Hey y’all. Sorry that I haven’t been active in the past weeks, BUT i resurface with an awesome subject: the series Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan!! I’ve recently just bought the latest book, House of Hades; however, I thought that, before I embark on Book 4’s new adventure, it would only be proper to look back on the heroes’ previous adventures in the first three books. Here are some of my favorite scenes from each book 😉 (Note: If you haven’t read the books, you might not understand the following lines)
The Lost Hero
1. Jason’s PoV:
“Clovis!” Annabeth shook harder, then finally knocked on his forehead about six times.
“Wh-wh-what?” Clovis complained, sitting up and squinting. he yawned hugely, and both Annabeth and Jason yawned too.
“Stop that!” Annabeth said. “We need your help.”
2. Piper’s PoV:
“That photo in your pocket,” she said. “Is that someone from your past?”
Jason pulled back.
“I’m sorry,” she said. “None of my business. Forget it.”
“No–it’s okay.” His features relaxed. “Just, I’m trying to figure things out. Her name’s Thalia. She’s my sister. I don’t remember any details. I’m not even sure how I know, but–um, why are you smiling?”
3. Jason’s PoV:
“Go to sleep, cage,” Piper said. “Nice, sleepy cage. Yes, I’m talking to a bunch of earthen tendrils. This isn’t weird at all.”
The Son of Neptune
1. Percy’s PoV:
“Before you slash me to bits,” he said, “who’s this patron you mentioned?”
Euryale sneered. “The goddess Gaea, of course! The one who brought us back from oblivion! You won’t live long enough to meet her, but your friends below will soon face her wrath. Even now, her armies are marching south. At the Feast of Fortune, she’ll awaken, and the demigods will be cut down like–like–”
“Like our low prices at Bargain Mart!” Stheno suggested.
“Gah!” Euryale stormed toward her sister.
2. Percy’s PoV:
“You remind me of someone,” Percy said. “I can’t remember who.”
“Possibly my namesake, Octavian–Augustus Caesar. Everyone says I bear a remarkable resemblance.”
Percy didn’t think that was it, but he couldn’t pin down the memory. “Why did you call me ‘the Greek’?”
“I saw it in the auguries.” Octavian waved his knife at the pile of stuffing on the altar. The message said: The Greek has arrived. Or possibly: The goose has cried. I’m thinking the first interpretation is correct.”
3. Frank’s PoV:
Octavian somehow managed to bow even lower. “Um, Lord Mars, just one tiny thing. A quest requires a prophecy, a mystical poem to guide us! We used to get them from the Sibylline books, but now it’s up to the augur to glean the will of gods. So if I could just run and get about seventy stuffed animals and possibly a knife–”
“You’re the augur? the god interrupted.
“Y-yes, my lord.”
Mars pulled a scroll from his utility belt. “Anyone got a pen?”
The legionnaires stared at him.
Mars sighed. “Two hundred Romans, and no one’s got a pen? Never mind!”
He slung his M16 onto his back and pulled out a hand grenade. There were many screaming Romans. Then the grenade morphed into a ballpoint pen, and Mars began to write.
Frank looked at Percy with wide eyes. He mouthed: Can your sword do grenade form?
Percy mouthed back, No. Shut up.
“There!” Mars finished writing and threw the scroll at Octavian. “A prophecy. You can add it to your books, engrave it on your floor, whatever.”
Octavian read the scroll. “This says, ‘Go to Alaska. Find Thanatos and free him. Come back by sundown on June twenty-fourth or die.”
“Yes,” Mars said. “Is that not clear?”
“Well, my lord…usually prophecies are unclear. They’re wrapped in riddles. They rhyme, and…”
Mars casually popped another grenade off his belt. “Yes?”
“The prophecy is clear!” Octavian announced. “A quest!”
4. Hazel’s PoV:
“You’ll learn respect,” Kinzie said. “It’s males like you who have ruined the mortal world. The only harmonious society is one run by women. We are stronger, wiser–”
“More humble”, Percy said.
5. Hazel’s PoV:
“Um…is that thing tame?” Frank said.
The horse whinnied angrily.
“I don’t think so,” Percy guessed. “He just said, ‘I will trample you to death, silly Chinese Canadian baby man.'”
6. Percy’s PoV:
Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Tyson pounding the Earthborn into the ground like a game of whack-a-mole. Ella was fluttering above him, dodging missiles and calling out advice: “The groin. The Earthborn’s groin is sensitive.”
“Good. Yes. Tyson found its groin.”
The Mark of Athena
1. Leo’s PoV:
“So,” Frank said. “Your name isn’t Sammy?
Leo scowled. “What kind of question is that?”
“Nothing,” Frank said quickly.
2. Leo’s PoV:
“So… you have to repeat everything?” he asked.
Leo couldn’t help smiling. “That could be fun.”
“Fun,” she said unhappily.
“Kiss me, you fool.”
“Leo,” Hazel pleaded, “don’t tease her.”
3. Percy’s PoV:
“What…?” Percy rubbed his eyes. “Oh, we just fell asleep.”
Frank swallowed. “Everyone thinks you’ve been kidnapped,” he said. ‘We’ve been scouring the ship. When Coach Hedge finds out–oh gods, you’ve been here all night?”
“Frank!” Annabeth’s ears were as red as strawberries. “We just came down here to talk. We fell asleep. Accidentally. That’s it.”
“Kissed a couple of times,” Percy said.
Annabeth glared at him. “Not helping!”
“We’d better…” Frank pointed to the stable doors. “Uh, we’re supposed to meet for breakfast. Would you explain what you did–I mean didn’t do? I mean… I really don’t want that faun–I mean satyr–to kill me.”
4. Annabeth’s PoV:
She needed help…some kind of distress signal to Coach Hedge, or even better–Percy.
“Well?” Octavian demanded. His two friends brandished their swords.
Very slowly, using only two fingers, Annabeth drew her dagger. Instead of dropping it, she tossed it as far as she could into the water.
Octavian made a squeaking sound. “What was that for?I didn’t say toss it! That could’ve been evidence. Or spoils of war!”
Annabeth tried for a dumb-blonde smile, like: Oh, silly me.
Nobody who knew her would have been fooled. But Octavian seemed to buy it. He huffed in exasperation.
“You other two…” He pointed his blade at Hazel and Piper. “Put your weapons on the dock. No funny bus-”
All around the Romans, Charleston Harbor erupted like a Las Vegas fountain putting on a show. When the wall of seawater subsided, the three Romans were in the bay, spluttering and frantically trying to stay afloat in their armor. Percy stood on the dock, holding Annabeth’s dagger.
“You dropped this,” he said, totally poker-faced.
Annabeth threw her arms around him. “I love you!”
5. Leo’s PoV:
“Indeed!” Aphros pounded his chest. “I trained Bill myself. A great merman.”
“You teach combat, I guess.”
Aphros threw his hands up in exasperation. “Why does everyone assume that?”
Leo glanced at the massive sword on the fish-guy’s back. “Uh, I don’t know.”
“I teach music and poetry!” Aphros said. “Life skills! Homemaking! These are important for heroes.”
“Absolutely.” Leo tried to keep a straight face. “Sewing? Cookie baking?”
“Yes. I’m glad you understand. Perhaps later, if I don’t have to kill you, I will share my brownie recipe.”
And… the epic finale of The Mark of Athena!
“Percy, let me go,” she croaked. “You can’t pull me up.”
His face was white with effort. She could see in his eyes that he knew it was hopeless.
“Never,” he said. He looked up at Nico, fifteen feet above. “The other side, Nico! We’ll see you there. Understand?”
Nico’s eyes widened. “But–”
“Lead them there!” Percy shouted. “Promise me!”
Below them, the voice laughed in the darkness. Sacrifices. Beautiful sacrifices to wake the goddess.
Percy tightened his grip on Annabeth’s wrist. His face was gaunt, scraped and bloody, his hair dusted with cobwebs, but when he locked eyes with here, she thought he had never looked more handsome.
“We’re staying together,” he promised. “You’re not getting away from me. Never again.”
Only then did she understand what would happen. A one-way trip. A very hard fall.
As long as we’re together,” she said.
She heard Nico and Hazel still screaming for help. She saw the sunlight far, far above–maybe the last sunlight she would ever see.
Then Percy let go of his tiny ledge, and together, holding hands, he and Annabeth fell into the endless darkness.
So. After that heart-wrenching cliff-hanger, I am so glad to be able to finally read The House of Hades. Hope you enjoyed, folks!