The Last Olympian
|Series||Percy Jackson & the Olympians (Book Five)|
|Genre||Fantasy, Greek mythology, Young adult|
|May 5, 2009|
|Media type||Print (hardcover and paperback), Audiobook|
|Preceded by||The Battle of the Labyrinth|
The Last Olympian is a fantasy-adventure novel based on Greek mythology by Rick Riordan published on May 5, 2009. It is the fifth and final installment in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series and serves as the direct sequel to The Battle of the Labyrinth. There is a statement at the end of the book referencing the close of "the first Camp Half-Blood series," indicating that there might be more to follow. The Last Olympian revolves around the demigod Perseus Jackson as he leads his friends in a last stand to protect Mount Olympus. The book received many positive reviews.
Synopsis[change | change source]
Plot summary[change | change source]
Percy Jackson, his friends, and the Olympians fight in a war resembling the original war between the Greek gods and the Titans and in a final battle with the powerful Titan, Kronos. Many fight for Olympus, including the Hunters of Artemis, dryads, satyrs, naiads, and tree nymphs, Chiron's centaur cousins the Party Ponies, and the hellhound Mrs. O'Leary. They must defend Mt. Olympus from Kronos' huge army consisting of rogue half-bloods, dracaenae, Hyperboreans, Laestrygonians, drakon, Hyperion, telekhines, Typhon, and hellhounds.
It is revealed that Luke had bathed in the River Styx, thus becoming nearly invincible (much like Achilles). Seeking to defeat Kronos, Percy does the same, with some encouragement from Nico. It is also revealed how Nico's mother died, and that the Oracle's foretelling of her death led to Hades cursing the Oracle. Due to this, when Luke's mother attempts to become the Oracle, she loses her mind and is given glimpses of Luke's future. Rachel, a mortal who can see through the Mist, tells Percy that he is not the hero of the Great Prophecy, and that it will influence his choice when he turns 16.
Percy and Luke (who is possessed by Kronos) battle at the top of Mount Olympus in the throne room. Luke is shocked back into his normal self when Annabeth reminds him of his promise that he would never harm her. The 'cursed blade' of the prophecy was the knife that Luke gave to Annabeth when he promises to her that they are family. The Great Prophecy hinges on Percy's decision to give Luke the dagger rather than kill him. Luke commits suicide by stabbing himself in his mortal point when Kronos takes over his body, becoming the hero of the prophecy and ending the war on Percy's 16th birthday.
The gods grant Percy, Grover, Annabeth, and Tyson rewards at the conclusion of their quest. Tyson becomes the General of the Cyclops army and is gifted a new weapon, a "stick." Grover is granted a place on the Council of Cloven Elders and becomes a new Lord of the Wild. Annabeth's wish to become an architect is fulfilled as she is tasked to design and rebuild Olympus. Percy, refusing godhood for himself, forces the gods to swear on the River Styx that they will recognize all of their children by the time they turn 13 and that they will end the pact of the Big Three, in which Zeus, Poseidon and Hades were barred from fathering demigod offspring. He also requires cabins for Hades and the minor gods to be built at Camp Half-Blood, and that they set Calypso free of her curse. Rachel becomes the new Oracle of Delphi and speaks the next Great Prophecy. Percy and Annabeth share a kiss, after which Clarisse La Rue and their other surviving friends dunk them in the lake, where they share another kiss, this time underwater.
Major characters[change | change source]
- Percy Jackson: Protagonist, 16 year old demigod son of Poseidon. Later on he becomes Annabeth's boyfriend. Leads the demi-gods into battle against Kronos' army.
- Annabeth Chase: Percy's friend, 16 year old demigod daughter of Athena. Later she becomes Percy's girlfriend.
- Grover Underwood: Percy's friend. He first appeared in The Lightning Thief, and Percy has had to rescue him many times. He becomes the new lord of the wild and a member of the council of the cloven elders.
- Luke Castellan: Antagonist, demigod son of Hermes, inhabited by Kronos. He is the hero of the great prophecy. He commits suicide in the end, thus destroying Kronos.
- Tyson the Cyclops: Percy's half brother. Tyson gets a new weapon at the end of this book, a stick (club).
- Rachel Elizabeth Dare: Percy's friend, mortal girl who can see through the mist, becomes the new Oracle at the end and predicts the next Great Prophecy towards the end of the book.
- Charles Beckendorf: Percy's friend, Hephaestus conselor
- Silena Beauregard: Beckendorf's Girlfriend, who was forced to spy on Percy and the others.
- Cronus/Kronos: The king of the Titans and the lord of time, possesses Luke and gets killed.
Critical reception[change | change source]
The Last Olympian received overwhelmingly positive reviews. Publishers Weekly wrote "...fans will not be disappointed" and remarked "As the capstone to this beloved series, this story satisfies." They praised Percy's "brave leadership" and said that "the final clash would keep a Hollywood special effects team busy for years." Booklist's starred review commented that "...Riordan’s imagination soars in the climactic battle scenes" but said that he manages to "bring the whole series to a satisfying close in the down-to-earth conclusion." It also received starred reviews from Kirkus.
Audiobooks[change | change source]
The unabridged audiobook version of The Last Olympian is read by Jesse Bernstein. It was released on May 12, 2009 by Random House/Listening Library. It is 10 hours and 50 minutes long.
References[change | change source]
- "'Percy Jackson' series ending next year". International Herald Tribune. September 5, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
- Riordan, Rick (May 5, 2009). The Last Olympian. Percy Jackson & the Olympians. Disney-Hyperion. ISBN 1423101472. OCLC 299578184.
- "Publishers Weekly Review of The Last Olympian". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2009-05-10.
- Carolyn Phelan. "Booklist Review of The Last Olympian". Booklist Online. Retrieved 2009-05-10.
- "Starred Reviews for The Last Olympian". Rick Riordan. Retrieved 2009-05-10.
- The Last Olympian audiobook. ISBN 9780739380338