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Percy Jackson & the Olympians

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Percy Jackson & the Olympians
AuthorRick Riordan
IllustratorJohn Rocco
CountryUnited States
GenreFantasy, Young-adult fiction
PublisherDisney Hyperion (formerly Miramax Books)
Media typePrint (hardback and paperback)
No. of books6
Followed byThe Heroes of Olympus

Percy Jackson & the Olympians is a series of five adventure and fantasy novels written by Rick Riordan, an American author. It is set in the modern United States, but it is based on Greek mythology. The series has five books total. There are also other books outside the series like ''The Demigod Files'' and ''Demigods and Monsters'' that are related to the series.

Percy Jackson is the protagonist (main character), or hero, of the series. He discovers that he is a son of the Greek god Poseidon. He meets many half-bloods (demigods) like him, such as Annabeth Chase and Luke Castellan. He also becomes friends with a satyr named Grover Underwood.

As of March 5, 2010, the series had been on the New York Times Best Seller list for children's books for 138 weeks.[1]

Books in the series[change | change source]

Companion books[change | change source]

Main characters[change | change source]

Listed are the major characters in the series.

  • Percy Jackson – age 12-16, demigod (half-god) son of Poseidon; he is the protagonist (main character) of the series.
  • Grover Underwood – age 28-33 Satyr, best friend of Percy, Lord of the Wild in The Last Olympian. Since satyrs age slower than people, he is the equivalent (the same as) a 13-17 year old person.
  • Annabeth Chase – age 12-16, demigod daughter of Athena, strong friend (and later girlfriend) of Percy. Very smart, good at building and strategy.
  • Luke Castellan – age 19-23, demigod son of Hermes, later controlled by Kronos, kills himself in The Last Olympian in order to save Olympus. Antagonist (villain) of series, turns into hero at the end.
  • Thalia Grace – age 12-16, demigod daughter of Zeus, first appears at the end of The Sea of Monsters and joins the Hunters of Artemis in The Titan's Curse.
  • Nico di Angelo – age 10-14, demigod son of Hades, holds grudge against Percy temporarily, commands the dead.
  • Tyson – age 8-12, Percy's Cyclops half-brother through Poseidon, first appears at the beginning of The Sea of Monsters, assists Percy frequently throughout series.
  • Clarisse La Rue – age 14-18, demigod daughter of Ares, does not get along with Percy or Annabeth.
  • Rachel Elizabeth Dare – age 14-16, a "clear-sighted" mortal who helps Percy on multiple occasions, later becoming the Oracle of Delphi.

Minor characters[change | change source]

Here is a list of some other characters:

  • Chiron - age unknown, wise trainer of demigods at Camp Half-Blood, is also a centaur and doubles as wheel-chaired human Mr. Brunner.
  • Sally Jackson - age unknown, mother of Percy Jackson and ex-wife of Gabe Ugliano.
  • Bianca di Angelo - 12 (permanently), sister of Nico and daughter of Hades. Becomes a Hunter of Artemis until she sacrifices herself to save her friends. Only in Titan's Curse.

Movie[change | change source]

Chris Columbus directed the movie adaptation of the first book, The Lightning Thief for 20th Century Fox. There is also a sequel series of books called The Heroes of Olympus.[2][3] Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson and Alexandra Daddario play Percy, Grover and Annabeth respectively.[4]

Influences[change | change source]

There are many websites built by fans dedicated to the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Best Sellers Children's books – SERIES BOOKS". New York Times. 5 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-09.
  2. Claude Brodesser (2004-06-23). "'Lightning Thief' strikes Maverick". Variety. Archived from the original on 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2008-07-30.
  3. Peter Gilstrap (2007-04-17). "Columbus struck by 'Lightning'". Variety. Retrieved 2008-07-30.
  4. Siegel, Tatiana (2009-03-02). "'Percy Jackson' finds lead actors". Variety. Archived from the original on 2009-05-15. Retrieved 2009-05-15.
  5. "Camp Half Blood X Camp Jupiter, one of the websites built by fans". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2012-09-18.