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The Demigod Files

by Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #
151 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by Kristi

An enjoyable collection of shorts, with a few content issues to be aware of.

Plot

This tie-in to the popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series bring us three new short stories, along with a number of character interviews and illustrations of various characters and of Camp Half-Blood.

Morality

The morality was good for the most part, except for content referenced in other sections of this review. As this is more a guide to the rest of the series than anything else, it does not contain many ethical situations.

Spiritual Content

"May the gods be with you" is used. An interview reveals Annabeth's dream to build a temple to the gods at Camp Half Blood.

One story features daimons called Keres, battlefield spirits that "feed on violent death." There is mention of reincarnation. Nico, son of Hades, summons skeletons out of the earth to fight for him.

Violence

There is some action violence, mostly nongraphic. There is mention of the spilling of ichor, the golden blood of the gods. We see a father raising his hands to beat his child. At one point a forgetful titan builds a toy house out of bones.

Drug and Alcohol Content

In one scene a ghost appears holding a wineglass.

Sexual Content

As with the rest of the Percy Jackson books, the premise is that the ancient Greek gods are still alive and still involving themselves with human men and women, which results in half-blood children.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

There is a little language suggested in the book, though we're not often let in on what it means. We're shown lines like "He called me some names I can't repeat," and, "then he launched into a string of cuss words in several different languages." Another character swears in various languages before yelling, "Go to Hades!" Annabeth uses the expression "di immortales" which can be loosely translated as "by the gods."

Conclusion

An enjoyable tie-in to the Percy Jackson canon, this collection of shorts comes with a little content of questionable quality.

Fun Score: 3.5
Values Score: 3.5
Written for Age: 11-12

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