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The Camp Half-Blood Series is a media franchise by Rick Riordan that encompasses the series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, The Trials of Apollo, and various companion books. It exists within the same universe as The Kane Chronicles, which has several short crossover stories with the Camp Half-Blood characters, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, which has outright connections in the series proper.

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The books in this franchise are:

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

  1. The Lightning Thief
  2. The Sea of Monsters
  3. The Titan's Curse
  4. The Battle of the Labyrinth
  5. The Last Olympian

There are also four companion books
  • The Demigod Files
  • The Ultimate Guide
  • Demigods and Monsters
  • Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo: Found as a short story in Guys Read: Other Worlds.

The Heroes of Olympus

  1. The Lost Hero
  2. The Son Of Neptune
  3. The Mark Of Athena
  4. The House Of Hades
  5. The Blood of Olympus

There is also one companion book

The Trials of Apollo

  1. The Hidden Oracle
  2. The Dark Prophecy
  3. The Burning Maze
  4. The Tyrant's Tomb

There is also one companion book
  • Camp Half-Blood Confidential

Canon Crossovers:

Companion books not particularly part of a particular series:

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  • Percy Jackson's Greek Gods
  • Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes


This franchise often provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: The gods are often guilty of this. Hera threw Hephaestus off a mountain, Tartarus trapped Damasen in hell for being a Non-Action Guy, Zeus turned his daughter into a tree rather than actually helping her, etc.
  • Action Girl: All demigoddesses who stay in the camps are trained in battle, and most can hold their own in a fight. Their mothers, the gods, are no slouch either, and display a wealth of powers.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Every god, titan and primordial do this.
  • All Myths Are True: Though the series mostly deals with Classical Mythology, other mythologies are lightly touched upon. A canon Crossover exists between this franchise and The Kane Chronicles, which deals with Egyptian mythology. Not to mention the main character of Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard is Annabeth's cousin. African and Native American mythologies are also implied to exist, and Jesus is mentioned once or twice.
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    • Between the mythology and this series. Characters like Hestia and Khione are rarely even mentioned in the myths but play major roles here.
    • Characters such as Hylla, Will Solace, Jake Mason and Nico, who are one-off characters when first mentioned, gain greater roles in a newer series.
  • Asshole Victim: Several, including...
    • Percy's abusive stepfather Gabe Ugliano, who's Taken for Granite thanks to Medusa's head by the end of The Lightning Thief.
    • Octavian, a Roman legacy of Apollo and the Augur of Camp Jupiter, who leads the attack on Camp Half-Blood in The Blood of Olympus, intending to wipe out the Greek demigods, but is killed when he's caught in his own catapult and sent flying towards Gaea, dying on impact.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • Monsters are made of this - they're purely abstract entities who, if their physical forms are destroyed, will merely reform in Tartarus and come back. The minotaur, one of Percy's first monster battles, dies early in book 1 and returns in book 5.
    • Leo Valdez dies in the final book of The Heroes of Olympus, but is revived with the Physician's Cure, having set it up in advance.
  • Badass Army: Every major group in the franchise has one-specifically, the Twelfth Legion, the army of demigods from Camp Half-Blood Percy leads in The Last Olympian, and the einherji.
  • Black and Gray Morality: The gods are mostly jerkasses, but their enemies are worse — they outright try to cause The End of the World as We Know It or some other high-stakes plan.
  • Circles of Hell: The Underworld has Isles of the Blest at the top, Elysium below that (or encircling them), the most widely populated Asphodel Fields, the Fields of Punishment and Tartarus.
  • Crossover Cosmology: Greek and Roman mythology, with others mentioned.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Just about every major character, and plenty of minor characters, get sassy one-liners, and several engage in Snark-to-Snark Combat. The protagonists and their Love Interests are particularly effusive snarkers.
  • Divine Parentage: The demigods are half- or at least part-god, and part mortal.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: The Amazons. Though technically heroic due to Hylla aiding the heroes, their treatment of men starts with assaulting those who speak and extends to dressing the men in prison uniforms - uniforms that are implied to come standard with some form of shock collar.
  • Everyone Is Related: Downplayed. The godly Tangled Family Tree of Classical Mythology is present here, making the demigods and magical creatures all technically family by extension since they're descended from the gods. However, it's also mentioned that the gods don't really have DNA to pass on, so any two demigods aren't treated as "related" unless they have the same godly parent, and even then it's largely semantic.
  • Fireball Eyeballs: Ares, Hestia and Hyperion, the latter two justified since they're related to fire and the Sun, while Ares' are described as being more like Nuclear Mushroom Eyeballs.
  • First-Person Smartass: Both Percy Jackson and Magnus Chase are Deadpan Snarkers, and it bleeds into their narration too. This is also noticeable in the Greek Gods and Greek Heroes companion books, where Percy injects his own brand of humor and biases into retelling the story, resulting in what can be best described as Classical Mythology: The Abridged Series.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Many, but the dam[n] jokes are probably the most well known.
  • God: Usually mentioned, but doesn't appear-though apparently, Thor is miffed with Jesus for not showing up to a fight centuries back.
  • Hellhound: Many appear throughout the series. Mrs. O'Leary is a friendly one.
  • I Gave My Word: An oath on the River Styx is magically binding. Unless you are a god apparently.
  • In Which a Trope Is Described: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard all have their chapter titles in this format. So does The Trials of Apollo, in haiku. Averted with The Heroes of Olympus though.
  • Jedi Mind Trick: Manipulating the Mist can cause this effect; an unwitting person can be convinced of things that didn't happen through it. Demigods are harder to fool, but not invulnerable.
  • Jerkass Gods: With the exception of Hestia every god seen has demonstrated some sort of assholery.
  • Kid Hero: Most of the main characters are in their teens. Justified given the short lifespans of many demigods.
  • Meaningful Name: Many half-bloods have names that reflect their divine parentage.
  • Modernized God: This happens to some of the gods and monsters of Classical Mythology since they have to adapt to modern North America. For example, Ares appears as a violent biker, Iris, Greek messenger goddess of rainbows, note , has more or less abandoned the 'messenger' part of her job and now runs a small store, the Amazons run Amazon.com, and Mount Olympus is over the Empire State Building. It's implied that this has happened to most, if not all, of the gods and monsters, as they adapt to the current heart of Western Civilizations.
  • Oh My Gods!: The characters tend to exclaim based on the Greek/Roman gods in the setting.
  • Our Gods Are Different: The Olympians of the Greek and Roman pantheons are shapeshifting immortal time abysses that choose to look like humans (or other physical disguises) as to not kill everyone with their true forms. They hold great power over their own domains.
  • Pantheon Sitcom: Downplayed. The main characters' quests are the focus, but the more dysfunctional aspects of the gods' relationships to each other tend to play out in the background.
  • Physical God: The gods and titans take physical forms, and have immense control over their demesnes.
  • Reality Warper: The Gods and Titans, of course. Anyone with sufficient skill to manipulate the Mist, to a lesser extent.
  • Short Story: Several canon ones exist and they're listed above.
  • Switching P.O.V.: In The Kane Chronicles (between Carter and Sadie) and The Heroes of Olympus (with anywhere from three to seven PO Vs per book).
  • The Worf Effect: The Athena Parthenos, shilled as an artifact of great power, barely holds back Gaea's power, and later doesn't do all that much better against the giant statue of Nero. Justified in the first case, given that Athena is a goddess and Gaea a step or two above her-even Athena herself couldn't have done much. Apollo handwaves the latter situation as a case of Gods Need Prayer Badly, and Camp Half-Blood being almost entirely deserted weakens her power.

Alternative Title(s): Camp Half Blood Series, Camp Half Blood

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