It’s been over a decade since Rick Riordan wrote the last novel from Percy Jackson’s point of view, and nearly two since he wrote a novel centering on the series’ main trio Percy, Annabeth, and Grover.
Today, in a seriously surprising turn of events, Riordan announced that a brand new novel is in the works and that it will follow the titular character in the next chapter of his life: Senior Year of high school.
That’s not all. The book already has an official release titled and release date. “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Chalice of the Gods” will be released through Disney Publishing September 26, 2023.
In one of his famous blog posts, Riordan stated that the book was originally planned to be a form of marketing for the show. “I figured such a book would not only be fun to write once again,” he said. “It would promote the show and vice versa. Everybody would win!”
He’s right. With both the series and a new book on the way, he and Disney have pretty much guaranteed 2023 to be Percy Jackson’s year. Old and new fans alike will have so much to celebrate.
Now, Riordan also offered some key details about the upcoming novel. He stated that:
“The novel unfolds during Percy’s senior year at Alternative High School in New York — after the action of The Heroes of Olympus, but before The Trials of Apollo. This time around, Percy is not worried about saving the world. He has a much harder quest: getting into college. New Rome University requires recommendation letters from three gods, which means . . . yep, you guessed it. Percy has to run quests to get the letters.”
He adds that the first quest will set the entire story in motion. Percy must find the chalice belonging to the cupbearer of the gods, Ganymede. The chalice, which offers anyone who drinks from it immortality, is a hot commodity. Bigger stakes call for a bigger team. And so the story sees Percy reteam with Annabeth and Grover. But where else might this adventure take them? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Now, production on Disney’s live-action Percy Jackson is also underway. James Bobin is attached to direct. Jonathan E. Steinberg and Dan Shotz will both as the showrunners of the series. Additionally, Daphne Olive, Monica Owusu-Breen, and Joe Tracz will serve as writers, and Xavier Stiles, Zoë Neary, and Stewart Strandberg as writer assistants. Book series author Riordan is heavily involved on the project and sheparding it with Steinberg.
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