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Summary:

“Young Demigods, Your Destiny Awaits!

You must prepare yourself for a difficult future: fighting monsters, adventuring across the globe, and dealing with temperamental Greek and Roman gods. In this top secret collection of four never-before-told stories, character portraits, and interviews, maps, diagrams, and puzzles from Camp Half-Blood Senior Scribe Rick Riordan, you’ll join your favorite demigods from the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus series as they face dangerous foes and perilous tasks. What you learn from their experiences could very well save your life!”

Review:

Once again, Rick Riordan never fails to amaze me in his books!

This was another very enjoyable read for me. It was definitely one of my favorite books by him that I have read so far.

This book was similar to Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Demigod Files (which I have a full review on here on the blog) in a way. Both of these books were collections of short stories (obviously taking place within the world of Percy Jackson) and also had interviews with characters, as well as activities, included throughout the book. This book had more short stories than it did anything else but nevertheless it was still an amazing read.

The first short story that we as the readers get to read was The Diary of Luke Castellan. This was by far my favorite out of the four. This story followed Luke, the son of Hermes, years before the events of the Percy Jackson series took place. We get to see him meet Thalia, the daughter of  Zeus, and Annabeth, daughter of Athena. All of these characters played such big roles in the Percy Jackson series so it was great to see how all of them met and got to Camp Half-Blood in the first place. It was a very bittersweet story considering what happens to Luke when we do get to the Percy Jackson books.

The second story was Percy Jackson and The Staff of Hermes. In this story we follow Percy and Annabeth, who are now dating, as they are supposed to be celebrating their one month anniversary together. However, all goes in a completely different direction when the god Hermes tells them that his caduceus goes missing. He then sends them on a mission to find his caduceus. They travel to the meatpacking district of New York City where they discover that the caduceus is in the hands of the of a giant named Cacus. In order to get it back and deliver it back to Hermes, they battle the giant and finally defeat him. After returning the caduceus back to Hermes, the god thanks them by sending them to Paris for a night under the stars so that they can relax and celebrate their anniversary in style. This story was very action packed and kept me on the edge of my seat but ultimately left me very satisfied with the ending.

The next story was Leo Valdez and The Quest for Buford. This story follows our three main characters from the Heroes of Olympus series: Leo, Jason, and Piper. Now, personally for me, I can’t really give you a great summary of this story only because it was kind of all over the place for me. Since, at this point, I have yet to read the Heroes of Olympus series, I didn’t know the characters very well and at some points, I couldn’t really understand what was going on. What I can tell you is that the three characters go into battle with some Maenads,  who work for Dionysus, the god of wine. In some of the scenes, the Maenads are drunk on what I’m guessing was spiked eggnog so they were kind of drunk. They think that Leo is Dionysus and that him, Jason, and Piper have come over for a party. They eventually discover that it isn’t Dionysus and try to destroy them for fooling them. The half-blood ultimately prevail over the Maenads and everything goes back to normal. I think that if I had read at least the first book in the Heroes of Olympus series I would probably understand this story better but I still did enjoy it.

The last story we got to read was something a little different. It is called Son of Magic. This story was actually written by Rick Riordan’s son Haley specifically for this book. Haley was the inspiration behind Percy Jackson as he was someone who struggled with ADHD as a child but at the same time loved mythology. He is now a writer of his own and I think that is absolutely fantastic. The story follows the character Howard Claymore, who is a writer. At the beginning of the story, he is talking to a young boy named Alabaster who has a fascination with the afterlife. When he is finished talking to the boy, Howard goes home. Little did he know that Alabaster was about to change his life significantly. That night he has a dream in which Alabaster is talking to his mother Hecate, the goddess of magic, about the battle between the campers at Camp Half-Blood and Kronos and his army at the end of  The Last Olympian. Alabaster then explains that he was fighting with Kronos in the battle and ultimately thought that he would prevail. Howard is spooked by this dream and the next day goes to find and talk to the boy when he is confronted by Lamia, who happens to be the sister of Alabaster. She then tries to kill him while explaining that her mother refused the offer to have her children get their own cabin at the Camp Half-Blood because most of her children had been killed. The fight leads back to the house where Alabaster is living where Howard talks to Alabaster on how to defeat his sister. Alabaster then says that he has been trying to figure that out for years and that is why he came to Howard in the first place. The battle continues and Howard ultimately sacrifices himself to save Alabaster. He is then sent to a Heaven-like place where he meets Lamia and Alabaster’s mother Hecate who thanks him for what he had done. She then says that she saved both of her children and that Lamia is no longer a danger. She finally sends Howard back to where the battle had left off and is assigned to protect Alabaster. This story was fantastic. The writing was great and so were the characters. I hope to see Haley publish his own books someday because I would love to read more written by him.

Overall, this book was fantastic. I do wish I had read before I started Heroes of Olympus but nevertheless it was great. I can’t recommend Rick Riordan’s books enough. They are all truly amazing.

RATING: 5/5

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