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"Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Ultimate Guide" by Mary-Jane Knight


"Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Ultimate Guide" by Mary-Jane Knight

#10 of 50 book in 2010

I bought this book because it is a cool object. It's a hardcover with a fold over flap and a magnetic latch. The strip of pictures on the cover is one of those "holographic" strips that shows two sets of images. One way you see Percy, Poseidon, Hades, and Zeus. The other way you see a Kampê (a Drakaina or she-dragon), Morpheus, Grover, and Athena. Inside the front cover there is a set of nine character cards in little pockets. I got: Percy, Grover, Annabeth, Luke, Hyperion, Hestia, Athena, Poseidon, and Zeus. The book is sort of an encyclopedia of characters, objects, and places from the books. Very heavy on the pictures, light on new information. The maps of Camp Half-Blood and Hades are nice. It is full of photographs and illustration if you have trouble visualizing the creatures from the books.

The only complaint I have is a lack of completeness. Some of the Prophesies are listed, but not all of them, or who they were given to, or what book they appeared in. And it would be a better reference book of it had an index.

This Guide specifically states that Artemis is older than Apollo. Mythographers agree that Artemis was born first and then assisted with the birth of Apollo. Although in "The Titan's Curse" Apollo teases Artemis, saying that he was born first. She replies that they are twins so it's not much of a difference.

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