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Percy Jackson, the character created by author Rick Riordan, first appears in The Lightning Thief, which is the first installment in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series.
Percy also appears in Riordan’s second series, The Heroes of Olympus, as a main part of the cast. Since then, he’s also had minor appearances in Rick Riordan’s other books!
Many of Percy’s adventures land him in some pretty crazy life-or-death situations!
If you’ve been wanting to start this series (or you’re working your way through it), you may be wondering if Percy ever ends up on the short end of the stick during his travels?
So, does Percy Jackson die? No! Percy Jackson does not die. He is alive and well (and still sixteen)! As of now, Percy has not died in either the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series or The Heroes of Olympus series. In fact, he’ll be resuming his adventures in Rick Riordan’s latest Percy Jackson book, The Chalice of the Gods.
The Chalice of the Gods is set to release in 2023 and will be a first-person POV from Percy himself.
So, Percy can’t be dead if he is going to get a new book!
(Also, I already know what you’re thinking. “WELL, what about Magnus Chase?!?” That’s just different, okay? Percy can’t go to Valhalla, DUH!!).
Percy is one of my all-time favorite characters, and Uncle Rick killing him off is something that lingers in the back of my mind at all times! Thankfully, this incredible character is still alive and well.
Hopefully he stays that way during The Chalice of the Gods!
Does Annabeth Die in Percy Jackson?
No, Annabeth does not die in during any of the Percy Jackson books! She is safe and well.
Grover also makes it out of all three Camp Half-Blood books unscathed.
Our favorite trio will be featured in Rick Riordan’s new release, The Chalice of the Gods.
Though this group of heroes has made it out of Riordan’s books alive so far, they’ve still suffered the loss of several of their demigod friends throughout the series.
How does Luke Castellan Die?
Luke, the titular lightning thief, befriends Percy in the first book. Later on, however, he betrays him and sides with Kronos in the war against the gods.
Throughout the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, Luke works with Kronos, all until Kronos completely takes over Luke’s body.
In the final book, The Last Olympian, Luke fulfills The Great Prophecy and “ends his days” by stabbing himself with Annabeth’s dagger.
In chapter 19, we see Luke make the choice to stab himself to keep Kronos from reaching his full form. In the end, he dies as a hero.
“If Kronos evolved into his true form, there would be no stopping him. He would make Typhon look like a play-ground bully. The line from the great prophecy echoed in my head: A hero’s soul, cursed blade shall reap. My whole world tipped upside down, and I gave the knife to Luke.”
Annabeth tells Luke that he was ended as a hero, and that he will go to Elysium. However, he decides to instead become reborn on the Isles of the Blest.
What other Demigods Die in Percy Jackson & the Olympians?
Silena Beauregard, Lee Fletcher, Charlie Beckendorf, Michael Yew, Ethan Nakamura, Bianca Di Angelo, and Zoë Nightshade are all the demigods that die in Percy Jackson & the Olympians.
The first big death of a camper occurs in The Titan’s Curse, when Bianca Di Angelo sacrifices herself in the Junkyard of the gods against the broken automaton made by Hephaestus.
Bianca took a mythomagic figure from the Junkyard, which caused the automaton to awaken. In the end, it kills Bianca.
Zoë Nightshade also dies in The Titan’s Curse. Her father is revealed to be the Titan, Atlas. She is poisoned by Landon during the battle of Mount Tam.
Her father then throws her into a pile of rocks and injuries her further. Boo Atlas! Zoë is such a fun character and in my opinion so underrated!
In The Battle of the Labyrinth, Lee Fletcher, son of Apollo, is killed by a giant in Luke’s army when they invade Camp Half-Blood.
There are a lot of demigod deaths in The Last Olympian. As we talked about earlier, Luke Castellan dies in this book, as well as Charlie Beckendorf, Michael Yew, Ethan Nakamura, and Silena Beauregard.
Michael Yew, another child of Apollo, dies during the Battle of Manhattan.
He helped Percy hold off the monsters in the city with his archery until the arrival of Kronos and his full army. He tells Percy to destroy the bridge, which ultimately kills Michael but ends up saving his siblings in the Apollo cabin.
Charlie Beckendorf dies while aboard The Princess Andramada during the beginning of The Last Olympian.
The book starts off with Percy and Charlie Beckendorf, son of Hephaestus, aboard The Princess Andramada, a yacht filled with Luke and Kronos’ army.
They go there to spy, but the mission fails because an informant at Camp Half-Blood leaked information to Kronos.
To escape the yacht, Percy and Charlie need to use Greek fire that’s on board. However, it needs to be detonated. Charlie ends up saving Percy by being the one to set off the bombs. Unfortunately, he gets himself killed in the process.
Charlie’s death is very hard for Percy and the other campers. This initial death really sets the tone for the book and how high the stakes are for our beloved characters!
Ethan Nakamura is first introduced in The Battle of the Labyrinth and is a child of Nemesis. Ethan is on the side of Luke and fights against Percy in the Battle of Manhattan in The Last Olympian.
Percy tries to convince him to join his side, but Ethan is too clouded by vengeance against the gods and their mistreatment of the lesser gods.
In the end, Ethan does fight against Kronos to save Percy. However, a part of his blade breaks and punctures his stomach, resulting in his death. He tells Percy of the unfair treatment of his godly parent and the children of the minor gods.
This inspire Percy to ask for all of the gods to have cabins in the camp and for all the gods to claim their children. This is why Percy’s a woke king, amirite?!?
Ethan’s death really shaped Percys outlook and overall character going into the second Rick Riordan series.
We find out in the end of The Last Olympian that Silena Beauregard is the double agent from Camp Half-Blood who was feeding information to Kronos and his army.
Because of her past feelings for Luke, she agreed to give him information. However, she didn’t think that it would result in the death of Charlie or any of the other campers.
Silena pretends to be Clarisse, the leader of the Ares cabin, and leads the Ares demigods into the Battle of Manhattan to defeat the Drakon. She is very injured in this battle and dies in the end.
Clarisse and the other campers forgive her for betraying the camp and state that she died a hero in the end.
Does Jason Grace Die?
Unfortunately, yes, Jason Grace does die in The Burning Maze, the third book in the Trials of Apollo series.
Jason is stabbed by the emperor Caligula after being shot with several arrows in both his arms and legs. Piper, Meg, and Apollo are all able to escape because of Jason’s sacrifice. His last words are to Apollo:
So much death and so many favorite characters lost! But not Percy!
We see Percy in many tumultuous situations, but as of now, he is still safe and alive.
I am so excited to see his story pick up where we left off in Rick Riordan’s new release next May. Hopefully, we’ll even see a whole new Percy Jackson series in the future!
I want to know which one of your favorite Camp Half-Blood characters didn’t make it out of the books alive! For me, it has to be Zoë Nightshade, but I want to know all your CHB thoughts and theories!
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