on February 10th 2009
How do you handle an encounter with Medusa on the New Jersey interstate? What's the best way to take down a minotaur? Become an expert on everything in Percy's world with this must-have guide to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Complete with interviews, puzzles, games, and original short stories by Rick Riordan.
This book is a weird mix of character bios, interviews, a look at Annabeth’s trunk, and a few short stories. The individual pieces are kind of hit and miss, but all of the stories are pretty solid and each is worth a read.
Percy Jackson and the Sons of Aries
Not my favorite story in the set, mostly because Clarisse is not my favorite and her brothers are even worse. Aries kids are the actual worst. I do like that Percy and Clarisse come to a sort of truce by the end. It gives their relationship much more character.
Phobos and Diemos are minor gods, and they’re complete dicks. Though what do you expect from gods of fear and terror. You want to punch them in the face from word one.
Percy Jackson and the Bronze Dragon
This story gives a little backstory about something that makes an appearance in the HEROES OF OLYMPUS series: The Bronze Dragon. You also get a little more time with Beckendorff, son of Hephestus.
The creatures in this story, which are kind of like giant acidy fire ants, are equal parts gross and creepy. They make great opponents for our heroes but made my skin crawl. I hate bugs. The ending is sweet and funny, like Riordan does so well.
Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades
This is my favorite story in the set. I love adventures to the underworld. They always have the best obstacles and the most creative stories. Add to that the the MCs are the 3 children of the Big 3 (Percy, Nico, and Thalia), and you’ve got a recipe for awesome.
It is also the longest of the stories. It had been a long time since I’d read this one but I was just as excited as the first time. It’s the one story I would recommend all Percy fans read. I’ll say no more to avoid spoilers but, UGH, so much yes.
This is a fun book but not a necessity unless you’re a big fan. It gives a lot of nice backstory for later books but its not a required read. The rest of the content is mostly useless and completely skippable.
How do you feel about these companion books? Share your thought in the comments.
From my shelf to yours,
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