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A Percy Jackson TV Show is coming, but nothing can beat the books!
What is the Percy Jackson series about?
Also known as Percy Jackson & the Olympians, the book series by Rick Riordan is a fantasy series about a young man who is called Percy Jackson.
One day, after being attacked by a Minotaur, Percy discovered that he is a demigod, the son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. His life changes completely as he finds himself at Camp Half-Blood, a training camp for demigods like him.
Soon, with his companions, a Satyr named Grover Underwood and Annabeth Chase, a daughter of Athena, Percy starts a grand adventure.
The first two books were adapted into a film in 2010 and 2013, starring Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson, Brandon T. Jackson as Grover Underwood, and Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth Chase. A TV Series simply titled Percy Jackson and the Olympians is scheduled to premiere in 2024 on the Disney+ streaming service.
How to read the Percy Jackson Books in Order?
In the Percy Jackson series, we have the main Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, but also sequel series, short stories, and more. For some, it’s hard to know where to put them chronologically. So, here is a way to go.
I. Percy Jackson & the Olympians Books in Order
Aka the Camp Half-Blood Chronicles.
- The Lightning Thief – Percy Jackson could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from. She sends Percy to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea.
- The Sea Of Monsters – Percy discovers that the magical borders which protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned. Now he and his friends-Grover, Annabeth, and Tyson-must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes by the end of the summer or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed.
- The Titan’s Curse – When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped. And now it’s up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess?
- The Battle Of The Labyrinth – As an incoming freshman, Percy isn’t expecting his high school orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.
- The Last Olympian – All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.
- The Demigod Files – It is a collection of stories set during the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series written by Rick Riordan.
- Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo – Another short story. You can read it later if you want.
- The Chalice of the Gods – Percy Jackson is hoping to have a normal senior year. Unfortunately, the gods aren’t quite done with him. Percy will have to fulfill three quests in order to get the necessary three letters of recommendation from Mount Olympus for college. The first quest is to help Zeus’s cup-bearer retrieve his goblet before it falls into the wrong hands. Can Percy, Grover, and Annabeth find it in time?
II. The Heroes of Olympus Books in Order
The Heroes of Olympus is a sequel series of 5 books.
- The Lost Hero – Jason doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she’s his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for ‘bad kids.’ What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea-except that everything seems very wrong.
- The Son of Neptune – Percy is confused. When he awoke after his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain-fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight. Somehow Percy managed to make it to the camp for half-bloods, but the camp doesn’t ring any bells with him.
- The Mark of Athena – The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery.
- The House of Hades – The five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea.
- The Blood of Olympus – The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.
- The Demigod Diaries – It is a collection of stories set during The Heroes of Olympus series written by Rick and his son Haley Riordan.
III. The Kane Chronicles Books in Order
Based on Egyptian mythology, The Kane Chronicles is set in the same universe as the other series but follows Carter and Sadie Kane, powerful magicians and descendants of the two pharaohs Narmer and Ramses the Great.
- The Red Pyramid – Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a ‘research experiment’ at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.
- The Throne of Fire – In this exciting second installment of the three-book series, Carter and Sadie, offspring of the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane, embark on a worldwide search for the Book of Ra, but the House of Life and the gods of chaos are determined to stop them.
- The Serpent’s Shadow – Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sadie Kane can’t seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all.
IV. Demigods and Magicians Books in Order
This is a Camp Half-Blood/Kane Chronicles crossover series of short stories.
- The Son of Sobek – Carter Kane is investigating rumored sightings of a monster on Long Island when he runs into something else: a mysterious boy named Percy Jackson. And their meeting isn’t exactly friendly…
- The Staff of Serapis – Annabeth encounters more oddities in the subway than usual, including a two-headed monster and a younger blond girl who reminds her a little of herself.
- The Crown of Ptolemy – Trouble is brewing again, this time on Governor’s Island. An ancient Egyptian magician named Setne has come back from the dead and is experimenting with Egyptian and Greek magic, trying to become a god himself.
V. The Trials of Apollo Books in Order
The Trials of Apollo is a sequel series that follows the trials of the god Apollo, who has been turned into a human as punishment from his father and king of the gods Zeus.
You can read this trilogy before or after the “Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard” one.
- The Hidden Oracle – After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy named Lester. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor.
- The Dark Prophecy – After experiencing a series of dangerous trials at Camp Half-Blood, Lester must now embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Somewhere in the American Midwest, he and his companions must find the most dangerous Oracle from ancient times.
- The Burning Maze – With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor.
- The Tyrant’s Tomb – It’s not easy being Apollo, especially when you’ve been turned into a human and banished from Olympus. On his path to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his godly powers, Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) has faced both triumphs and tragedies. Now his journey takes him to Camp Jupiter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Roman demigods are preparing for a desperate last stand against the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors.
- The Tower of Nero – It’s time to face the final trial . . . The battle for Camp Jupiter is over. New Rome is safe. Tarquin and his army of the undead have been defeated. But though the battle may have been won, the war is far from over.
VI. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Books in Order
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard is another sequel series. This one follows Magnus Chase, a new demigod is born—this time from Norse mythology. He is a homeless boy from Boston trying to discover his true identity.
You can read this series before or after the “The Trials of Apollo” one. In fact, the first book is set before or concurrently with “The Hidden Oracle.”
- The Sword of Summer — Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, Magnus Chase has lived alone on the streets of Boston. One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he barely knows. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god and the gods of Asgard are preparing for war. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
- The Hammer of Thor — Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon—the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants.
- The Ship of the Dead — Loki is free from his chains. He’s readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, complete with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Asgardian gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok. It’s up to Magnus and his friends to stop him, but to do so they will have to sail across the oceans of Midgard, Jotunheim, and Niflheim in a desperate race to reach Naglfar before it’s ready to sail.
- 9 From the Nine Worlds — After The Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard trilogy has concluded, join Hearthstone, Blitzen, Samirah, Alex, Jack, T.J., Mallory, Halfborn, and more on an unforgettable journey. While Magnus is off visiting his cousin, Annabeth, his friends find themselves in some sticky, hairy, and smelly situations as they try to outwit moronic giants, murderous creatures, and meddlesome gods. Can they stave off Ragnarok at least until Magnus gets back?
VI. Nico Di Angelo Adventures in Order
From the World of Percy Jackson!
- The Sun and the Star – Nico di Angelo is pretty familiar with the realms of death, being the son of Hades and all. So when a desperate voice starts plaguing his dreams, Nico is convinced it’s coming from the Underworld and belongs to an old friend – a reformed Titan called Bob. Then an ominous prophecy leaves Nico in no doubt – Bob needs his help and Nico must rescue him. Of course, Nico’s boyfriend, Will Solace, the son of Apollo (the god of light) insists on joining the quest too. But can Will even survive in the darkest part of the world? And what does the prophecy mean when it says that Nico will have to leave something of equal value behind? As Nico faces demons both internal and external, his relationship with Will is tested to its very core. Can love find its way, even through the depths of hell?
VIII. Percy Jackson Companion Books in Order
These books should be read after you’ve read all of the main Percy Jackson books in order.
- Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods — Percy Jackson explains how the world was created, then he 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.”
- Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes — Who cut off Medusa’s head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy.
- Hotel Valhalla: Guide to the Norse Worlds — This “who’s who” guide to the gods, goddesses, and other important figures of Norse mythology was commissioned by Helgi, who, after more than a millennium as manager of Hotel Valhalla, became fed up with answering the same questions from newly deceased heroes at check-in.
- The Trials of Apollo: Camp Jupiter Classified: A Probatio’s Journal – This journal focuses on the Roman demigods’ training camp in Northern California. When mysterious incidents start wreaking havoc throughout Camp Jupiter, suspicion falls on the Fourth Cohort’s newest probatio. But is she really to blame? Find out the truth by delving into the pages of her personal journal.
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This article was last updated on May 30, 2023.