Hello there. Today I’m going to talk about The Blood of Olympus, the upcoming final book in Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus pentalogy. It is slated for publication on October seventh, two thousand and fourteen – one month from now.
I’m kind of nervous about it, to be honest. Because this is it. This is the end. Sure, Riordan plans to write a series about Norse mythology, but how on earth would he connect those as-yet-written stories with his earlier books about Greco-Roman mythology? I just don’t think that’s going to happen, so this is the last time we’ll be able to read about Percy, Annabeth, and all the others.
Go ahead and accuse me of caring about books and fictional characters too much, if you want. I don’t mind. These are good books, some of the best I’ve ever read in the middle-grade genre. I read The Lightning Thief at age twelve and immediately fell in love with Riordan’s stories. I did drift away from the fandom for a few years after the Percy Jackson series ended, but I wandered back to it earlier this year and now I’m really into it again.
Before I move on to my predictions for The Blood of Olympus, I’d like to make one more observation: THAT COVER IS BEAUTIFUL. I expected something super-dark and monochromatic, like the cover of The Last Olympian, but instead it’s gloriously colorful. Yay!
All right, time for some predictions. Some of these are things that I think will happen, some are just what I want to happen, and some are both.
Riordan will not include an epilogue.
I just don’t think it’s his style. I don’t think we’ll see an ending like that of Mockingjay or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Sure, we’ll know what happens to the characters, but not what their lives are like. I think he’ll write something ambiguous.
…also, I just really, really want this. I don’t like most epilogues, anyway, because they’re either A) poorly written or B) spell out everything for me when I would much rather imagine things for myself. I don’t want to know how many kids Harry had or where Katniss lived as an adult. I want to create my own endings. I don’t want to know what exactly Percy and Annabeth do once they’ve grown up. I want to daydream my own ending for them.
Reyna and Nico will play a big role in the story.
All right, I’m cheating here. They’re going to have their own point-of-view chapters in The Blood of Olympus (Riordan confirmed this in two separate tweets, found here and over here), which hasn’t happened before. And I’M SO EXCITED! I adore those two characters, and have often wished that they didn’t play such minor roles.
The other demigods will find out that Nico is gay, and Percy will be awesome about it.
Because that’s the kind of guy Percy is. He’s nice. He’s not a jerk. He’s got a good head on his shoulders, and he’s one of my favorite fictional guys ever for that reason. He’d probably give Nico a hug and mumble something about, “Well, um, uh, I’m dating Annabeth, though…” because he’s also an awkward dork.
Aren’t I cheerful? But seriously, I think at least one character will die. Riordan has never killed off a point-of-view character yet, but he would certainly have some good reasons for doing so now.
First of all, he’s killed off other semi-major characters before, like Zoe.
Secondly, the Heroes of Olympus series has started to be more like YA fiction and less like middle-grade fiction. Things are a bit more serious now.
Finally, this is the final book of the series, the final book with these characters. Want an unforgettable conclusion? Kill a character.
Who will it be? I have a few ideas. My top choices are Percy, Nico, and Frank. I don’t want any of them to die, but I think there’s a good chance that one of them will. Actually, I think it would make sense to kill off at least one of the major seven demigods.
Except Piper. I don’t actually like Piper, but neither do I think she might die. It would be tragic if Leo died, and fitting if Hazel (the daughter of death) died, and I would cry SO MUCH if Annabeth died, and Jason would probably sacrifice himself because he’s heroic that way.
I don’t think there’s any reason to kill Piper.
Of course, I could be wrong about all this. I’m used to stuff like A Song of Ice and Fire, where almost everyone dies, where being a good guy doesn’t guarantee that the author will spare them. Maybe this is overkill for a middle-grade/YA series.
Then again, maybe not.
Does anyone want to make bets with me about who lives and who dies? Not with money, of course, but I can give you imaginary cookies. Ha. My top contender is… Percy! Because Riordan doesn’t just tweet stuff about the upcoming narrators – he also posts stuff that makes me wonder if he had one death planned from the beginning…
Gulp. Riordan, what are you doing?!
What are your predictions/hopes for The Blood of Olympus? I’d love to know!