This was a super short collection of short stories and various add ons to the Percy Jackson universe and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m picking up the other short story collection for The Heroes of Olympus series Riordan wrote and can’t wait to read it.
There were three short stories in this book: Percy Jackson and the Stolen Chariot, Percy Jackson and the Bronze Dragon, and Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades. Each one had characters from the Percy Jackson universe that you love, or love to hate and the writing was just as creative and humorous as that in the full length novels. In addition to this, the book is set up as a how-to/introduction guide to Camp Half-Blood and included add-ons about some of the campers, a map of camp, a packing list (diagram) and brief bios of many of the campers and key gods of Olympus.
What comes across in this book is the strength of Riordan’s writing when it comes to minor characters. The brief interviews with the characters and the impact of the short stories is undeniable. I thoroughly enjoyed this and am sad it was the last thing to read in the original series, but am looking forward to the Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus and Kane Chronicles mash-up that is inevitably coming.
Recommendation: If you’ve read the books you should definitely check this out. It’s 151 pages and I read it in two sittings. It also doesn’t hurt that the stories are short and there is enough for you to read in multiple brief snippets.