Episode #103 – It’s Giving Greek

Prophecy Radio episode #103 discusses the Chalice of the Gods book tour stop in Chicago, and brings you an exclusive interview with Rick Riordan himself. We also break down the latest Riordanverse news, including updates on Survivor season 45, the SAG-AFTRA strike, upcoming Rick Riordan Presents books, and more. Oh, and we also discuss Chalice of the Gods chapters 4 and 5. It’s a packed episode that you don’t want to miss! New episodes of Prophecy Radio air weekly, and we keep our discussions PG-13.

News and Updates (00:01:45)

  • There’s a lot of birthdays to celebrate this week!
  • Fox Snare by Yoon Ha Lee releases on October 17.
  • Read Riordan wants you to meet Sparkstriker, from Dawn of the Jaguar by J.C. Cervantes, out on October 10.
  • Sarwat Chadda just got a deal for a new middle grade fantasy series from Simon & Schuster, according to Publishers Weekly.
  • We are already obsessed, and we can’t wait to check it out in 2025!
  • Read Riordan also wants you to meet Elisson from Chalice of the Gods.
  • Percy Jackson has been on the NYT bestsellers list for approximately eight thousand years.
  • Welcome back to yet another installment of Kristen’s Korner!
  • We give you a little update on J. Maya’s progress on Survivor season 45.
  • We’re so happy she ended up as a GIF.
  • Could she make it to the merge!? Only time will tell!
  • Did you see that Dylan O’Brien and Logan Lerman were striking together the other day?
  • According to SAG-AFTRA, negotiations are ongoing.
  • Hopefully we’ll have good news next week!

Chalice of the Gods book tour—Chicago (00:17:39)

  • Karen provides all the details from the Chalice of the Gods book tour stop in Chicago.
  • When you see orange t-shirts, you know you’ve found your people.
  • The WILDEST coincidence occurred while she was there.
  • Shoutout to our new best friend from Anderson’s Bookshop.
  • Oh, yeah, we totally have a giveaway in the works. Check our Twitter and Instagram for details!
  • Speaking of, Anderson’s sounds like an amazing place with an awesome history.
  • Apologies for the background noise!!
  • Karen got to meet Daniel José Older and it went well even though she was super nervous!
  • Rick definitely gives teacher vibes.
  • One of the highlights of this tour stop was speaking to Stephanie Lurie, Rick’s editor!
  • Long live Rick Riordan Presents!
  • Have you seen the promotional video for Chalice of the Gods? If you find it, can you send it to us!?
  • We love how much Daniel and Rick were excited to be there in conversation with each other.
  • A lot of the presentation consisted of information we’ve already discussed.
  • Can you guess which of the Rick Riordan Presents titles the audience was more excited about?
  • Rick has already seen the cover for the third Serwa Boateng book!
  • It should come as no surprise that the audience went WILD when Rick starting talking about the show.
  • We’ll bring you more information from that section after the strike is over.
  • Stephanie Lurie makes an excellent Coach Hedge.
  • Congratulations to everyone who won a chalice!!!
  • Karen got to meet some listeners, and they were AWESOME!!
  • Hopefully Karen AND Kristen can go to the next book tour together.
  • We can’t wait for Wrath of the Triple Goddess!

Interview with Rick Riordan (00:41:15)

  • Check out our Rick Riordan interview discussing Chalice of the Gods!
  • How does Rick usually plot out his stories?
  • Was this one harder because it fits between two previous series?
  • When did he start working on Wrath of the Triple Goddess?
  • Has anything changed since the last time Rick wrote from Percy Jackson’s point of view?
  • Was writing this book different because it was a slice-of-life story?
  • You can definitely feel Mark Oshiro’s influence on this book!
  • The spoiler section starts at 49:06.
  • Did Rick ever consider someone else to be the bad guy in this story?
  • Are there any myths that Rick still hasn’t written about after all these years?
  • Everyone is a huge fan of Grover and Aryan Simhadri.
  • Rick gives us a little teaser for Wrath of the Triple Goddess!
  • Was it hard writing about Jason?
  • Will we ever get another standalone novel like The Sun and the Star?
  • When might we be getting some updates on all the projects he has going on?

Chalice of the Gods discussion (00:54:16)

  • First, let’s tackle Chalice of the Gods chapter 4!
  • Percy managed to make it through an entire day of school!
  • We loved the details about Percy trying not to look too weird during swim practice.
  • It’s not hard to figure out someone’s a god when they can freeze time.
  • There’s no way around this: Ganymede is hot.
  • Let’s take a trip to Himbo Juice!
  • It’s VERY important that we discuss everyone’s drink order.
  • There’s a very good reason why Ganymede doesn’t like eagles.
  • In case anyone doubted it, Annabeth and Grover still have Percy’s back.
  • The gig economy is rough on everyone—even gods.
  • Now it’s time to discuss Chalice of the Gods chapter 5.
  • Poor Ganymede is triggered.
  • It’s a VERY big deal that the chalice is missing.
  • But who could’ve stolen it? Ganymede has a lot of enemies.
  • Hera is mad that Ganymede has nicer legs than her.
  • But Hebe and Iris used to have the job he has now…
  • What kind of deadline are we working with?
  • Ganymede has a few restrictions for the trio…
  • Thank goodness Grover knows where to start!

Feedback (01:18:49)

  • Should this book have included all three quests, or do we like that we’re getting a new trilogy?
  • Rachel brings up a question about the timeline of this book and the events of The Last Olympian and Heroes of Olympus.

Thanks for listening, and tune in next time for episode 104, in which we’ll discuss Percy Jackson and the Chalice of the Gods chapters 6 through 8!

This episode’s hosts are: Karen Rought and Kristen Kranz.

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