It's called the ren ,' Sadie explained. ‘Everyone has one, even if you don't know it. The ren is … well, the definition of who you are. Once I shared it, Annabeth had access to my experiences, my abilities, all my general amazingness.

My throat felt like I'd swallowed a live rodent with lots of claws.

Percy grunted. Believe me, some days I regret the choice. Oh, you want to turn down our offer? Okay, fine! ZAP! Lose your memory! Go to Tartarus!

A picture-perfect moment, except for the fact that we were about to die and the world was going to end.

Seriously, who has monogrammed pajamas?

I remembered the last thing my mom ever told me. I'd been reluctant to use the fire escape, reluctant to leave her, but she'd gripped my arms and made me look at her. Magnus, run. Hide. Don't trust anyone. I'll find you. Whatever you do, don't go to Randolph for help.

I wasn't normally shy, but the way they stared at me made me uncomfortable. I felt like they were expecting me to do a flip or something.

Self-pity isn't helpful, kid. It isn't worthy of you.

Across the room, Jason soared into the air and lopped the goddess's head off. Sadly, the head flew right back into place. Unacceptable, Hygeia said calmly. Decapitation is not a healthy lifestyle choice.

After seeing Dr Thorn turn into a monster and plummet off the edge of a cliff with Annabeth, you'd think nothing else could shock me. But when this twelve-year-old girl told me she was the goddess Artemis, I said something really intelligent like, ‘Um… okay.

Time for the last stupid deed! Are you excited? Hercules was. He was ready to be done with this nonsense. So was the poor schmuck who was writing it all down. Oh, wait…that's me.

A wind that blows aimlessly is no good to anyone.

She looked a lot better. In fact, she shimmered with health, as if someone had injected her with glitter.

Life is only precious because it ends, take it from a god. You mortals don't know how lucky you are.

No man may be completely invulnerable.

I guessed his name was Face of Horror. I wondered how long it had taken his mom to think of that. Bob? No. Sam? No. How about Face of Horror?

I don't think I would ever inch my way up to Y.A. That audience is very well served. There are a lot of wonderful writers writing for Y.A. I feel like I'm in the right place.

Dwarves sat on stoops, clapping and cheering as we ran by. A few of them recorded videos of us on uniquely crafted smartphones. I figured our attempted getaway would go viral on the Dwarven Internet, famous among Internets.

Whatever she was going to say, her voice broke. She put her head down again and sobbed miserably. I wanted to comfort her, but I didn’t know how. I still felt stunned, like Kronos’s time-slow effect had affected my brain. I just couldn’t comprehend what I’d seen. Kronos was alive. He was armed. And the end of the world was probably close at hand.

Leo took out a pen and autographed the arm of one of the nymphs. Narcissus is a loser! He's so weak, he can't bench-press a Kleenex. He's so lame, when you look up lame on Wikipedia, it's got a picture of Narcissus—only the picture's so ugly, no one ever checks it out.

He was a good leader.

A thousand curses on Nobody!

Caesar broke the law when he crossed the Rubicon," Frank said. "Great leaders have to think out side the box sometimes.

I wouldn't say love always makes you happy, sometimes it makes you incredibly sad.

Zeus, the Lord of the Gods, wore a dark blue pinstriped suit.

So I did what I do best. I stared at her blankly and acted dumb.

Sugar and caffeine. My willpower crumbled.

Sam judo-flipped him over her knee.

There's my baby! I cried, quite carried away. There's my Poochiekins!

I created hyacinths, so I'm supposed to know how to plant and water them?

I'm a teacher still, but with a much larger classroom.

And if I was humming "Happy Birthday" and smiling stupidly as I fled for my life—well, that was nobody's business, was it?

HAZEL WAS AN EXPERT ON WEIRD. She'd seen her mother possessed by an earth goddess. She'd created a giant out of gold. She'd destroyed an island, died, and come back from the Underworld. But getting kidnapped by a field of grass? That was new.

A ruby-encrusted orb popped its top and helicopter blades unfolded. Leo was glad Buford the table wasn't here-he would've fallen in love.

His white admiral's jacket gleamed with medals, nut Loki wasn't exactly wearing it regulation-style. It was open over a black T-shirt featuring Jack Nicholson's face from The Shinnig. The caption read: HEEEERE'S LOKI!

It is true that I once refused to eat haggis in Scotland and this did not sit well with the local population.

Finally he swept his hand toward the remaining enemies, and they shrank to the size of dolls.

Six minus six is zero. Spears are good for subtraction Ella said.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow, There's Some Messed-Up Stuff Going On.

People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.

We won't dwell on your choices. You came back. That is what matters.

So what if they were in Tartarus? So what if they stood a slim chance of surviving? He was so glad that they were together, he had the ridiculous urge to smile.

I don't belong here, I said. I don't even believe in gods.

Nothing is unfixable, except the fact that you're gone.

Grover opened his mouth, and the most horrible sound I'd ever heard came out. It was like a brass trumpet magnified a thousand times—the sound of pure fear.

They crashed into Brooke's stream at the bottom, helped each other up, and stumbled deeper into the woods. Behind them, Leo heard the Maenads laughing and shouting, urging Leo to come back so they could rip him to shreds. For some reason, Leo wasn't tempted.

Death is sometimes kinder than Love.

A man of honor never surrenders his ukulele.

He charged in, raising his ax above his head, and the boar rammed his tusk straight into Ankaios's crotch. Ankaios died, and he was remembered forever after as the Crotchless Wonder.