(art by viria)
Leo is, undeniably, one of the most lovable of the Seven. He’s easy to relate to. Not necessarily the burning-my-mother-accidentally-to-death part or the master builder thing; but that whole outcast, sarcastic vibe he’s got is very close to home for most everyone.
He’s definitely a fan favorite. Personally, I think he’s a marvelous character. He’s got so much dimension and each time you think you know him, another ‘layer’ is unpeeled.
As the Seven go into their final battle, they’ve all got their different motives. For instance; Percy and Annabeth’s are probably just to survive so they can move on with their lives. Piper, Jason,and Frank probably want to bridge the gap between the two camps, as well as live in peace. But for Hazel, and particularly Leo, the reason is a bit more personal.
Gaea singled Leo out, and tried to destroy him. Because she knew no matter how ‘left out’ he felt, Leo was absolutely crucial to the cohesion of the Seven. She set out to break him. She caused the death of his mother in an especially awful way, and he’s had to live with the consequences every day.
I’m really looking forward to seeing how Leo deals with his past in The Blood of Olympus.