Written By: Emily Duncan
If you haven’t heard of the Percy Jackson series, you have been living under a rock. This series is quite famous and has a large fan base. There’s the first series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians. This one begins with The Lightning Thief. Then there’s the following series: Heroes of Olympus. The beginning of this one is The Lost Hero. There are five books in each series and each series has its own amazing, individual plot.
The author, Rick Riordan, started the series after having to come up with bedtime stories for his kids. He created his own characters, plot, and ideas. It all just flowed after that.
The first series is all about Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, going on an adventure to save Manhattan from Kronos with his friends from Camp Half-Blood: Annabeth, daughter of Athena, and Grover, a satyr. He gains new friends, fights numerous battles, and makes a stand for all demigods.
The second series is about a new group of people. Percy, Annabeth, and Camp-Half Blood are still in it, of course. New characters just happen along the way. The new characters being Jason, Leo, Piper, Coach Hedge, Reyna, Hazel, Frank, and others from the first series, like Nico and Rachel, are involved as well.
In this one, a new camp is discovered, yet they’re not Greeks. They’re Romans, and their camp is called Camp Jupiter (the fight of which camp is better is an ongoing struggle between the fandom, but, let’s all be honest, Camp Half-Blood will forever be better than Camp Jupiter). With the arrival of this new group and camp, there comes new battles and problems only a handful of demigods can solve.
The entire series is riveting, keeps you on the edge of your seat, and is well written. The characters are amazing and you can relate to them. My top three favorites are: Percy, Nico, and Leo. Each one goes through so much – the other characters do too but, these stand out to me – and come out stronger in the end. Percy is loyal to those he loves, grows stronger as things progress, and his sass is on point. Nico is dark, mysterious, and shy but has the biggest heart. Leo is smart, hilarious, and keeps a smile on everyone’s face.
I highly recommend the series to anyone and everyone. It teaches you about Greek and Roman mythology and other life lessons. The characters, places, and time lines all flow and connect, each one making perfect sense as you read. Rick Riordan did an amazing job creating this series.
The only thing I don’t recommend is watching the movies. They are horrible in relation to the books and need to be burned, destroyed, never created, or remade to match the books. For those of you who have seen the movies before reading the books: I am sorry your version of this wonderful creation was tainted.
P.S. Rick Riordan has other series worthy of a look at. One in particular is on Egyptian mythology for those of you into that kind of stuff. It’s called The Kane Chronicles. A new one he has is called Magnus Chase and is based on Norse mythology (Thor and the Gods of Asgard).
P.P.S. There’s another book possibly coming out for after the Heroes of Olympus series ends. It’s all about Apollo and what happens with him and our favorite demigods. So, if you have read the series, keep an eye out for the new one.