This week Brayden and Niamh are joined by Darien Smartt from the Muses of Mythology, Entering Storybrooke, and Thats the Sitch podcasts. They look further into how Rick Riordan reworks the myths of Apollo into a redemption arch, the way Rhea is canonized, and what it means to develop relationships along side your positionality. Together the team analyzes Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle, Chapters 25 – 28 through the theme of Revelation.

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Chapter Summary:

Rachel Elizabeth Dare, Apollo’s priestess and the Oracle of Delphi, flies into the camp using her dad’s helicopter. She agrees with Apollo’s suspicions that Triumvirate Holdings is behind the attempt to control the Oracles, and that she thinks the missing campers are being led to the Grove of Dodona. Apollo and Meg enter the woods in search of the grove. A geyser spirit or palikos directs them to the gateway to the grove while advertising the woods to the pair. Apollo and Meg are attacked by the ants or myrmeke. Apollo distracts the ants by playing the ukulele, breaking his oath to the River Styx. In the process, another set of ants carry off Meg to their lair.

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Return to Camp Half-Blood is an independent podcast by Brayden Stallman, Niamh Sherlock, and Ava Pirie. Each week these friends from college dive deep into the books of the Percy Jackson universe by Rick Riordan, starting with Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Heroes of Olympus, and now Trials of Apollo. While analyzing each set of chapters, the trio takes an english class approach while diving into how this effects their lives, relates to pop culture, and means about its relationship to literature and the Greek classics. Find out more about this podcast at

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