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Do you feel really grateful that even though Harmony wasn’t endgame, at least Percabeth happened?
Absolutely. And I can never understand when people compare Percabeth to Romione. Percy and Annabeth may start out similarly to Ron and Hermione, with the bickering and antagonism, but unlike the latter two they get over that very quickly and their relationship evolves into something far more akin to the relationship that Harry and Hermione have always shared. Something based on trust and respect and friendship and equality.
I know Rick has said he won’t be doing an Epilogue, cos he doesn’t like them (though I still have my fingers crossed for another spin-off series about the next generation of demigods that sorta gets around that), but am I the only one who now thinks Percy and Annabeth would have a son, who they would name Robert, aka Bob?
Am I the only one utterly repulsed by some of the so-called “reviews” of HoH on Amazon and the like? Parents who’ve given the book a 1 star rating purely because of the content of the Cupid chapter. Writing about how it’s “wrong” and Rick has “betrayed” them, and there should have been a maturity warning, and they will never let their kids read this book, and will warn others against it.
One particularly poorly written review even calls Rick “evil” and says he’s trying to “mislead and confuse your kids”.
Seriously? This is absolutely disgusting, and makes me utterly furious. People like the parents writing those reviews are what is wrong with the world, not Rick, and they are the reason this topic still remains “controversial”, because they teach their kids such hateful and antiquated views.
SPOILERS WILL BE DISCUSSED HERE, READ ON AT YOUR OWN RISK
I’m nearly finished re-reading HoH, and I realised there are aspects that I haven’t seen really being discussed, I think because SO much happened in that book, that some things were bound to fall through the cracks. It was only on my second reading though, that I realised a pretty big thing we probably should have taken more notice of.
Anyway, I know we’ve all thought since TLH that "to storm or fire" most likely referred to Jason or Leo (though granted, as Jason himself mentions, Percy could just as easily be storm). But in this book, the characters actually discuss this possibility, and Piper brings forth her theory that it could be a good thing, meaning it’s actually Gaia that will fall at the hands of one of the two. She then says that her concern is that it also means that the other will die. Jason later says he thinks she’s right, that "one of them, Jason or Leo, would not come back from this voyage alive".
Later, after the crew of the Argo II have reunited with Leo in Malta, Hazel and Nico see the black lightning of Epirus. Jason is the only other person who can see it. He says: "He didn’t know why he could see the dark flashes. He wasn’t a child of the Underworld. But it gave him a very bad feeling."
And so the question becomes: is this a red herring from Rick, trying to throw us off track? Or could this be foreshadowing? That not only is Piper right, but the fact that Jason can see something he otherwise shouldn’t be able to, is an omen that it will be he, and not Leo, who dies?
1. If you seriously think Percy and/or Annabeth are too dependant on the other, and can no longer function as individuals, then all I can say is you’ve been reading the books wrong.
2. I’ve seen so many people complaining about spoilers. Here’s the thing: if you want to avoid spoilers, think about what sites you visit! Don’t go on Tumblr, if you follow fandom blogs, and seriously don’t go into various different tags that will no doubt contain spoilers. You’re asking for trouble, and have no one to blame but yourself!