Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods

Today, Rick Riordan released the cover to a companion novel to the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series.

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From Rick Riordan’s Website:

Who could tell the origin stories of the gods of Olympus better than a modern-day demigod? Percy Jackson provides an insider’s view with plenty of ‘tude in this illustrated collection.

A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don’t need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week. 

So begins Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic–and sarcastic asides–to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who’s who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus. Percy does not hold back. “If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that.”

Dramatic full-color illustrations throughout by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco make this volume–a must for home, library, and classroom shelves–as stunning as it is entertaining.

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Read a Deleted Scene from THE LAST OLYMPIAN

Rick Riordan has released a deleted scene from PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LAST OLYMPIAN!

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The scene focuses on Percy Jackson encountering his childhood nemesis, Nancy Bobofit, unconscious in Manhattan when Morpheus puts the city to sleep just before Kronos’ attack.

The lights of the city were blinking on. I guess they were on automatic timers. The streetlamps in the park glowed, making the lanes and the trees look spooky – like we needed any more spookiness.
Thalia stopped and tensed, like she was catching a scent. “I’ll be back. Need to check the Hunters on the right flank.”
Her bow appeared in her hands and she disappeared into the trees.
We stepped over bodies of sleeping New Yorkers, moving them to safety when we could. We were just coming to a stone bridge on the northern side of the park when we came across a dozen kids, all slumped next to a pretzel stand, like they’d been lined up to buy snacks.
Grover yelped. “Percy . . . look.”


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Happy Book Birthday, The House of Hades!

After all the anticipation and hints (and possibly a weeeee bit of friendly trolling from dear ol’ Uncle Rick), The House of Hades is officially out!

Click the image below to order the book if you haven’t already!

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If you’ve already read the book, what do you think? Was it everything you dreamed it would be?

Now… Bring on book 5!

VIDEO: Rick Riordan Talks About the Focus of HOUSE OF HADES, Norse Mythology, and Attracting Young Readers

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During an interview with Publisher’s Weekly, Rick Riordan talks about the points of view we’ll be expecting from The House of Hades, his follow-up series after The Heroes of Olympus series, which will be on Norse mythology, on attracting young readers to mythological stories, and more.  Check out the video below!

Author Rick Riordan Takes a Break from Torturing, er, Writing PERCY JACKSON To Update Fans

Rick_RiordanRick Riordan (last named pronounced like “fireman” but with ‘R’ and ‘d’ replacing ‘f’ and ‘m’) took time out of his uber-busy schedule to update his readers on the upcoming release of House of Hades, the fourth book out of a planned five books in The Heroes of Olympus series, and his 2013 book tour.  Read the highlights below:

On the House of Hades release:

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The House of Hades will be released in the UK, US, and Canada on Tuesday, October 8! I have confirmation it will also be released in Brazil this day. I believe the English language edition will also be available that day (or soon after) in most countries that usually get English editions, meaning Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, and the Philippines, but I have no direct confirmation about that. As always, you should check with booksellers in your area to ask them when the book will be available.

So please, if you happen to get an early copy of The House of Hades, don’t spoil the story for everyone else.

When the book does come out on Oct. 8, I hope you guys enjoy it. There will be some eye-popping surprises. I promise you that. But after you’ve read the book, I think those surprises will make total sense to you.

On the book tour:

I’ll be visiting eight cities in the US this time. All the events are sold out except for the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville. The only reason that one isn’t sold out is because they aren’t selling tickets in advance. You just have to show up and hope you get a seat. If you’re planning on seeing me in Nashville, my advice is GET THERE EARLY.

Due to the size of the crowd, there won’t be a signing line, so leave your books at home. There will still be signed copies of The House of Hades available, but I won’t be able to personalize your books and meet each of you individually. As much as I’d like to, when you’ve got an intimate crowd of one thousand or more, it just can’t be done in the time that we have.

On other projects:

I’ve finished work on Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, which is a collection of the original Greek myths told in Percy Jackson’s point of view. Our favorite Seaweed Brain will tell you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the major gods – the good stuff, the bad stuff, and especially the embarrassing stuff – all in his trademark snarky sarcastic way (which of course bears no resemblance to the waythis author thinks.) Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods will be released August 2014.

The title of the fifth book will be revealed at the end of The House of Hades, the same way I’ve revealed all the other titles. Book five is next on my writing schedule, which is why I have to make the tour short so I can get back home and get to work!

After book five of Heroes is complete, I will at long last launch into my Norse mythology series. The first volume in that series is scheduled for 2015.

Places We’ll See in THE HOUSE OF HADES

Rick Riordan has posted four images revealing places we’ll see in HOUSE OF HADES! Looks like we’re spending a lot of time in Europe!

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Pictures 1 and 2 are in the same location in Bologna, Italy!

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Get out your gondolas, this photo is from Venice, Italy!

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These ruins were a bit of a toughie to figure out, but they are in Salona, Croatia!

Rick Riordan Reads New Excerpt from HOUSE OF HADES

Disney Books has posted a great new clip of Rick Riordan reading a brand spanking new excerpt from HOUSE OF HADES! It’s a little less than 2 minutes long, but it comes from a meaty scene featuring Percy and Annabeth, smack in the middle of the book!

“The Phlegethon? Sounds like a marathon for hocking spit balls.”