The Demigod Files is a book of short stories which takes place between The Battle of the Labyrinth (the penultimate book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series) and The Last Olympian (the series finale). It contains three different mini adventures that Percy and his friends had between the events of the main story: Percy Jackson and the Stolen Chariot (where Percy teams up with his rival Clarisse, daughter of Ares, to retrieve her father’s missing chariot), Percy Jackson and the Bronze Dragon (where Percy and his capture the flag team take on a threat to Camp Blood), and Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades (where Percy, Nico, and Thalia are sent on sent on a mission by Persephone to find her husband Hades’s stolen sword).
My favorite was Percy Jackson and the Bronze Dragon. An important part of the story is the budding romance between Charles Beckendorf (son of Hephaestus) and Silena Beauregard (daughter of Aphrodite) which is meant as a foil to that of Percy and Annabeth. Beckendorf and Silena have been crushing on each other for several years and at the end, he finds the courage to ask her out the camp’s Fourth of July fireworks. Beckendorf drops some hints to Percy that Annabeth likes him which Percy, being the seaweed brain that he is, does not quite get. Annabeth asks Percy to the fireworks in passing while gloating that her team beat Percy’s in capture the flag, proving Beckendorf’s point and the point of nearly two decades worth of pop-punk love songs: when girls act bitchy and treat boys like crap, it means that they like them and boys can’t resist girls who are awful to them.
I wasn’t originally going to read The Demigod Files but since I usually do two books in a review and there are only five main books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, so I decided to include this companion piece to make an even number. There is usually a jump of several months to a year between each book and this an interesting way fill in some of the gaps in the story. For example, Percy’s adventure with Persephone and the sword of Hades is mentioned in The Last Olympian.
As the war with Kronos escalates towards its climax, Percy finds time to spend with his friend Rachel, who complains that her father wants her to attend finishing school in the fall. This leads to the main problem I’ve had with Rachel as a character: Just when I start to like her or at least tolerate her, she does something to annoy me. Rachel is an artsy tomboy so finishing school is not her thing but can we as a society realize that the “you don’t have to act like a lady” message no longer applies since nobody is pressuring girls to act like ladies these days. In fact, I would argue the opposite.
Due to the pressure of supposedly being the demigod prophecized to save the world from Kronos, Percy enjoys spending time with Rachel because she allows him to feel like a normal kid for a while. He was he likes Rachel because she is less high maintenance than other girls (e.i. Annabeth). My reaction was thus:
When Beckendorf from Percy Jackson and the Bronze Dragon shows up to bring Percy along on another mission, Rachel has the audacity to kiss Percy before he goes. The opening scene of The Last Olympian is found in The Demigod Files as a sneak peek, so I had to suffer through this scene twice.
Beckendorf is killed during the mission, leaving his girl-friend Silena broken-hearted. Despite this tragedy, Camp Half-Blood prepares for its final battle with the forces of Kronos, who are sending the titan Typhon to destroy New York, and try to figure who among them is the spy that is feeding information to their enemies.
One of the most interesting parts of the book is when it goes deeper into the backstory of Nico Di Angelo. He and his sister Bianca are the half-blood children of Hades and Maria Di Angelo, the daughter of an Italian diplomat and grew up around World War II. Because of the two world wars, Zeus decided that half-blood children of the big three gods (Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades) were too powerful and swore off having any more children (Zeus and Poseidon ended up breaking their promise and that’s how Percy and Thalia came about) and that Nico and Bianca should be destroyed. Hades wanted to keep his children safe from both the war and Zeus’s attempts to kill them after their mother was killed in an explosion, and so sent them to live in the Lotus Hotel, where time moves much slower, hence why they’re both children sixty years later.
Hades and Persephone are the closest thing Greek mythology has to a happy and functional couple and are everyone’s mythological OTP, so it’s disappointing to hear that Hades screws around on Persephone from time to time during the six months of the year that she’s away.
Luke, the series’s main antagonist, is slowly being taken over as the host for the resurrected Kronos and is conflicted by the evil that is consuming him. Like with most bad boys, the only thing that can save him is the love of Miss Right. Despite everything, Annabeth has been sticking up for Luke and hoping to save him throughout the series because he was her big brother figure/ crush growing up. She admits to Percy that Luke visited her prior to the events of The Last Olympian and basically asked her to run away with him. I can’t tell what creeps me out more: the fact that Luke is the host for an evil titan or the fact that Luke is about twenty-three while Annabeth is sixteen. Hermes, Luke’s father, blames Annabeth for not “saving” his son. Luke redeems himself in the end by killing himself to prevent Kronos from returning.
Among the other casualties of the final battle is Silena, the bereaved girlfriend of Beckendorf, who is revealed to have been the spy in the half-blood ranks. She was seduced to the enemy side by Luke. Once Silena started going out with Beckendorf, Luke threatened to hurt him to keep her on his side. Silena also gets a redemption arc; she dies fighting for Camp Half-Blood during the final battle.
But the biggest priority of The Last Olympian: Percy and Annabeth must finally admit their feelings for each other and become a couple. Percy finally realizes that Annabeth loves him when she gets stabbed trying to protect him. As a reward for saving the world, Percy is offered immortality by his father but refuses because he wants to live a normal life (be with Annabeth). Rachel is chosen to become the next Oracle of Delphi which means that she has to remain a virgin, so she is removed as an obstacle. Annabeth is pretty much like:
The book ends with Percy and Annabeth officially becoming a couple and taking Beckendorf and Silena’s place as the camp sweet-hearts. I was fangirling so hard that I went and texted my friend Jasmine: “the Percabeth ship has sailed. This is not a drill.”
This will not be the end of my Percy Jackson reviews since I will be reading the sequel series Heros of Olympus next.