Zeus's Master Bolt Found

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Bravery and Perseverance are the keys to success

"She's not gone I told myself...She's in the Underworld. And if that's a real place, then someday..."


In the beginning of the story, Percy loses his mother to the Minotaur. Later on he finds out that his mother is still alive. The quote shows that Percy stays positive and is determined to find her one day




"Why cant you just tell me (Percy) where the bolt is beforehand"

"Because, if I (Chiron) did, you would be too afraid to accept the challenge"

"Good reason"


This quote shows how strongly determined Percy is to get the bolt back to Zeus. Along the way, Percy and his crew encounter obstacles such as Medusa, Furies, and The Lotus Eater Trap. However none of this prevents them from reaching their ultimate destination. Also, even though they knew beforehand that their voyage would be gruesome they still knew they had to stand up and do it for the Gods.


A group of three goes on a life-threatening journey to retrieve Zeus's Master bolt, a weapon that if in the wrong hands, could cause to end of the world.

Zeus's lightning bolt has gone missing, and Percy Jackson is the prime suspect! Percy has just found out that he is the son of Poseidon, the sea god. If the bolt is not returned back to Zeus by the summer solstice, war will break. Percy, along with his best friend Grover, and camp member/daughter of Athena, Annabeth, Along the way they encounter monsters and myths of all kinds. During their journey, they meet Ares, god of war, who gives them a backpack and other items for their long voyage. Once they reach the underworld, the lightning bolt appears in the backpack given by Ares. After battling Hades, god of the underworld, the gang travels to Mount Olympus where the bolt is returned at last. Also, Percy has some time to talk to his father before leaving. Once they return, it is revealed that Luke Castilian, counselor at Camp Half-Blood, stole the bolt and gave it to Ares in order to frame Percy. The story ends with Percy returning to his mother's apartment and living with her for the summer.

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestselling Percy Jackson Series, as well as the #1 New York Times Bestselling Heroes of Olympus and Kane Chronicle series. The Lightning Thief has won the 2008 Mark Twain Award as well as the Rebecca Caudill Award in 2009. Riordan was raised in San Antonio, Texas which is also where he currently resides today with his wife and two sons.