Study Guide

The Blood of Olympus Chapter LIII

By Rick Riordan

Chapter LIII


  • Meanwhile, Nico and Will have pursued Octavian, who is fiddling with one of the onagers.
  • Octavian plans on shooting down Gaea with the machine…but he doesn't realize that his own robes are tangled up in the contraption.
  • Uh oh.
  • Nico remembers what Hades told him: "some deaths cannot be prevented" (53.39).
  • When Will tries to stop Octavian from firing, Nico tells him that they can't stop him.
  • Octavian cuts the wire to release the device, and—swoosh—off he goes, exploding in a dome of fire.