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PJO/HoO: The Belly of the Beast, Chapter Eight: I Blow Myself (and Reyna) Away - The Phantom Librarian
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PJO/HoO: The Belly of the Beast, Chapter Eight: I Blow Myself (and Reyna) Away
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shiiki From: shiiki Date: October 12th, 2016 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aeolus! I guess this is where they first met, as referenced in TLH (I think? I'm a little fuzzy on the plot in that one. The thing about the books in this series, they're so fast-paced and adventure-filled that I tend to forget which adventures were in which book precisely!)

I really love your dialogue, especially that little banter among them about not being able to take Reyna back because of how matter-of-fact and practical she is. I'm now wondering how much Camp Jupiter changed her once she got there, and conversely, whether she changed it, too, when she rose to Praetor.

You've also brought up an interesting point about Neptune not liking Jason. A lot is made of Percy not being able to fly because of Zeus not abiding a son of Poseidon in his realm (I assume he's okay with sons and daughters of the other gods flying though? Well, maybe Nico would have the same restrictions--that was never really covered, and by the time we got to the Argo, I suppose the gods were too busy/schizo to care about who was flying/sailing. Or maybe they'd made their peace with it since the Titan War.) Anyway, I never really considered before this if it worked in reverse, since Percy did make it to the Underworld several times, so presumably Hades wasn't as strict? And there's no real mention anywhere about kids of Zeus not being welcome at sea, although to be fair none of the adventures involving Thalia took place on water (unless you count the river and Hoover Dam). So I wonder if it would be a thing (it certainly would be fair that way) or if Poseidon's just more laid back. If the sea god did have anything against his brother's children, it would definitely be in his Roman aspect, I imagine. Especially with the Romans not liking Neptune very much!

ETA: I would never guess you were challenged by action scenes, because they certainly come across very vivid and well-written!

Edited at 2016-10-12 07:45 pm (UTC)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 16th, 2016 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Action scenes are always going to be a challenge for me -- much harder than futzing around with introspection -- but I practice them a lot, so it's more gratifying to get them right. :D

It's referenced in TLH. They go up there after Thalia saves them from the werewolves. Aeolus gives Leo the picture of the Argo II.

I think that Reyna, like Hylla, adapts to her surroundings pretty well. And of course, by the time we meet her, she's been the sole praetor of the legion for months, fighting off a coup attempt by Octavian, so that may well play into the coolness everyone senses.

I was thinking of the restrictions on Zeus's territory for Percy, but Poseidon, as I think of it, is not quite as petty, at least in the incarnations we see (though he's pretty changeable, and Odysseus might have a different notion of how chill he is). But there's something else going on as well.
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