10 Awesome and Terrifying Characters and Creatures you meet in PERCY JACKSON AND THE LIGHTNING THIEF
Today is the first day of the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Percy Jackson series! We’ll be celebrating with news, updates, and giveaways for the next six months until December 15, 2015. And even though it’s been ten years since the first book, The Lightning Thief, the books are timeless and fun and amazing reads for the kids and the kids-at-heart. With that said, we’ll go back to the beginning and remind you all of all those amazing and terrifying characters and creatures you meet in Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.
Check out all the updates and the giveaway after the list!
Satyrs half the upper body of a man and the lower body of a goat and bear small horns on the top of their head. A satyr can hide his satyr parts from humans by wearing fake feet and hats.
They are nature spirits that were created when Ouranos’ blood spilled on fertile soil after he was killed by his son Kronos, a titan.
Grover Underwood likes to wear a rasta cap to hide his horns.
Chiron, the centaur
Centaurs have the torso and head of a man, and the body of a horse. With at least one known exception, centaurs are descendents of Centaurus, the child of Ixion and Nephele. They are known for being excessive drinkers and somewhat party animals, sometimes in violent sense.
Chiron, although centaur by appearance, is an exception in a couple of ways, one being that he doesn’t quite indulge like the rest of the centaurs do.
Argus, the 100-eyed giant
The 100-eyed giant was created by Hera, and thus is very protective of her. His eyes are all over his body and are all blue. He supposedly has one on his tongue as well, which explains why he doesn’t speak much.
Good thing it works for what Argus, the 100-eyed giant does for a living – being the security guard at Camp Half-Blood.
The most famous of the gorgons, she was the daughter of Phorcys and Keto and a beautiful priestess of Athena. She, along with her two sisters, were turned into gorgons – ugly creatures with a big, snakelike body and snakes for hair – after she and Poseidon had desecrated Athena’s temple.
Only Medusa had the power to turn people into stone by having them look into her eyes.
Alecto, the fury
The furies are the three chief servants of Hades. The furies have been claimed to be the daughters of Nyx, but they have also been known to be born of the ichor of Ouranos after Kronos had killed him.
Either way, they are not very fond of Percy Jackson, and Alecto is the first one we encounter.
Cerberus, three-headed dog
Cerberus, the three-headed rottweiler, is the eldest “child” of Typhon and Echidna, and is the only one who works directly for the Olympians. He has blood red eyes and razor sharp teeth and claws. As guard dog of the Underworld, he’s fiercely loyal to Hades.
Another offspring of Typhon and Echidna, the chimera is like a mosaic of animals, with the head of a head of a lion, the body of a goat, a blood-caked mane, and a ten-foot-long diamondback snake-headed tail which grows out of its shaggy behind. The Chimera secretes deadly venom released through a bite and breathes fire.
The minotaur is part human, part white bull, with the body of a man and the head of a bull. He has a short, but very important role regarding Percy Jackson.
We also get to see one of Cerberus and Nyx’s offspring, a hellhound. Hellhounds only have one head, though, and often look like red-eyed, black, rhino-sized Mastiffs.
Compared to many extra large sized monsters, a pit scorpion can be considered a minor problem, but don’t underestimate the power of their venom. When stung, the venom can kill within a minute. Not only that, pit scorpions can jump up to fifteen feet in height.
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ABOUT THE SERIES
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse–Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends–one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena–Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
CELEBRATE PERCY’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY with The Lightning Thief, the book that started the internationally best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.
THE LIGHTNING THIEF has sold millions of copies worldwide, appears on school reading lists nationwide, and inspired a major motion picture. Accolades include:
- Included in Time Magazine’s 2014 List of 100 best Young-Adult Books of All Times
- A New York Times Notable Book of 20015
- A Child Magazine Best Book of the Year
- A School Library Journal Best Book of 2005
- More than 6 year on the New York Times Best Sellers List (and counting!)
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