Saturday, September 08, 2012

The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan must understand that those of us who are fans of Percy Jackson and the other Olympians in his Heroes of Olympus series wait impatiently for the next book. He's given us something to tide us over in the collection The Demigod Diaries. This one contains short stories, games, colored illustrations of the characters. Some of the stories provide background for the characters. But, the best ones include hints at the future stories.

The games are probably of more interest to the age group the books are actually aimed at, readers between the ages of ten and fourteen. There are word games and diagrams from some of the stories. I'm a fan of the stories.

"The Diary of Luke Castellan" provides more background about Luke, and tells of his first meeting with Annabeth. It's a story of a house from which even demigods might not be able to escape. "Leo Valdez and the Quest for Buford" is the story with some foreshadowing for future adventures. It's also the funniest one in this collection as the son of Hephaestus, while working on the magic flying warship, loses an essential table.

My favorite story is, of course, the one that features Percy Jackson. In my opinion, none of Riordan's other heroes compare with Percy. At sixteen, dating Annabeth, he agrees to help Hermes, for a price, in "Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes".

But, probably the most interesting aspect of this book is Rick Riordan's note to readers before the final piece. Riordan started these stories for his son Haley who had ADHD and dyslexia. Percy Jackson is an ADHD/dyslexic demigod, the same age as Haley. And, the final piece in this collection, "Son of Magic" is written by Haley. It's a complex account that tells what happened to some of the losers in the battle for Olympus.

The Demigod Diaries is not as satisfying as one of The Heroes of Olympus novels. It's hard to have the pacing, complexity and depth in a short story. But, Rick and Haley Riordan manage to keep the spirit alive in this collection while readers impatiently await the next book in the series

Rick Riordan's website is www.rickriordan.com

The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan. Hyperion Books. 2012. ISBN 9781423163008 (hardcover), 242p.

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