Book Review + Giveaway: ‘Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes’ by Rick Riordan


What better way to celebrate Percy Jackson’s birthday than with a new companion book retelling the tales of Greek’s greatest mythical heroes!

Who cut off Medusa’s head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy (“I’ve had some bad experiences in my time, but the heroes I’m going to tell you about were the original old school hard luck cases. They boldly screwed up where no one had screwed up before…”) and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan’s legions of devoted fans–and for anyone who needs a hero. So get your flaming spear. Put on your lion skin cape. Polish your shield and make sure you’ve got arrows in your quiver. We’re going back about four thousand years to decapitate monsters, save some kingdoms, shoot a few gods in the butt, raid the Underworld, and steal loot from evil people. Then, for dessert, we’ll die painful tragic deaths. Ready? Sweet. Let’s do this.

GreekHeroesAs someone who adores the Percy Jackson series, it was nice to revisit Percy in this new book. While it may not be another Percy Jackson story, his presence is strongly felt in Greek Heroes. Told in Percy’s voice, the opening lines had me feeling a little nostalgic for Riordan’s first series. I can’t believe it has already been ten years since Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief was first published. What’s amazing is how relevant his character and story still feels today, after a decade of existence.

That’s really what makes Greek Heroes so much fun. It’s very informative, but also entertaining. Percy’s commentary is weaved through, adding the right amount of humor to some of the most darkest stories. Although I was already familiar with some of these heroes’ stories, Riordan, with Percy’s voice, utilizes a storytelling method that makes them feel refreshing.

The book itself is beautiful, with stunning illustrations to accompany vivid storytelling. The book is also pretty heavy, which I know doesn’t really count for anything, but I felt like a little kid again when laying it open on a table and hunching over to read it.

Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan is now available in stores. It’s a worthy addition to your Rick Riordan collection. Lucky for you, we are giving away a copy as well as a “Percy Pack” limited edition backpack to help carry the book around.



Be back-to-school ready with GREEK HEROES!

One (1) winner receives:

  • a copy of GREEK HEROES
  • plus a “Percy Pack” limited edition backpack!

Open to US addresses only. Prizing provided by Disney-Hyperion.

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Gabrielle is 27 years old and lives in Chicago. She enjoys writing about film, TV, and books, but occasionally writes about music as well. In addition to writing for, she also the editor-in-chief and a co-founder. In her spare time, she’s either watching more movies and shows or reading more books, while continuously checking Twitter, which she may or may not be addicted to… Feel free to email her your thoughts, ideas and questions.
  • Ed

    My favorite Greek Hero is Hercules because he is so brave and strong and cares about others based on the TV show and the Disney movies.

  • Carla

    my favorite greek hero has always been perseus (the original, although percy jackson is just as cool!), because his victory over medusa and his rescue of andromeda from the sea monster were some of the first greek myths i ever learned about. greek gods and heroes are very interesting but most of the time they’re not very good people, so i think perseus stands out as a truly brave, honorable man, and that is why he always caught my eye.

  • jenny

    My favorite greek hero is Perseus because he is the only honorable man of all the greek heroes. Also because i guess i can relate him to percy jackson and i feel both of them are just awesome. I definitely love greek mythology and with percy jackson i have learned a lot.

  • Braden Corpington

    I like all the Greek Heroes! Well, except for Hercules. He’s a jerk.

  • Sydney Anderson

    My favorite Greek hero is Hercules

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  • Jenny

    So excited for percy jackson greek heroes !!! I just enjoy reading the percy Jackson series !!!

  • Austin Baroudi

    I like Perseus.

  • Jason Gomez

    My favorite Greek hero is my namesake Jason of Corinth. Love the story of Jason & the Argonauts and the quest to find the Golden Fleece.

  • Joan Kubes

    My favorite Greek hero is Odysseus.

  • Marissa Lynette


  • Sui Generis

    I really like Poseidon because he is very strong and powerful and I love his powers. I think he would have been a great leader!

  • Alice Lionel

    My favorite Greek hero is Athena

  • jenny

    Besides perseus my favorite greek hero is also odysseus. His story is really interesting !!!

  • Sadie

    I am a fan of Athena, goddess of wisdom.

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  • Jessica Ineedfood Wilkerson

    My fav is zeus …he’s everywhere

  • Daniel M

    probably zeus

  • Book Nerd

    My favorite would be the Greek heroine Atalanta

  • Ashley R.

    My favorite Greek Hero is Athena, she is remarkable and awesome!

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  • Kathy Nguyen

    I am not sure if Orpheus counts as a Greek hero, but if he does then he would be my favourite! I love how his story is interesting, sweet, and sad as well.

  • Tabathia

    I like hestia

  • Melissa Lee

    My favorite Greek heroes are Odysseus & Hercules

  • jenny


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  • Ken C

    I Like Hercules

  • Sydney


  • Er… It’s hard to say. They’re all kinda jerks, so… None of them is like Percy, or Annabeth, or anyone else in the PJO or HoO series. Or the Kane Chronicles, anyway. But I guess I’ll choose… Er… Okay, no. I just can’t. Maybe Orpheus? I don’t really like him but to choose someone. Oh, oh! Odysseus! I like him. Yeah, Odysseus

  • Ruth Christensen

    I like Athena

  • Morgan Alexis

    percy duhhh

  • Galaxy Sea

    I like Odysseus

  • Mhh, Apollo is pretty cool!

  • Danny Nguyen

    Hercules!! Of course

  • Lola

    I like odysesus