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Sunday, May 25, 2014

My Thoughts: The Staff of Serapis, by Rick Riordan

  • File Size: 1791 KB
  • Print Length: 59 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion
  • Release Date: May 20, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
"In this adventure, 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. 

This is the story fans have asked for, in which Annabeth Chase teams up with Sadie Kane. The demigod daughter of Athena and the young magician from Brooklyn House take on a larger-than-life foe from the ancient world. Perhaps even more disturbing than the power-hungry god they encounter is the revelation that he is being controlled by someone—someone all too familiar to Sadie. As a special bonus, the first chapter of THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS, the final book in the Heroes of Olympus series, is included." -Amazon
My Thoughts:
Rick Riordan's short stories are always the best. Somehow, he's managed to write a proper, hypnotic and action packed story, within the confines of a 60-page cutoff. But what excactly is this tiny titan? A bridge to a bigger series?

In a word, Yes.  The Son of Sobek is a  fun, meek, little read, that has inevitably cleared room for even more PJ/KC adventures. I like to think of these short stories as great "samplers" to get friends, family, or kids hooked on Rick Riordan. Their ease and plot density (or lack thereof), makes them very easy to relish.
"Annabeth's hand went to her knife. Then she remembered she didn't have one. At the moment, her most deadly weapon was her backpack, which was loaded with heavy architecture books"
However what I appreciated here was the dynamic between how Percy/Carter solve problems, and how Sadie/Annabeth do. Their varied styles, or ways of coming about things was one of the novellas nice subtleties. You could see from the start that this was going to be slightly different than The Son of Sobek.

Oh, and I suppose I should talk about the Blood Of Olympus sneak peak bundled in?
 Its nothing too special. A few vague mentions here and there...not something I would SPECIFICALLY buy the Staff of Serapis for. Though, I doubt you'd want you.

My Rating: 4.6/5

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