A collection of short stories and games by Rick RiordanPublication Date: January 1st, 2012
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Targeted Audience: Teenagers who need more of Percabeth
Summary: What dangers do runaway demigods Luke and Thalia face on their way to Camp Half-Blood? Are Percy and Annabeth up to the task of rescuing stolen goods from a fire-breathing giant who doesn't take kindly to intruders? How exactly are Leo, Piper, and Jason supposed to find a runaway table, dodge a band of party-loving Maenads (who just might be a little psychotic), and stave off a massive explosion... all in one hour or less?
With his trademark wit and creativity, Rick Riordan answers these questions and more in three never-before-seen short stories that provide vital back-story to the Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson books. Original art, enlightening character interviews and profiles, puzzles, and a quiz add to the fun in this action-packed collection.
*A story from Luke Castellan's point of view, from the days when he adventured with Thalia and Annabeth. Many people have asked me to write an adventure prequel to The Lightning Thief. Here it is!
*A classic first-person Percy Jackson story, the first I've written since The Last Olympian. In this adventure, Annabeth and Percy's date is interrupted by the god Hermes, whose staff has been stolen by a fire-breathing giant. This cannot be good . . .
*A Leo Valdez story, set at Camp Half-Blood. As Leo builds the Argo II, something goes terribly wrong. Now Leo will need the help of Piper and Jason, or the entire camp might be destroyed.
*And, as announced on Rock Center, the anthology includes a debut short story from my son Haley. Since Haley inspired the entire Percy Jackson series, it seemed only right that I asked him to contribute his own original spin on Percy's world for this book. I was amazed at what Haley came up with. His brother Patrick, who's a tough editor, was quick to say, "Dad, his story is better than yours!" Haley ponders the question: "What happened to the demigods who fought with Kronos's army after the battle in Manhattan?" This is the story of one such demigod, and I have to admit, some of Haley's ideas are so good I wish I'd come up with them!
Before dwelling into my rant about the four awesome short stories I'm just going to mention that this book has puzzles, quizzes and images of the characters. Ok, so now the rant.
I almost died when I read the first story of Luke and Thalia and how they fight an unbeatable creatures called Leucrotae. It was so different than his other book plots that I loved it even more. It shows us that Luke had seen how cruel Gods were to their kids. In this, it's Apollo's son Halcyon Green and his horrible curse. It was an insightful back story. And it also shows how they met Annabeth. *looks up into the sky with glittering eyes* She must have been soooo cute! A tiny rebel!
Plus when I began reading the part with loads of Percabeth in it... I hyperventilated to death. THEY WERE ON A DATE!! Finally! In the Heroes of Olympus series we were just told that they were dating but in this book there was a part of their date! AAAAAAH! I read it a few weeks ago and I'm still feeling so excited typing it!
It was so cute how Percy wanted to be the best boyfriend to Annabeth. But since he forgot that it was the one month anniversary of the day they first kissed... yup, he was in trouble. But just then Hermes comes to the rescue! kind of. Hermes lost his staff and he was afraid that he will be ridiculed and mocked for the rest of his life by the other Gods if they found out and so he turns to Percabeth to help. The fight between Percy, Annabeth and the giant Cacus was an awesome but equally hilarious fight.
[Cacus was the one who stole George and Martha, who slither across the staff of Hermes or his caduceus, whatever]
But of course Percy and Annabeth did celebrate their anniversary at the end of the day.
The next story is about Leo's Buford problem while making the spanking hot Argo 2. If you have read Mark of Athena, you would know who Buford is... It's a table that walks and runs. And in this short story Buford ran away cause' Leo cleaned him with Windex. I swear I could not stop laughing when I read this part. This particular short story among all was the most hilarious. Jason, Leo and Piper try finding Buford but end up meeting the Maenads-Dionysus fanclub, who happen to eat the people they party with.
The last story is written by Rick Riordan's son Haley. It's called the Son of Magic and it is the back story of what happened to the ones who fought for Kronos. It's a really sad story. I felt bad for those who fought against the demigods. Specially Alabaster (who is the Son of magic referred to), son of Hecate. I also loved Dr. Claymore. It is how any normal, practical human would behave if exposed to some other worldly stuff but he had enough sense to accept it by the end.
I was truly shocked by the time I finished this short story. It was amazing how his son was able to write like a pro. I guess writing runs in his family genes now. But I hope his son doesn't end up torturing his fans to death with cliffhangers like how Rick Riordan does. That would be horrible.
I guess all writers kids are awesome. Here is Haley Riordan and then there's Jodi Picoult's daughter Samantha Van Leer who wrote "Between the Lines" [Link of the review here ]
So this is all I have to say, I rate this book a five! Isn't it obvious why? A must read for all those Percabeth fans and Leo Valdez Fanclub members!
Lots of Love & Pasta