Predictions For “The Blood Of Olympus”

the blood of olympusHello 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.

Anyway.

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.

DEATH.

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!

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Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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20 Responses to Predictions For “The Blood Of Olympus”

  1. On the epilogue: Riordan is not. I saw it in a tweet somewhere…maybe screenshotted onto Pinterest? I’m a but sad about this, because I like story endings to be nice and neat and tidy. Although I’m not planning on doing one for my WIP; the irony!
    On Reyna and Nico: I think this will make BoO a bit darker, because I find these characters to be darker. I don’t know why everyone loooves Nico, though. Don’t get it. *shrug*
    On Nico being gay: I. Love. This. I’m so glad that Riordan included a gay character! There are not enough. It’s also cool that although Nico shows up in six-ish (I think?) books, we only find out till the last one! You are so right about Percy, BTW. I think Annabeth would do the same.
    On death: My, you are just a little ray of sunshine. (*wink, wink*) I 😦 Piper’s kinda sweet, I think. KILL JASON!!! I hate him!!!! *ahem* Please, Riordan, do not kill Annabeth or Percy or Piper or Leo or Frank or Hazel [she’s too young 😦 ]!!!
    Great post! 😀

    • nevillegirl says:

      Ooh, yay!

      I kind of like Nico’s moodiness. xD

      Well, I wouldn’t call it “cool” that an LGBTQ+ character doesn’t show up until the end… like, I’m glad there’s LGBTQ+ representation in those books now but honestly it should have happened several books ago. We need representation.

      I think Piper /has/ become more interesting, but she’s still my least favorites.
      …I strongly dislike Jason too! 😛
      Thank you!

  2. Bonnie says:

    I have a headcanon/hope that Jason is actually going to be persuaded by Gaea to become a villain/already has villainous intentions. I’ve found a bit of evidence for this (this is quoting directly from Mark of Athena):
    Annabeth … still didn’t completely trust the guy (Jason). He acted too perfect-always following the rules, always doing the honorable thing. In the back of her mind, she had a nagging thought: What if this is a trick and he betrays us?

    There are a few other times people say he’s too perfect, but I don’t feel like digging them up.

    This, I think, will provide some well-needed character development for Piper (betrayal/heartbreak tend to do flat characters well), plus idk maybe she’ll kill Jason or something like that

  3. Shena Tokala says:

    Cool post! I am also excited about the last book! The last 3 of the series were great and I feel that the last book will be good too(just like The Last Olympian was amazing). Really excited that Nico and Reyna will be getting points of view- it will be nice to hear from these characters since we never have before(I remember feeling the same way when I found out we were going to get chapters from Annabeth’s POV). As for who could die, I have several ideas, though I hope whoever it is that dies, that it is written well and that it means something.
    I like your idea of how Percy would react to finding out Nico likes him- it seems really in character. And I agree, I believe he would handle it well since he’s a nice/good person. I’m hoping that it’s done well in the book, since what I’d really like for Nico is that he realizes that it’s perfectly okay that he likes guys and is not something to be ashamed of(or at least start moving towards that point).

    • nevillegirl says:

      Thank you!
      Annabeth’s POV chapters are some of my favorites. 😀

      Yeah, that’s going to be really interesting… I mean, Nico was born in a REALLY different time (the 1920s/30s) and people had very different attitudes about being gay then, so it’d be interesting to read more about how he feels about that.

  4. We can have fictional character feels together. It’s okay. 🙂
    Ack, I can’t wait for Nico and Reyna’s POVs! Nico…I just want to give him a big hug and tell him everything will be all right.
    I hope that he does come out…I think it would just be so much better for him if he did. I mean, I can’t really see anybody on the Argo II judging him…
    I also agree that character(s) will die. I have the feeling Nico will die, and I kinda think Leo might…Except I really don’t want any of the to die either. I think if R squared were to kill off Percy, there might be a mob at his doorstep. Literally. I’m serious, that might happen.
    I don’t really fell Piper would die, either. Or Annabeth, really, after MoA.
    AHH THAT TWEET RIORDAN WHAT? OH DEAR.
    *reads through comments* Why is everyone so intent on Jason dying? I actually kinda like him…
    I’ll go bet with you on who dies. I say NIco and Leo. Virtual cookies! And they have to be blue. Here’s a free one. (::) pretend it’s blue.

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  6. Skurii says:

    All these predictions are true! I do dislike Piper but I would still want to know more about him. But the fact of Nico being LGBTQ is quite odd for a teen series :/ Jason… he or Frank is most likely to die. I don’t think Riordan would ever kill the star in the book Percy! That would end the series on the spot. Annabeth would go before Percy…

  7. Caz says:

    I know Annabeth and Percy and Frank don’t die because of the Staff of Serapis, I won’t reveal any except that it takes place AFTER HoH because it mentions Frank. I don’t know about anyone else, but yeah. Love everything you said btw. And it’s true, LGBTQ characters do need more representation in middle school novels. Kids are queer in middle school too authors!

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