Episode #30 – Palace Full of Brownies

Welcome to Prophecy Radio, a Percy Jackson podcast dedicated to all of Rick Riordan’s past, present, and future projects! Co-hosts Karen Rought and Kristen Kranz discuss the latest news in the Percy Jackson/Rick Riordan Presents fandom, then do a deep dive on the god of war himself, Ares (plus fancast him for Percy Jackson and the Olympians), as well as read Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse chapters 17 and 18. New episodes of Prophecy Radio air weekly, and all ages are welcome to tune in.

News and Updates (00:01:47)

Deep Dive: Ares (00:17:29)

  • Ares was a fun god to do, especially after the craziness that was Zeus.
  • What does Ares look like according to Greek mythology?
  • Why does Ares have so many sacred animals?
  • We debate poisonous versus venomous.
  • We also learn the differences between Ares and Athena, as deities of war.
  • Ares is so much more than just the god of war.
  • Is Ares a coward?
  • Ares’ fortress in Thrace sounds kind of awesome, to be honest.
  • What would YOU be the god of?
  • You won’t be too surprised when you learn who worshiped Ares.
  • We don’t want to know how Ares wound up with dragon sons.
  • Now we know who to blame for those skeleton warriors, and it isn’t Ares!!
  • It should come as no surprise that Ares was put on trial for murder.
  • What is Ares like in the Percy Jackson books?
  • It’s always interesting how we envision characters in a book differently than they’re described.
  • A baseball bat is the perfect weapon for his spear to turn into.
  • Wait, how big is his motorcycle!?
  • Never forget the seat made of Caucasian human skin.
  • Ares is definitely an iconic character.
  • Karen’s first pick would be perfect based on looks alone, but he’s a little too old.
  • Meanwhile, Kristen’s least likely pick would be awesome but he doesn’t usually play outright villains.
  • Karen’s next pick is a Sons of Anarchy alum, but maybe not the one you’re thinking.
  • Kristen’s next choice is definitely a pretty boy, but she’s very certain he could pull off being Ares.
  • The first person Karen thought of is someone we all know, and he’s played good guys and bad guys alike.
  • We take a break and play a little bit of word association.
  • Kristen’s next pick is used to playing big, intimidating characters.
  • Karen’s top choice will come as no surprise to anyone who knows her.
  • Kristen’s final choice has played an extremely evil character in the past.
  • We had a listener write in with her own pick for Ares!
  • Never Doubt Rick Riordan.

Chapter Reviews (01:03:52)

  • We’re getting close to the end of the book!
  • Starting off, let’s get into Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse chapter 17.
  • Thalia seems a lot more herself in this chapter.
  • “The sky still yearns to embrace the earth.”
  • We discuss the importance of that grey streak in Annabeth’s hair.
  • Why did Percy’s sword fail him?
  • Percy is so brave! He’s such a fantastic character.
  • Thank goodness for Mr. Chase.
  • Thalia versus Luke was a pretty awesome scene.
  • How would we have felt if Luke had died at the end of this chapter?
  • Is that REALLY where the story of Santa Clause came from?
  • It’s so amazing to see how far Percy has come with Thalia and Zoë.
  • Now it’s time for Titan’s Curse chapter 18.
  • This one was pretty rough.
  • But once again we have to shout-out Mr. Chase trying his best.
  • How does one monster-proof a house? Asking for a friend.
  • Annabeth ran away for the first time when she was seven. Is her dad really the same person he was back then?
  • The fact that their relationship is messy is actually quite realistic, and it’s good for kids to see in media.
  • Zoë’s death scene was brutal.
  • How long did she know she was the one from the prophecy?
  • We get to meet some new pegasi.
  • Annabeth and Percy should’ve hugged!!
  • So, Luke is totally not dead. What now!?
  • And why was Annabeth so certain about that?
  • Would Percy have felt Luke deserved to die if he hadn’t just lost Bianca and Zoë?
  • Karen’s up to her usual terrible jokes.

Feedback (01:45:40)

  • Jessica asks us how long Annabeth held up the sky, and we try our best to figure it out.

Thanks for listening, and tune in next time for episode 31, where we’ll do a deep dive on the god Hades and discuss our fancasting for Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

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

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