The Blood of Olympus
7!!!!

(Art by John Rocco)

One week.  One.  WEEK.  After all these months of waiting, I actually can’t even process this.

"The last thing I wanted to do on my summer break was blow up another school."

Penultimate books have a tendency to develop characters.  Like, a lot.  It’s sort of a way of saying, ‘Hey- these are the characters that are going into the final battle.’  Not to say characters don’t go through development in the final books- it’s just that the second-to-last books need to give that extra boost, change, and preparation.

We saw all that and more in The Battle of the Labyrinth.  We see Percy realize that maybe the gods aren’t all that great after all.  Annabeth has to confront the fact of Luke’s betrayal and transformation head-on, and she also resigns herself to the fact that she is is love with Percy (cough, pg 203).  Grover finds freaking PAN.  Tyson becomes a fierce warrior, and is no longer a weakness to Percy, but an asset.  

The monsters were scarier and bigger- Kampe, Geryon, the whole works.  Delving into the labyrinth was insane.  Their minds and spirit were twisted and tested.  They prevailed, but at a cost.  The maze did things to them.  Even tough Clarisse nearly loses her mind.  

I think going into the labyrinth was a lot like going into the House of Hades- all the characters were forced to confront obstacles they’d been avoiding.  Those conflicts led to the most development we’ve seen yet at this point in the story.  

For all the battles, revelations, betrayals, and romance, you’d think the ending would be something even more crazy.  Yet, for the first time in the series, it’s a calm ending.  The loose ends are somewhat tied up.  We know what awaits Percy and his friends in the last battle.  The ending wasn’t a cliffhanger- it was the calm before the storm, exactly like in The House of Hades.  It’s a perfect way to prep for the last installment.

At this point, Percy is having second thoughts on what he’s fighting for.  His relationship with Annabeth is getting more strained.  He isn’t sure if he wants to know how his prophecy unravels.  It’s an exciting time, to say the least.  Much of this development is revisited in Heroes of Olympus, and I can’t wait to see more in The Blood of Olympus

"It sounds like we’ve got a lot to talk about." 

minuiko:

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(the amount of requests I got for this pair…)

minuiko:

>w>

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(the amount of requests I got for this pair…)

Some people DO start school later. I know a girl with a summer birthday who graduated at the age of 19, not because she failed, but because she didn't start elementary school until she was seven. So Percy could totally start later. Alternatively, he could have failed a grade when he was younger, being dyslexic and ADD and such, and we just weren't told. Both could be true, but I think him starting later is more likely. I can see Sally waiting a year until he's older, because of his dyslexia.

Exactly. 

To the person who asked about annabeths "choice" she already made it. In the last Olympian it was brought up how annabeth didn't go with Luke before he turned into Kronos it was her choice there that pushed him to being Kronos vessel that. He offered to runaway with her and she turned him down that was her "choice".

Oh, true- that was probably it.  There’s still a small part of me that thinks it might not be over just yet, but you’re most likely right.  Good point!

So, everyone is talking about how they think Percy will die in BoO, but does no one remember the last olympian?!?! When Percy saw the fates, he saw his life flash before his eyes, and HE DIED AN OLD MAN!! I strongly believe that in greek myths the fates would show you what your life would ACTUALLY be like. Just a thought to try and calm some nerves...

Yeah, it’s pretty clear Percy will survive, especially since we saw him in The Son of Sobek.

To answer that ask that I saw you get, some kids near the cut off go into school later if their parents don't think they are emotionally ready. At least where I live. However, this still irritates me, because that would mean Annabeth would be a grade ahead, unless maybe factoring in all the time she had without "proper" schooling... UNCLE RICK MUST ANSWER THIS IS TOO COMPLICATED

Annabeth, I think, is in the same grade as Percy…i think that was said somewhere? Not sure!  But I do know that Annabeth’s a month older than Percy, which is a fact I LOVE!

8- 100 Day BoO Countdown Challenge

Write a letter to Leo.

Dear Leo,

Well, here we are, at the end of the line.  You, Leo Valdez, have had the most incredible journey.  I can remember you from the very beginning- all those years ago- with your funny remarks, and sarcastic attitude, all covering a deep misery and feeling of inadequacy.  

Look at you now!  You’ve confronted those emotions head on.  You’re the supreme commander of the Argo 2!  You’ve won the heart of Calypso.  You saved Percy and Annabeth from the depths of hell.  You have defeated monster after monster, and still come back for more.  

You really are a crucial part of the Seven.  No matter how many times you felt excluded, you were always completely needed.  Every single one of them loves you to death, gods know we all do.  You’ve got a lot of hardships to come, but you can overcome them.  You always have before. 

Gaea tried to break you before you were even born.  Your fate was pre-ordained.  But she never succeeded- not even a little.  Because even at your worst, Leo, you’ve always been the best.  

You’re our bad-boy supreme, the super sized mcshizzle man!  You’ve grown so much, and we have always been with you to the end of the line.  It’s time to bring the curtains closed, but don’t let them get away without the grand finale.  Good luck, and go Team Leo!

Love,

Elizabeth

Hi! I just have a random question about PJO and I hope you can help me. So I'm re-reading the series again in preparation for BOO. I'm currently on TBOTL and I'm a bit confused about Percy's age vs grade. In this book he is going to be turning 15, but going into grade 9. By that logic when he turns 16 he will be going into grade 10. Because he has a summer birthday this doesn't make sense. He should be going into grade 11. Hope you can clean this up for me :)

Well, some kids start later I guess!  That’s the best I could figure.  When I went into grade 9, I was fourteen, and turned fifteen later on in the year.  But I knew people who didn’t turn fifteen til the summer after, or they already did the summer before, like Percy.  He just started school later maybe.  

kateidr:

let´s talk about pipebeth!
by the way, 80 followers!!

kateidr:

let´s talk about pipebeth!

by the way, 80 followers!!

irespakka:

Lost in thoughts.
quick sketch of Nico with the longest of hair

irespakka:

Lost in thoughts.

quick sketch of Nico with the longest of hair