Hello Bookworms, if you didn’t already know I LOVE PERCY JACKSON! I mean I obsessively read them for a few years, and now I just have an undying love for them! YAY! My history with Percy Jackson goes back nearly a decade, as I first read The Lightning Thief when I was 8. This post has been so intimidating to make just because I don’t even know where to start. I love PJO SO MUCH that I could talk(and write) about it for hours and even days on end. I finally decided that I would ~TRY~(keyword: try) to decide what my favourite book from the Percy Jackson Series is. (please note that when I am referring to the series/any of the books I mean Percy Jackson & The Olympians AND The Heroes of Olympus). I always mix these two series, because in my mind they are one BIG series. So I will be briefly discussing my opinion on the books(hint: there is nothing negative to say) and deciding which one I like best(FOR NOW). My opinion very well may change in less than 24 hours, yes I am very ~indecisive~.
MOVING ON!!! Here are all the books in Percy Jackson & The Olympians(in order)!
My Thoughts :
Now here is my attempt at listing these books from favourite to least favourite (don’t hold me accountable😲).
- The Lightning Thief (book one): The book that started it ALL. This book follows the life of Percy Jackson, a 12-year-old teen diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD. Percy learns he is the son of a Greek god, Poseidon and is sent to a “training ground” called Camp Half-Blood to learn how to control and harness his powers. Later, Percy gets caught up in a feud between Zeus and Poseidon as he is accused of stealing Zeus’s lightning bolt and he prepares for a quest to prove his innocence. This book is such a strong first book. It intrigues the reader, and does an incredible job of introducing all the characters, and getting us entangled in this series. I remember reading this book for the first time, putting myself in Percy’s shoes and thinking I was a demigod too…. (I would also play outside with my sister pretending we would travel to the Underworld almost every day….). I was ~slightly~ obsessed, still am!!!
- The Battle of the Labyrinth (book four): Even though it’s ~nearly~ impossible for me to list these books because of how much I ADORE them, The Battle of the Labyrinth takes second place. For some readers, they may not have noticed a big difference in writing from this book to the previous one but I sure did. There is just something that I cannot QUITE pinpoint that makes this novel so memorable for me. This is a horrible summary and explanation of my feelings towards this book, but just take my word for it.
- The Last Olympian (book five): This book takes third place, just because it’s the last book in this series so it holds some sort of importance. If you are expecting me to say anything negative, leave now. THERE IS NOTHING NEGATIVE TO SAY! The Last Olympian was an excellent ending to the series, it clarified some mysteries, but sparked enough interest to make another series.
- The Sea of Monsters (book two): Now, book two is where I ~really~ got attached to these characters. Annabeth quickly became my fav(and she still is), and the reader got to delve into Percy, Annabeth and Grover’s friendship. The plot of this book revolves around the trio on a quest to save Camp-Half Blood, as it’s protective borders have dissolved and monsters have begun attacking. Every book in the series plays a crucial role in telling the story and transporting the reader to an alternate universe.
- The Titan’s Curse (book three): This book wasn’t exactly remarkable in my books. Don’t get me wrong, it yielded all the amazing things you would expect from a Percy Jackson book. With new characters, yet another fast–paced quest, Titan’s Curse is definitely not a book you want to skip.
These books are where I got my interest in Greek mythology and they did shape my personality in some way. Even though Percy Jackson and The Olympians’ writing is a little juvenile for a 17/18-year-old the books are STILL SO GOOD! Reading Riordan’s writing, it’s evident why these books are so popular. The prose could not possibly get any better. The dialogue is on point with each of the characters’ personality and the storyline is beyond impressive.
And here we have The Heroes of Olympus(also in order)!!
My Thoughts :
This one is going to be SO much harder to list, as this series was written for a more mature age, and IT WAS ALL JUST PERFECT! (if you couldn’t already tell I am pretty biased😳😏).
- The Mark of Athena (book three): ATHENA, MY QUEEN, MY MOTHER! As you can tell, Annabeth Chase is (probably) my favourite character in all the books, so when I found out this book was partially NARRATED by her I was VERYYYYYY ecstatic. And there is just something about the cover that is so ~intriguing~ to me. The more I look at it the uglier it gets(oops), but for some reason, I am put under a spell by the owl.
- The House of Hades (book four): This book and The Mark of Athena are VERY CLOSE in my “list of favourites“, and I would probably list these both as #1 if I could. The House of Hades was written SO well it should be illegal. This storyline kills me each time I read it, WHY RIORDAN WHY!!! This book just gives me immense chills and happiness all in one.
- The Son of Neptune (book two): Any book that is written mostly from Percy’s perspective is going to be a good one. He is such a raw, real and genuinely goofy character that I think it’s physically impossible not to love him. There isn’t much else to say, as The Son of Neptune ends off with another one of Riordan’s classic cliffhangers.
- The Blood of Olympus (book five): I feel an obligation not to put this last because it isn’t a “bad” ending to this series. Writing an ending to years of writing, with hundreds of characters and trying to appease millions of readers is no easy feat. The Blood of Olympus perfectly closes the books. Leaving the character’s future up to the reader’s imagination, but also manages to simultaneously write a satisfying ending. The book was not bad, nor was it great. It was a bittersweet ending as all the readers said goodbye to their beloved characters, but we were glad they got the happy ending they deserved.
- The Lost Hero (book one): It genuinely hurts me to rate one of these books as last, but it has to be done. The Lost Hero comes in last for me not because it deserves being here, but because all the other books deserve to be ahead of it(did that make sense? probably not). Anyways, this novel introduces loads of new characters, and even if you don’t initially love them, I’m sure you will grow too. Riordan does not disappoint with this entertaining read, as it’s a great start to another wonderful series.
Long story short, this post is a huge fan letter to Uncle Rick so PLEASE ADOPT ME(sorry mom and dad)!!!!
So if I HAD to pick which novel I would bring with me on a deserted island(yes a very creative and unique question I know…). It would be…….(drumroll please)……….THE MARK OF ATHENA(you probably already guessed…smh).