From John Rocco’s blog:
The cover for House of Hades, fourth installment of the Bestselling series, Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan has finally been revealed. Rick and I had a long discussion about this one, and when he sent me the manuscript I knew this cover would have to be the “Percabeth” cover. I can’t say much more about it, as you have to read it yourself, but please enjoy some art in the meantime. Below is the full cover that will wrap around the jacket, and also you can see the interior painting for a very special edition of the House of Hades that will be released sometime in October as well.
Awesome. Love seeing the full image used on the cover, and a very cool surprise to get to see that Special Edition interior painting early, too!
Also ends any speculation over exactly who is on the cover, as if there was any real doubt, and we now know for sure John actually gets to read the book himself (or part of it, at least) before deciding what image to choose for the cover. Not only talented, but super lucky! hah
well. nice brick you have there, Jason. and nice turtle, too.
I’m currently taking bets about what the monster is. I have ten bucks on it being the Trojan Sea monster since Jason already met it. Notice how the turtle thing just screwed up all of their oars- which means that Leo’s going to have a heart attack. Also we see Frank baby and one of the girls (I think it’s Piper) on the deck. Where are the others. I know not.
Okay, so as soon as I saw this post, I looked up “mythology turtle like monster” on google. I was surprised to find two things that contained the turtle as seen on the special edition cover.
On this website, near the bottom, it gives a description to the vaguely named TURTLE, GIANT.
It reads as follows: A giant turtle preyed on the men cast into the sea by the bandit Sciron.
So, who was this Sciron guy? On Wikipedia, he is known as a sort of son of Poseidon/Pelops who was a smuggler. He would cast the robbed people into the mouth of this turtle. Is this the correct speculation for HoH? I don’t know. Moving on.
This website, described our unnamed turtle as “a sea monster, much like a whale, but having a turtle-shell and a snake-like head. Cf. Leviathan. In various translations rendered Centhegrade Cetus, a grande, and even a “sea pig” by one homilist.” The pictures of it shown on the Google images were not like the above one, though.