down to it. Poseidon grant them calm seas.My heart was dashed on the rocks and lifted up on the waves. Strange things happen when you put the son of Poseidon in charge. I’m going to be reading the next series soon, after a brief break, and I am so excited. Leave spoilers for that series and you will be sent directly to Tartarus.
  • (5/5)
    As the series comes to an end the suspense still grows. As I hated to come to the end I cannot spoil it for others Its a wonderful series I would recommend to others.
  • (4/5)
    As one might expect, all of the hanging plot threads, character issues, and conflicts left over from the previous books featuring Percy Jackson all culminate in The Last Olympian the final volume of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. While many series experience something of a let down in their final act, as the author struggles to bring his carefully laid plots to a satisfying conclusion, happily The Last Olympian avoids this problem and finishes off this excellent young adult series with a strong story and in a manner that is both unpredictable and yet fully in character for all the participants.Following the attack on Camp Half-Blood in The Battle of the Labyrinth, Kronos had retired to rally his forces, but also set various plans in motion. After an awkward interlude with plot complication Rachel Dare, the book opens with Percy, along with the demigod Beckendorf (a child of Hephaestus), heading off to try to destroy Kronos' cruise ship of the damned and weaken the forces of the Titans. Although the series has had its share of lethal consequences before - Bianca di Angelo's death, Daedalus' death, and so on, the book signals that things will be getting rough for the final act when Beckendorf becomes the first of the half-bloods to meet his end a scant handful of pages into the story.[More forthcoming]
  • (5/5)
    An excellent finish to the series. I am looking forward to reading both the Kane Chronicles and the next Percy Jackson series.
  • (5/5)
    The last of the Percy Kackson books, and Riordan saved the best for last. THis tale of Percy's cumlination of the prophecy that has hung over his head since book one comes to a head, as does the long leadup to the fight with the Titans. Old friends, new surprises, and a lot of imagination and incredible creativity make this book what I feel is the best in the series. No spoilers here, you have to read it, but a few hints - the Percy, Rachel, Annabeth issue works itself out - in ways you'd never EVER imagine, and Percy, well, lets just say the boy has got nerves of steel when it comes to some things, and he really ins't liked too much for it.
  • (4/5)
    The final showdown between Kronos and the demigods. A worthy end to the series, with some unexpected but satisfying twists.
  • (5/5)
    What a great ending to a fantastic series! Hate the cliff-hanger though. I want more!
  • (5/5)
    Review: The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick RiordanI was immediately hooked to this AMAZINGLY AWESOME series. The storyline was fun, original, and surprisingly accurate to the original myths. My knowledge of Greek mythology is VERY limited, but after researching some things I didn't remember, it turns out Riordan knows his stuff! After a while, I began to trust him.The first time I saw Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief I thought I looked terrible but after I read the first 3 pages i feel in love with it.The most AMAZEBALLS book in my opinion is the last book, The Last Olympian, was the perfect ending to a superb series. It made up for the last book with powerful passages and gripping action. I was flipping pages as fast as I could read them. I couldn't wait to see what would come of the prophecy, who would win in the last major battle, and what would happen to Percy. I was sucked in.The battle scenes and action were non-stop. It comes close to the Battle of Hogwarts for my favorite fictional battle of all-time. I loved the scenes in New York City. But more than anything else, I LOVE how Riordan brought his series to a close. The answer to the prophecy was perfect and fitting to the growth and change Percy underwent throughout the series. I couldn't have asked for a more satisfying ending.So if you have been avoiding this series thinking they won't be any good, or that they're silly, or that they're trying too hard, I LITERALLY think your are crazy, but apart of that acusation I think you need to start reading this second! I found them full of fun, action,suspense, the smallest bit of romance and LOTS of fantastic greek mythology.I have read this series about 3 times and NEVER got sick of them once. To rap it up I LOVE YOU PERCY JACKSON!!!! :P
  • (4/5)
    This was the best one yet. Satisfying ending, suspenseful, absolutely perfect for kids grades 4 (avid readers) through 8. My 7th and 8th grade male students are particularly into it now, which surprised me. Anyway, I recommend the series for that age group only, but then again, adults actually obsess over Harry Potter, so who am I to say.



  • (5/5)
    The Titan's army is stronger then ever. With some god, half-blood, and Titan's army fighting there hardest. The Olpians have to stop the monster Typhon. Kronos marches up to Mount Olympia knowing the it is unguarded. Percy Jackson with a young and small army demigods have to guard and stop kronos from getting to Mount Olympia. Percy and the small army destroy the army but typhon is this on the run and is really close to the Mount Olympia. Lucky Poseidon came in the nick of time with an army of cyclopes tie Typhon down for good. Percy, by the God, was ask what he want. Anything! Even to be a god. Percy refused and said You have to promise me on the River Styx. The god stunned promised. Percy ask to prepare there son and daughters by taking them to the camp. The gid stunned again said yes.I really like this book because I like the gods and ancient greece. I like the creatures like satyrs and pegasuses. The author is a great writer. I really enjoyed the book. Like the hunger games It was a page turner. I love authors that write just the right words that it is in detail but without super hard words. I encourage this book to people who just need a book to read. This book is on my list of book that I love.
  • (5/5)
    a fitting end to the Percy Jackson Series. I loved it. I always love when you can feel that point of a book when you know you can't put it down.
  • (4/5)
    A great end to the series. MUCH better than the previous book because the sense of humor is present again, even with the seriousness. Interesting 9/11 metaphors at work.
  • (3/5)
    Good, action filled adventure in the Percy Jackson line.
  • (5/5)
    For me, this book and The Lightening Thief are the best books in the series, still it did come to a satisfactory conclusion. The story line was good and steadily paced, the characters stayed true to the ones we'd come to know. Overall I liked it. I would recommend this book and series. 5 out of 5 stars.
  • (5/5)
    Omg i didnt expect that too happen Percy wasnt the one in the profecy........... like really after all of the stuff percy went throuh and it wasnt him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but still it was the best book i ever read so yeah i recomend this book to every singe person this book is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • (4/5)
    The Last Olympian? Not who you think.The last book in the series? Not exactly.Fans of Percy Jackson will likely enjoy this last chapter in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and be glad to read that a continuing series is in the works, a series following the young heroes after Camp Half-Blood.The Last Olympian is full of non-stop action (and of course, a few jokes), as the fate of the Olympians and indeed, that of the entire mortal world hangs in the balance. Percy’s 16th birthday approaches, along with its mysterious prophecy. The Titans are on the move, and the Olympian gods are divided in their defense. Even the demigods are fractured, with a spy in their midst. A few surprising twists and the relationship between Percy, Rachel and Annabeth will keep readers guessing until the end. A satisfying conclusion to a great series.
  • (5/5)
    Read the entire series. Excellent writer who keeps you interested throughout the book.
  • (5/5)
    Like the other books this one did not make me mad. I love this book. The story continues for Percy Jackson and his friends. Even thought this book is a childrens type book and I am 18. I still enjoyed reading the book and hope that young adults and even older people will pick up this book. Because like the other books in the sereis this one did not take long to read. I am happy with the way that Riordan ended the series and everything that I thought was going to happen from book one did happen in the end of the series.
  • (5/5)
    The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan is the last book in the series of Percy Jackson. Percy hears his great profecey, and he is not happy with it. He knows he will die and Olympus would get distroyed. Nico thinks of this plan and convinces Percy to go with it, and he does. They go to the underworld and Percy takes the risk and swims in the river concetrating hard on his one main weekness. He actually survives, and Nico is surprised. With the help of his friends, Percy is able to rescue Olympus, but there were many deaths. In the end they were each rewarded from the Gods. This is the last and best book of the Percy Jackson series. I didn't want anyone to spoil the end of the book. I am glad Luke died a hero and Percy was able to save Olympus. I would have been really freightened to face all of the monsters and even see Kronos's face. Annabeth was so strong too when she had to fight and got seriously hurt. It was sad though to read that there were many of Percy's friends who died. I really enjoyed reading this series, and I would highly recommend it.
  • (5/5)
    This young adult series is also great for adults. This is the final book in the series. The main character is Percy Jackson, son of a human woman and the Greek God Poseidon. It is current day, and Olympus is now in New York City. The Titan Kronos is trying to destroy Olympus and its gods, and Percy and the other demigods are fighting on the side of Olympus.There is a lot of action in this book, but also good characters who have developed over the course of the series. The series has been really popular, and it is worthy of that popularity. Can't wait to see what Rick Riordan comes up with next.
  • (4/5)
    So, recently my daughter's youth group was getting together to go see the newly released Percy Jackson movie. Problem was, we haven't read the books! (Problem for me, anyway... I hate watching a new "based on book" movie without having read the book. So, in the past few weeks, we checked out the 5 Percy Jackson books from the library:

    The Lightening Thief
    The Sea of Monsters
    The Titan's Curse
    The Battle of the Labyrinth
    The Last Olympians

    My 12 year old loved these books. Ate them up, in fact. I thought they were an enjoyable children's series. I liked the way they combined Greek Mythology into the modern day setting. To compare these books to the Harry Potter series seems unfair. I know there are a few similarities - the "magic", the "trio" of heroes/heroine, etc. but they are a completely different style of books in my opinion. They are not nearly as detailed as the HP series, but let's be honest... there are not many series that are. So, would I say it's the best series ever? No, but it is definitely a fun read if you like the fairy-tales genre.

    Oh, and if you do like this genre, be sure to check out the Nicolas Flammel series (by Michael Scott), which is a better comparison to these books than the Harry Potter books are. Plus, I liked them better.
  • (5/5)
    Awesome! I'm not really fully satisfied with the series ending, since I was left wondering what the heck happens to everyone, but it was a great addition to the series, and a great end to the main storyline. I loved it.
  • (3/5)
    Wow...the final book in this otherwise excellent series was by far the worst. Nearly the entire book is the final battle, and it was a dull one. It's a satisfying ending, and if you have enjoyed the other four you'll definitely want to read it, but exciting is definitely not the word for this one.
  • (4/5)
    A very satisfying wrap up to the series. I think I enjoyed this book the most, even though it did have endless battle scenes.
  • (3/5)
    I hate to end a series read on a sour note, but I think I found this to be the least inspired of the books in the Percy Jackson series. A big part of that may simply be that I read it after reading so many other YA fantasy series, and some of the premises are typical to the genre. However, I did feel as though a few key points were a bit too reminiscent of those in a certain very popular series about a certain other protagonist coming of age and facing a final battle. I can only imagine that creating characters and prose that grow with your readers is something for which few adults have a natural talent. That being said, I enjoyed these books immensely for what they were: easy, engaging reads, with simple but well turned out plots, with characters to whom most readers can relate on some level.
  • (3/5)
    My least favorite of the five. Still engaging but lacking the structure and flow of the first 4. Somewhat rushed and anticlimactic after so long a build up.
  • (4/5)
    Great conclusion to the series! :) Full review later--it's 1am and I am tired
  • (5/5)
    I'm sad to say that I finished [The Last Olympian] and with it The Percy Jackson Series. I wasn't disappointed. I thought Riordan did a great job bringing to the series to a close. It didn't offer any huge surprises or plot twists and yet everything wasn't quite the neat tidy package that a less congident writer might deliver. The writing was crisp with enough action to keep those with short attention spans hooked, but it also delivered a well constructed story and the humor series fans have to come to expect. If any agenda can be had it's that Riordan clearly left the door open for another series that may feature previously secondary characters or new ones. It's hard to fault him and yet I was just a bit put off by that. While a follow-up series wouldn't change the original series, it makes me think of those TV shows that couldn't let a good thing come to a natural end. I'm thinking 'Joanie Love Chachie' or 'Joey'.
  • (5/5)
    A great ending to the Percy Jackson series! I really enjoyed it and flew through it as I did the rest of the books. Lots of action and quite a few surprises, and I liked how the Annabeth, Percy, Rachel love triangle was resolved.