1832. despite popular belief, percy’s sass isn’t inherited from poseidon. he gets it from his mom.
1831. percy has braces.
OKAY I’M NOT DONE TALKING ABOUT CALYPSO
let’s imagine for a moment a world in which calypso is actually freed after the second titan war. for the first time ever she can go explore the world. see nature. meet people. walk around cities. climb a mountain. have coffee. go into stores.
the world is completely open for her and you know what she is going to take every chance she can to enjoy it
calypso travels. endlessly. every country, every city, every small country garden with wildflowers spurting up around the edges and she wants to see smell touch all of it. new spices. she discovers the amazon rainforest and spends two years there. (she becomes good friends with iris and grover, and they come to form the golden trio of the olympian environmentalism movement and eventually it trickles down to the mortals and saves the planet.)
she comes back to ogygia occasionally - makes it kind of her home base. checks in on her bird friends, sees how the nymphs and demigods (the demeter kids love her to bits) she’s invited to study her garden are doing, have a home-cooked meal.
during the second giant war, she hears about the big quest to the ancient lands and how gaea is threatening to tear the world up from its roots. this beautiful precious intoxicating world that has just become hers, all hers, - does anyone expect calypso to sit back and do nothing? hell no. she hauls over to greece (and wow it’s been a long time since she saw the mediterranean) and catches up with the argo ii. ignores percy for the most part, except when she informs him that his mother is doing well and they have breakfast together sometimes. calypso’s fond of sally with her little box garden. (she also teaches that boy how to use water to heal and save and protect, teaches a boy to preserve instead of raze.)
she sees the power in hazel, in piper immediately and takes them under her wing. teaches hazel in person what hecate could only teach from afar; shows piper the many ways she can use the power of her voice. she likes hearing annabeth talk about buildings - anything without columns is still a new concept to her but she finds it all fascinating.
calypso is no fan of battle. on her tiny island, the only conflict came at the hands of gods and men and she taught herself to avoid deflect reduce. but now.
now she has something to fight for and it burns in her (scares her and enthralls her because when did she become so powerful?).
so calypso goes to war. her armor is a white dress and her helmet is a golden band around her head. her sword is her anger, her love, her passion.
she fights for the world and all the possibilities it holds, all the small moments and big adventures; she fights for friendship and for trapped girls; she fights for herself.
(years from now the world worships calypso the wanderer, the sorceress, the protector. and calypso travels.)
(Talking about Caleo)
Calypso is cursed to fall in love with every hero that falls onto her island. She says that to Percy in TBotL, so we know that she doesn’t have a choice in it. That means that every time a person falls onto her island, she is subsequently forced into love and (usually) heartbreak. Now, I understand that Percy and Leo are not to blame for taking part in this curse- they don’t choose to land their either. However, it does mean that Hera and Khione know and a willing to do this to Calypso.
I just really can’t get behind any ship that has Calypso in it until she leaves the island. Until she is no longer forced to love by a cruse I won’t consider any pairing she is in as romantic. It’s actually pretty creepy.
(And on top of everything else, the idea of the two of them falling in love was super cliche and boring and a general waste of the book. I stand by that it was not only creepy but a waste of chapters- not everyone needs a love interest RR. That’s not how the real world works.)
I did like HoH, but you’re right in that there were a lot of really problematic things in there. I agree that both Caleo and Frank’s transformations were the worst things in the book. Both contain a bunch of really toxic messages (i.e., forcing love without consent and body shaming/enforcing a “hero” body type).
In addition to that, I found the Tartarus scenes to be pretty, well, wimpy. I understand that it’s a kids book and that there should be some level of restraint- nobody should be getting nightmares from reading it. However, there was literally a zero threat level to both Percy and Annabeth. I was literally never concerned for their safety (especially once they met
the dues ex machina Bob). Adding in the fact that these chapters took up literally half the book… I think it lacked a lot of excitement that previous books in the series had.
I still think there was a lot of good things though, especially with character development. Hazel and Jason grew by miles. Hazel realizing she had magic powers and then consequently kicking butt was an excellent choice to develop her character. Jason was humanized by his struggle of picking which camp he belonged in, and I found him relatable for the first time. Nico’s sexuality (while it does contain some problematic tropes) was also a huge step forward for the series. I was excited that RR finally acknowledged his source material, and the lack of heteronormity that the original myths have.
Also, they had small Bob and I really like cats, so…
Overall though this book really couldn’t compare to some of the other’s in the HoO series. Especially because it was following MoA, which has been my favorite book so far… I guess I was just pretty let down by it. I liked it, but it could have been so much better.
1830. when demigods get together they like to show off and compare their scars. they wear them like badges of honour.
1829. ever since grover became the lord of the wild, many people noticed that he started have an uncanny comparison with pan.
1828. the demeter kids spend downtime making friendship bracelets out of seeds and dried flowers. when ever they find a spot that needs some love, they plant a bracelet in the ground and make the seeds grow.
1827. after tartarus percy and annabeth slept in the same room, percy protectively having one arm over annabeth. the rest of the crew said nothing.