Every 'Percy Jackson' Short Story Ranked

Every 'Percy Jackson' Short Story Ranked

Which stories are worth reading before "The Dark Prophecy" comes out?

Between writing a new book every six months, Rick Riordan has managed to put together quite a few short stories that take place in the large fictional universe of Percy Jackson, the Kane siblings, and Magnus Chase, and with "Camp Half-Blood Confidential" and "Hotel Valhalla Guide to the Norse Worlds" coming out soon, there's sure to be new short stories from him in the coming months. So if you've never read the short stories or just want to relive them, in preparation for whatever Rick Riordan has in store for us and for the newest addition to the Camp Half-Blood series, "The Dark Prophecy," on May 2nd, here is every Percy Jackson short story, ranked from good to best (excluding the crossover stories with the Kane Chronicles because let's face it, all three of them would top the list).

7. Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes

Though this story reveals some of the only moments we're allowed in on from between the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series and "The Heroes of Olympus," as well as the first chronological moments of Percy and Annabeth as a couple, it is basically the short story version of a filler episode on television. It hints at the overarching plot of "HoO" with its giants and gods, but it doesn't exactly add or take away from the story much. That's not to say it's a bad story, since it does give that glimpse into the early stages of Percy and Annabeth's relationship and still has that signature humor that's integral to Rick Riordan's writing, and it's especially worth a read simply for the mental image of Percy in a formal suit at the end.

6. Leo Valdez and the Quest for Buford

This story is fun and light, like "The Staff of Hermes," though it places a little higher on the list mainly for one moment, when Piper and Jason realize that they are standing where the Battle of the Labyrinth took place and explain that campers pass stories about it and consider the site cursed. Looks into how life at camp operates after the original series are rare, so this moment where we get to see the original stories becoming legends, however brief, is enough to award it some points. The story is also the only one to focus on the new characters of the second series (though I'm still waiting on a story focusing on the "Son of Neptune" trio), and provides some context to the presence of Buford in the later "HoO" books, though he doesn't play so large a role that it is essential to read this story for it. It's more worth it for the few cute moments between one of the series' newest trios.

5. Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo

The most recent books from Rick Riordan have lacked one especially important character: Grover. A few fans have actually pointed out that the way his character is treated now is almost like one might treat a television character while the actor is on a break, only brought into the story through vague references about where they might be, which is a shame considering he's meant to be Percy's best friend. This short story finally brought Grover back into the canon and its a completely refreshing change. Percy and Grover's friendship was part of the heart of the original story, so getting a story that focuses on the two of them, especially with the reintroduction of Percy's first person narrative after "HoO," is exciting, and because the story takes them back to Rick Riordan's roots.

4. Percy Jackson and the Stolen Chariot

As anyone who's spoken to me for more than five minutes knows, Clarisse is one of my favorite characters from any of Rick Riordan's books. So, getting an entire story completely centered around getting to understand her character more and get beneath the surface of the tough facade that was slowly being chipped away within the arc leading upto "The Stolen Chariot," as well as seeing Percy having to get along with her long enough that they can complete a short quest together is basically the perfect recipe for any short story in my book.

3. Percy Jackson and the Bronze Dragon

This story is nearly tied with "The Stolen Chariot," but manages to surpass it because it showcases friendships that were only hinted at in the original series and gives a lot of emotional weight to the events of "The Last Olympian." Silena and Beckendorf's relationship both with each other and with Percy and Annabeth is a large part of the original series' final installment, so this story's focus on shaping them into fuller characters actually proves crucial to the larger overarching plotline and to making their scenes in the last book really hit hard (though my only wish is that it included some of Clarisse and Silena's relationship, since that, too, is one that is integral to "The Last Olympian" but receives little attention in the previous books). This story also introduces Festus a series before he will become an actual part of the story, which has always been a cool easter egg, especially since it connects the two sons of Hephaestus despite them never meeting.

2. The Diary of Luke Castellan

It's honestly hard for me to put this story in second place, because it comes very close to becoming number one. Whether or not you like Luke at all, you have to admit he is an intriguing character, and this story is told entirely in first person from his perspective years before the events of "The Lightning Thief" would even occur. It's filled with frankly heartbreaking foreshadowing for what is to come for Luke, as well as new characterization for him. The implications of Luke knowing his choices would change the world and the idea of Luke keeping that diary in an effort to make the right decisions throughout the later books provide a new way of looking at his character. The story also provides a clear dichotomy between the way Percy thinks and the way Luke thinks, from small things like the fact that Percy brings up superheroes and cartoons where Luke uses "Gone With the Wind" to describe his surroundings, to larger aspects like the way Luke remains more focused and serious in a way that only comes out of Percy if a situation is seriously dire, while still remaining loyal to the similarities between them that make Percy's struggle with Luke so difficult down the line, like their dedication to the family they've made and the extreme and self-deprecating sarcasm they use to combat life. Even if you're not interested in Luke's character, though, the story also focuses on Thalia, another of the series' best characters, and Annabeth's introduction to their makeshift family. This trio is one that interacts as a trio very rarely in the books, so the chance to see them when they were still a trio and family and not pinned against each other as they are when they meet again in "The Titan's Curse" really makes this story special.

1. Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades

Despite the importance of children of the Big Three in the original series, Thalia, Percy, and Nico were not really seen together after their initial meeting in "The Titan's Curse." "The Sword of Hades" remedies this, as the three of them are each led into each others paths and set on a quest to stop Ethan Nakamura from escaping the underworld with a weapon essential to the coming Titan war. The story begins like many of the short stories lower on the list do, with a god setting the demigods on a quest, but the story takes a turn from the usual formula when Percy is poisoned by the rake of a Keres' claw and forced to narrate through the fog it leaves as it slowly drains him. Suddenly, the story becomes far more personal, invites gentler moments between the three of them, two of whom are not too keen on expressing affection and had been at Percy's throat not a book ago, and no longer has a stable narrator to make sure the story is told correctly, leaving the story with holes in time as Percy loses himself. The story also has the trio facing multiple characters from Greek myths, one of the most effective being Melinoe, who appears in the form of the ghosts of dead loved ones and brings some of Nico and Thalia's past back to the surface, and features some moments that will become important later, from the obvious, like Percy meeting Iapetus/Bob, to the subtle, like Nico being transported at the beginning of the story from a New Orleans graveyard, a reference to his soon-to-be-introduced undead sister, Hazel. Like some of the other top stories on this list, the story's defining characteristic is its ability to bring together characters that are rarely seen together in the novels, this time especially focused on family, from Nico's dedication to his father to his and Thalia's guilt over the deaths of their mothers to their shared concern for Percy as he struggles to tell their story, a focus that rounds out the story and prepares the overall arc for the final installment of the series, "The Last Olympian."

With "The Dark Prophecy" on its way, there's sure to be more short stories in this universe, so is there a storyline you'd like to see play out in a new short story?

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Side A makes you want to be single, Side B make you want to be boo'd up.


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2. "My mentions are jokes, but they never give me the facts" — Talk Up

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6. "Pinky ring 'til I get a wedding ring" — Nonstop

7. "I gotta breathe in real deep when I catch an attitude" — 8 Out of 10

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8. "Heard all of the talkin', now it's quiet, now it's shush" — Mob Ties

9. "California girls sweeter than pieces of candy" — Sandra's Rose

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24. "She said 'Do you love me?' I tell her, 'Only partly,' I only love my ____ and my ____ I'm sorry" — God's Plan

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It Is Pointless To Pity The Homeless

Guilt is the silent killer of political action.


Two summers ago, when I was an intern at The Father McKenna Center in Washington DC, I met Jason, who was homeless. I had just finished closing the shelter's computer lab for the evening, and the attendees of the AA meeting in the shelter's cafeteria had started to say their goodbyes and disperse until next week. As I was leaving to take the subway home, and as he was leaving to walk back to his encampment, wherever it may have been, Jason and I converged with each other at the front door of the shelter, and we introduced ourselves to each other.

Jason had two children, aged four and six, both of whom were protected from him under custody by his former wife. She had made the decision to divorce him because of his drug use, which posed a danger to the couple's children. (Jason did not hesitate to admit to this.) Shortly after the separation from his family, he became homeless. He had a high school degree and some former experience doing construction work. Aged into his mid 30's with minimal employment, Jason had been struggling to find a job for years.

As we walked, he told me about his kids, and how sometimes he hears about them during occasional phone calls with his wife. For a moment, he turned his head to look at me in my eyes, and he quietly told me about how proud he was of his daughters for completing the first and third grades of elementary school.

If you are homeless, it takes an immense amount of courage to make the commitment to go to a homeless shelter. I believe that the one thing that most people struggle with, homeless or not, is the challenge of confronting one's own demons. Jason had demons, luggage, regrets, and so on - I had those too. Jason had first stepped at The Father McKenna Center shortly before I began my internship. As I performed the duties of my internship, Jason and I, together, experienced a great turbulence in our individual missions to confront our demons; and with that turbulence came sobriety. Not relief or improvement, but sobriety. True self-improvement is a year-long commitment, but self-awareness is a skill which can be utilized at any time.

Jason and I spoke several times throughout my internship. One of the last interactions I had with his before I completed my term happened again at the front entrance of the shelter. He told me that after years of searching, he had found the initiative to apply for a job. "Even though she and I needed to go our own ways," he said, "I still want to show my wife that I care about her. We're not married, but I still want to provide for her and the kids. I don't know how they feel about me, but I want to show my daughters that I am still their father, and that I love them."

When I started my internship at the shelter, I genuinely believed that I would come out of it depressed and disillusioned. But I learned to look beyond the misfortune and suffering, and with that perspective, I started to find more and more inspiration in the facets of life by which I had previously felt discouraged and depressed. I have not seen Jason in two summers, but I think about him every day, for strength.

Say, for instance, that you start to feel as though the daily grind of your summer job is starting to become too monotonous. Us undergrads are tirelessly told by our advisors that the best possible use of our time during the summer, outside of college and other than working for pay, is time spent volunteering and building up our resumes. After some online research and phone calls, you break down your volunteering options to three different nonprofit organizations in your area: Your first option is to spend 3-5 hours once a week helping a local community center care for its flower garden, fresh herb greenhouse, and wildlife sanctuary. Your second option is to spend Tuesday and Thursday evenings bathing, petting, and reading storybooks to all the dogs and cats at a nonprofit rescue shelter. Your third option is to spend 5 hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at an inner-city homeless shelter and rehabilitation center for men who have been recently released from prison.

This where the conflict begins. Deep inside, you know that volunteering at the men's shelter is, in your opinion, the most valuable kind of work you can do. Human beings require more attention than plants and pets. Humans beings need to be kind to each other, and so, you may want to volunteer at the shelter.

The problem is certainly not that nobody wants to volunteer at homeless shelters. I consider myself an optimist, and I still think that the majority of people living in the United States wish to care for and support each other. The true problem is that even when a good-minded, empathetic, caring person wants to offer their kindness to the homeless, there are layers upon layers of illusions, false impressions, misconceptions, misunderstandings, and (most importantly), miscommunications which prevent them from doing so. What must truly be addressed is not how much attention is being paid to homelessness, but how attention is paid. There are many kinds of layers of illusion; the majority of them are certainly racial illusion. A vast number are economic. Others, however, are emotional. A lot are just flat-out moral as well.

The growing epidemic of homelessness, as an affliction, is the product of political injustice, racist systems, and greed. But the homeless lifestyle itself, however, is not political in nature. Homeless people are not statistics in a study, neither are they variables in a social equation. Homelessness is a daily struggle for a human life, and those who are homeless suffer. They are as emotional and as sentient as the well-off office workers who pelt them with quarters as though they're fountains.

Understanding homelessness is especially hard for people on the polar opposite side of the social/economic spectrum from the homeless. It is somehow harder for a wealthy and educated person to understand homelessness than it is for someone from lower-class origins to do so. As I said before, I genuinely believe that the vast majority of people on this Earth have the moral initiative to help those less fortunate - but this initiative is excessively overridden by the reflexive tendency most people have to compare and juxtapose themselves. This act of reflexive juxtaposition is what scares most people away from homeless shelters.

Call it what you want - "juxtaposition" is not the only word one can use to describe this feeling. Some people might call themselves "overqualified." From a political perspective, some have referred to it as "white guilt." Regardless of what you call it, it is reflexive. Homeless people, just upon sight, are registered with labels and false truths. The visceral, instinctive reaction to a homeless person is "Look forward, walk firm, and don't make eye contact." This is what needs to change.

In western society, people who grow up privileged - with parents, shelter, an education, and relationships - are subconsciously taught, unintentionally encouraged, and silently conditioned by the people around them to treat the homeless with, above all else, pity. The etiquette of reacting to a homeless person suggests something of a "passive melancholy." Like I mentioned before, under this mannerism of avoidant sorrow, homelessness is not a condition of life. It is a political symbol. The stumbling beggar in the subway and the raggedy busker on the street corner are effectively dehumanized by default; as long as they are evidently homeless, their role in the social dynamic of these public places is automatically different from yours and mine. The status of homelessness completely nullifies - no, prevents - a person's worthiness and rightful entitlement to human attribution, and without mercy, they are turned into something which is not human: a figure which is nothing but a representation of itself.

After years of riding the bus and subway, I have become aware of several different categories in which the people around me fit; I see the day laborers, who are categorized by being older men, clad in paint-stained construction pants, functioning in close-knit groups of six or seven. I see the government employees, who are categorized by the loudness of their gazes of exhaustion, directionless and unfixed, garbed in outdated albeit notably well-fitted suits, bland floral blouses, sky-blue button downs, the incredible pant suits, and khakis, and khakis, and khakis. I see the college-aged summertime interns running coffee for politicians who never remember their names, and they, too, are categorized; specifically by their calculated movements, blatantly artificial exteriors, and the endearing aura of simultaneous youthful naivety and capitalistic millennial-themed ambition (they also act like they know where they're going, when really, they don't, but they never stop to ask for directions). I see the mothers, the trust-fund white kids from Gonzaga, the beatniks from Howard, the Reagan-bound luggage-bearing vagabonds, the punks, the academics, the racists, the anarchists, the activists, the drunks, the wandering, the sleeping, and of course, the emblematic tourists in their MAGA hats, graphic tees, and jorts.

What kind of a response is demanded of those who choose to protect the weak? How are the wounded addressed by the healers? How should I talk to someone who suffers? The photographers, the journalists, and the volunteers cannot hope to rile a revolution alone. Neither can the teachers hope to raise a generation freed from toxicity alone, nor can the young politicians on the Hill hope to deliver their country to safety and stability alone. The problem of homelessness can be addressed, as can it be confronted, observed, studied, and journalized. Don't get me wrong, though - this type of action is deeply important: The awareness of a problem creates an opportunity for its solution. But the raising of awareness is not enough. The confrontation of our reality is not enough. To take the first step beyond awareness is to give attention to those who are in need of it; to attend to the weak and the wounded, and to act for their protection and their healing. In the words of the French revolutionary Simone Weil: "Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity."

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