Percy Jackson & the Olympians

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Percy Jackson & the Olympians is a series of adventure and fantasy books authored by Rick Riordan. It follows Percy Jackson (who narrates the series), a twelve year old who learns that he is the son of the Greek god Poseidon.

The Lightning Thief (2005)[edit]

  • She tried to boost our morale by suggesting clever strategies for getting into the Land of the Dead, but my heart wasn't in it. There were just too many unknown factors. It was like cramming for a test without knowing the subject. And believe me, I'd done that enough times.
  • The last thing I remember is collapsing on a wooden porch, looking at a ceiling fan circling above me, moths flying around a yellow light, the stern faces of a familiar-looking bearded man and a pretty girl, her blond hair curled like a princess's. They both looked down at me, and the girl said, "He's the one. He must be."
    • p. 56
  • Once I got over the fact that my Latin teacher was a horse, we had a nice tour, though I was careful not to walk behind him. I'd done pooper-scooper patrol in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade a few times, and, I'm sorry, I did not trust Chiron's back the the way I trusted his front.
  • "Annabeth, I'm sorry about the toilets."
    "Whatever."
    "It wasn't my fault."
    She looked at me skeptically, and I realized it was my fault.
    • p. 93
"My mom created the olive tree. The people saw that her gift was better, so they named the city after her."
"They must really like olives."
  • "Remind me again-why do you hate me so much?"
    I don't hate you."
    Could've fooled me."
    She folded her cap of invisibility. "Look...we're just not supposed to get along, okay? Our parents are rivals."
    Why?"
    She sighed. "How many reasons do you want? One time my mom caught Poseidon with his girlfriend in Athena's temple, which is hugely disrespectful. Another time, Athena and Poseidon competed to be the patron god for the city of Athens. Your dad created some stupid saltwater spring for his gift. My mom created the olive tree. The people saw that her gift was better, so they named the city after her."
    "They must really like olives."
    "Oh, forget it."
    "Now, if she'd invented pizza—that I could understand."
    • 10: "I Ruin A Perfectly Good Bus"
  • After a few minutes, Annabeth fell in line next to me. "Look, I..." Her voice faltered. "I appreciate your coming back for us, okay? That was really brave."
    "We're a team, right?"
    • p. 169
  • Because you're my friend, Seaweed Brain. Any more stupid questions?
    • Spoken by Annabeth, to Percy; p. 251
  • "How did you die?"
    "We er....drowned in a bathtub."
    "All three of you?"
    "It was a big bathtub."
    • p. 286
  • Annabeth grabbed hold of my hand. Under normal circumstances, this would've embarrassed me, but I understood how she felt. She wanted reassurance that somebody else was alive on this boat.
    • p. 290
  • "Grover murmured, "Well, Percy, what have we learned today?"
    "That three-headed dogs prefer red rubber balls over sticks?"
    "No," Grover told me. "We've learned that your plans really, really bite!"
  • Hades raised an eyebrow. When he sat forward in his throne, shadowy faces appeared in the folds of his black robes, faces of torment, as if the garment was stitched of trapped souls from the Fields of Punishment, trying to get out. The ADHD part of me wondered, off-task, whether the rest of his clothes were made the same way. What horrible things would you have to do in your life to get woven into Hades' underwear?

The Sea of Monsters (2006)[edit]

  • "He's a monster, lord!"
    "He's a son of Poseidon. Just like... well, just like me."
    "No! Monster! Horse-eater! Not trusted!"
    "I'll give you sugar cubes at the end of the race."
    "Sugar cubes?"
    "Very big sugar cubes. And apples. Did I mention the apples?"
    • Percy Jackson and his Chariot horses, 6: "Demon Pigeons Attack"
  • "I told Tantalus to go chase a doughnut."
    • 7: "I Accept Gifts From A Stranger"
  • “The real story of the Fleece: there were these two children of Zeus, Cadmus and Europa, okay? They were about to get offered up as human sacrifices, when they prayed to Zeus to save them. So Zeus sent this magical flying ram with golden wool, which picked them up in Greece and carried them all the way to Colchis in Asia Minor. Well, actually it carried Cadmus. Europa fell off and died along the way, but that's not important."
    "It was probably important to her.”
    • Annabeth Chase and Percy Jackson, 7: "I Accept Gifts From A Stranger"
  • Hermes gazed up at the stars. "My dear young cousin, if there's one thing I've learned over the eons, it's that you can't give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it. It doesn't matter if they hate you, or embarrass you, or simply don't appreciate your genius for inventing the Internet--”
    • Hermes, 7: "I Accept Gifts From A Stranger"
What good is one lousy hero?
  • Everywhere we went, dead Confederate sailors stared at us, their ghostly bearded faces shimmering over their skulls. They approved of Annabeth because she told them she was from Virginia.
    • 11: "Clarisse Blows Everything Up"
  • "Before I could figure out how to apologize for being such an idiot, she tackled me with a hug, then pulled away just as quickly. "I'm glad you're not a guinea pig."
    "Me, too." I hoped my face wasn't as red as it felt.
    • Annabeth Chase and Percy Jackson, 12: "We Check In To C.C's Spa & Resort"
  • "I'm just a kid Chiron. What good is one lousy hero against something like Kronos?"
    "What good is one lousy hero? Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain said something like to me once, just before he single-handedly changed the course of your Civil War."
    • Percy Jackson and Chiron, 18: "The Pary Ponies Invade"
  • "Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we're related for better or for worse...and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum."
    • 19: "The Chariot Race Ends With A Bang"

The Titan's Curse (2007)[edit]

  • "It's okay, Ms. Jackson." Annabeth smiled reassuringly. Her blond hair was tucked into a ski cap and her gray eyes were the same color as the ocean. "We'll keep him out of trouble."
    Mom seemed to relax a little. She thinks Annabeth is the most levelheaded demigod ever to hit eighth grade. She's sure Annabeth often keeps me from getting killed. She's right, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
    • 1: "My Rescue Operation Goes Very Wrong"
  • “Hey, can I see that sword you were using?"
    I showed him Riptide, and explained how it turned from a pen into a sword just by uncapping it.
    "Cool! Does it ever run out of ink?"
    "Um, well, I don't actually write with it."
    "Are you really the son of Poseidon?"
    "Well, yeah."
    "Can you surf really well, then?"
    I looked at Grover, who was trying hard not to laugh.
    "Jeez, Nico," I said. "I've never really tried."
    He went on asking questions. Did I fight a lot with Thalia, since she was a daughter of Zeus? (I didn't answer that one.) If Annabeth's mother was Athena, the goddess of wisdom, then why didn't Annabeth know better than to fall off a cliff? (I tried not to strangle Nico for asking that one.) Was Annabeth my girlfriend? (At this point, I was ready to stick the kid in a meat-flavored sack and throw him to the wolves.)”
    • 3: "Bianca Di Angelo Makes A Choice"
  • "Wow," Thalia muttered. "Apollo's hot."
    "He's the sun god," I said.
    "That's not what I meant."
    • 4: "Thalia Torches New England"
  • "I don't have much time," my mom said. "Percy, whatever you decide, I love you. And I know you'll do what's best for Annabeth."
    "How can you be sure?"
    "Because she'd do the same for you."
    • 7: "Everybody Hates Me But The Horse"
  • "This is why I don't use mortals. They are unreliable."
    "They are weak-minded, easily bought, and violent. I love them."
    • Luke Castellan and 'The General', 9: "I Learn How to Grow Zombies"
"Always some monster. But my dear Percy, that is why the others are on this quest. I'm more interested in you.
"Annabeth is in trouble."
  • "Grover was sniffing the wind, looking nervous. He fished out his acorns and threw them into the sand, then played his pipes.
    They rearranged themselves in a pattern that made no sense to me, but Grover looked concerned.
    "That's us," he said. "Those five nuts right there."
    "Which one is me?" I asked.
    "The little deformed one," Zoe suggested.
    "Oh, shut up.”
    • 13: "We Visit The Junkyard Of The Gods"
  • "Well then, why are you on this quest?"
    "Artemis has been captured."
    "Oh, Artemis. Please. Talk about a hopeless case. I mean, if they were going to kidnap a goddess, she should be breathtakingly beautiful, don't you think? I pity the poor dears who have to imprison Artemis. Bo-ring!"
    "But she was chaing a monster. A really, really bad monster. We have to find it!"
    "Always some monster. But my dear Percy, that is why the others are on this quest. I'm more interested in you.
    "Annabeth is in trouble."

    "Exactly!"
    "I have to help her"
    • Aphrodite and Percy Jackson, 13: "We Visit The Junkyard Of The Gods"
  • There is always a way out for those clever enough to find it."
    • Athena, 14: I Have A Dam Problem
  • "I don't know," she admitted. "But thank you for rescuing me."
    "Hey, no big deal. We're friends."
    "You didn't believe I was dead?"
    "Never."
    • 18: "A Friend Says Good-bye"
  • "I'll fill you in later," Chiron said with forced cheerfulness. "The important thing is you have prevailed. And you saved Annabeth!"
    Annabeth smiled at me gratefully, which made me look away.
    • 20: "I Get A New Enemy For Christmas"

The Battle of the Labyrinth (2008)[edit]

  • "You are okay?" he asked. "Not eaten by monsters?"
    "Not even a little bit." I showed him that I still had both arms and both legs, and Tyson clapped happily.
    "Yay!" he said. "Now we can eat peanut butter sandwiches and ride fish ponies! We can fight monsters and see Annabeth and make things go BOOM!"
    I hoped he didn't mean all at the same time, but I told him absolutely, we'd have a lot of fun this summer.
    • 2: "The Underworld Sends Me a Prank Call"
  • "I didn't think-. Well, I didn't think you liked heroes."
    "Because of that little spat I had with Hercules? Honestly, I get so much bad press because of one disagreement."
    "Didn't you try to kill him, like, a lot of times?"
    "Water under the bridge, my dear. Besides, he was one of my loving husband's children by another woman. My patience wore thin, I'll admit it."
    • Annabeth and Hera, 6: "We Meet The God With Two Faces"
  • "Percy, I was kidding myself. All that planning and reading, I don't have a clue where we're going."
    "You're doing great. Besides, we never know what we're doing. It always works out. Remember Circe's island?"
    "You made a cute guinea pig."
    "And Waterland, how you got us thrown off that ride?"
    "I got us thrown off? That was totally your fault!"
    "See? It'll be fine."
    • Percy and Annabeth, 8: "We Visit The Demon Dude Ranch"
  • "New lesson class," I announced. "Most monsters will vaporize when sliced with a celestial bronze sword. This change is perfectly normal, and will happen to you right now if you don't BACK OFF!"
    • 11: " I Set Myself on Fire"
  • "Be careful of love. It'll twist your brain around and leave you thinking up is down and right is wrong."
    • 12: "I Take a Permanent Vacation"
  • "People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed."
    • 12: "I Take a Permanent Vacation"
  • "You deal with mythological stuff for a few years, you learn that paradises are usually places where you get killed."
    • 12: "I Take a Permanent Vacation"
  • My mother made a squeaking sound that might've been either "Yes" or "Help".
    Poseidon took it as a yes and came in.
    Paul was looking back and forth between us, trying to read our expressions. Finally he stepped forward. "Hi, I'm Paul Blofis."
    Poseidon raised an eyebrow and then shook his hand. "Blowfish, did you say?"
    "Ah, no. Blofis, actually."
    "Oh, I see," Poseidon said. "A shame. I quite like blowfish. I am Poseidon."
    "Poseidon? That's an interesting name."
    "Yes, I like it. I've gone by other names, but I do prefer Poseidon."
    "Like the god of the sea."
    "Very much like that, yes"
    "Well!" My mother interrupted. "Um, were so glad you could drop by. Paul, this is Percy's father."
    "Ah." Paul nodded, though he didn't look real pleased. "I see."
    Poseidon smiled at me. "There you are, my boy. And Tyson, hello, son!"
    "Daddy!" Tyson [shouted] […]
    Paul's jaw dropped. He stared at my mother. "Tyson is..."
    "Not mine," she promised. "It's a long story."
    • 20: "My Birthday Party Takes a Dark Turn"
  • "Dad, when I was in the maze, I met Antaeus. He said... well, he said he was your favorite son. He decorated his arena with skulls and-"
    "He dedicated them to me. And you are wondering how someone could do something so horrible in my name. Percy, lesser beings do many horrible things in the name of the gods. That does not mean we gods approve it. The way our sons and daughters act in our names... well it usually says more about them than it does about us. And you, Percy, are my favorite son."
    • Percy and Posiedon, 20: "My Birthday Party Takes a Dark Turn"

The Last Olympian (2009)[edit]

  • "Please, man," I said. "It would mean a lot. For old times' sake?"
    He whimpered. "As I recall, in the old times we almost died a lot. But okay, here goes nothing."
  • "With great power... comes great need to take a nap. Wake me up later."
  • Annabeth ran in right behind him, and I'll admit my heart did a little relay race in my chest when I saw her. It's not that she tried to look good. We'd been doing so many combat missions lately, she hardly brushed her curly blond hair anymore, and she didn't care what clothes she was wearing - usually the same old orange camp T-shirt and jeans, and once in a while her bronze armor. Her eyes were stormy gray. Most of the time we couldn't get through a conversation without trying to strangle each other. Still, just seeing her made me feel fuzzy in the head. Last summer, before Luke turned into Kronos and everything went sour, there had been a few times when I thought maybe... well, that we might get past the strangle-each-other phase.
    • p. 46
  • Annabeth wiped a tear from her cheek. "I'm glad you're not dead, Seaweed Brain."
    "Thanks," I said. "Me too."
    • p. 48
  • Annabeth blushed. It dawned on me that she knew I'd been hanging out with Rachel, and I felt guilty. Then I felt angry that I felt guilty. I was allowed to have friends outside of camp, right? It wasn't like...
    • p. 58
  • I found myself staring at her, which was stupid since I'd seen her a billion times. She and I were about the same height this summer, which was a relief. Still, she seemed so much more mature. It was kind of intimidating. I mean, sure, she'd always been cute, but she was starting to be seriously beautiful.
    • p. 70
  • In a flash I understood what had happened. He'd been trying to stab me. Judging from the position of his blade, he would've taken me - maybe by sheer luck - in the small of my back, my only weak point.
    Annabeth had intercepted the knife with her own body.
    • p. 190
  • "You're cute when you get worried, your eyebrows get all scrunched together."
    "You are not going to die while I owe you a favor. Why did you take that knife?"
    "You would've done the same for me."
    "How did you know?"
    "Know what?"
    My Achilles spot. If you hadn't taken that knife, I would've died."
    "I don't know, Percy. I just had this feeling you were in danger. Where... where is the spot?"
    I wasn't supposed to tell anyone. But this was Annabeth. If I couldn't trust her, I couldn't trust anyone.
    "The small of my back."
    "Where? Here?"
    "You saved me. Thanks."
    "So you owe me. What else is new?"
    • Annabeth Chase and Percy Jackson, 12: "Rachel Makes a Bad Deal", p. 199
  • "You know what would help this boy? Farming."
    "Mother-"
    "Six months behind a plow. Excellent character building."
    • Demeter and Persephone, 15: "We Get Help From a Thief", p.281
  • Well...sure good to be together again. Arguing. Almost dying. Abject terror. Oh, look. It's our floor.
    • Grover, 17: "I Sit On the Hot Seat", p. 302
Hope survives best at the hearth. Guard it for me and I won't be tempted to give up again
  • I picked up the jar. The spirit of Hope fluttered inside, trying to warm the cold container.
    "Hestia, I give this to you as an offering."
    "I am the least of the gods. Why would you trust me with this?"
    "You're the last Olympian. And the most important."
    "And why is that, Percy Jackson?"
    "Because Hope survives best at the hearth. Guard it for me and I won't be tempted to give up again."
    • Percy Jackson and Hestia, 17: "I Sit On the Hot Seat", p. 308
  • My son here convinced me that perhaps I should prioritize my list of enemies. As much as I dislike certain upstart demigods, it would not do for Olympus to fall. I would miss bickering with my siblings. And if there is one thing we agree on-it is that you were a TERRIBLE father.
    • Hades, 18: "My Parents Go Commando", p.316
  • "I wouldn't worry too much. The last Great Prophecy about you took almost seventy years to complete. This one may not even happen in your lifetime."
    "Maybe, but it didn't sound so good."
    "No. It certainly didn't. She's going to make a wonderful Oracle!"
    • Apollo and Percy Jackson, 22: "I Am Dumped", p. 369
  • "She raised an eyebrow. "You got something to say to me, Seaweed Brain?"
    "You'd probably kick my butt."
    "You know I'd kick your butt."
    I brushed the cake off my hands. "When I was at the River Styx, turning invulnerable . . . Nico said I had to concentrate on one thing that kept me anchored to the world, that made me want to stay mortal."
    Annabeth kept her eyes on the horizon. "Yeah?"
    "Then up on Olympus," I said, "when they wanted to make me a god and stuff, I kept thinking—"
    "Oh, you so wanted to."
    "Well, maybe a little. But I didn't, because I thought—I didn't want things to stay the same for eternity, because things could always get better. And I was thinking . . ." My throat felt really dry.
    "Anyone in particular?" Annabeth asked, her voice soft.
    I looked over and saw that she was trying not to smile.
    "You're laughing at me," I complained.
    "I am not!"
    "You are so not making this easy."
    Then she laughed for real, and she put her hands around my neck. "I am never, ever going to make things easy for you, Seaweed Brain. Get used to it."
    • Annabeth Chase and Percy Jackson, 22: "I Am Dumped", p.373
  • "You're still my best friend."
    He grinned. "Except for Annabeth."
    "That's different."
    "Yeah," he agreed. "It sure is."
    • Percy Jackson and Grover, 23: "We Say Goodbye, Sort Of", p. 377

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