|Publisher||Disney Hyperion and Puffin Books|
|March 31, 2015|
|Media type||E-book, audio book, paperback|
|Preceded by||The Staff of Serapis|
|Followed by||The Hidden Oracle|
The Crown of Ptolemy is the third and last book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Kane Chronicles crossover series. It was released in the back of the paperback version of The House of Hades on March 31, 2015, and later as an ebook and audiobook. The ebook edition was released May 12, 2015.
On January 15, 2015, Rick Riordan announced a third crossover story titled The Crown of Ptolemy on his Twitter account. His announcement included the fact that the short story would be first published in the paperback version of The House of Hades on March 31, 2015, along with a short story titled Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades, which had previously appeared in The Demigod Files. On March 3, 2015, he previewed the cover on Hypable, along with the information that the story would be for Percy Jackson's point of view. On April 27, he announced that the story would be released again on May 12 as an ebook or audiobook and would contain the first chapter of The Sword of Summer.
On October 5, 2015, during his book tour for The Sword of Summer, Rick Riordan announced a compilation of all the crossover stories titled Demigods and Magicians, released on April 5, 2016.
Annabeth Chase dreams of her mother, Athena, telling her that there is trouble brewing. Annabeth and Percy Jackson take a ferry to Governors Island in New York Harbor. When they become trapped on the island by Setne (who is attempting to become a god using spells in the Book of Thoth), they try to contact Carter and Sadie Kane but fail. Annabeth and Percy decide to face Setne alone, but are immobilized by the magician. Setne summons the goddess Wadjet in order to consume her essence and take the Crown of Lower Egypt from her, becoming master of essentially one-half the Egyptian world. Setne then disappears.
The Kanes finally arrive and help the demigods track down Setne. Carter and Annabeth decide that they need to combine attacks to defeat him. Since Percy's sword has been absorbed by Setne, Carter gives Percy his wand, which turns into a kopis. Sadie and Annabeth teach each other a little magic, and Annabeth loans Carter her invisibility cap. When the quartet relocate Setne, he is trying to summon the goddess Nekhbet, guardian of the crown of Upper Egypt. Even with Nekhbet's help, they are unable to stop Setne from taking Nekhbet's crown, so the group retreats. Nekhbet insists that Setne must not be allowed to make himself a god and the four teens join forces with her.
After a brief discussion, Percy reluctantly agrees to let Nekhbet use him as a host in a last ditch attempt to defeat Setne. They attack Setne for the third time, playing to each other's strengths and Setne's vanity to keep the magician distracted. Carter casts a spell on Setne to trap him in a snow globe, and Nekhbet takes back her crown. Percy retrieves his sword, and Annabeth tells Sadie that she has begun to forget all the Egyptian magic she learned. Percy and Annabeth decide to not tell Camp Half-Blood about their adventure, fearing the consequences of mixing Greek and Egyptian magic, although the four do decide to keep in touch. The Kanes and Greek demigods then go their separate ways.
Hypable highly praised the short story, writing "While previous installations, like “The Son of Sobek” and “The Staff of Serapis,” have given us one small pairing at a time, “The Crown of Ptolemy” unites all four of our heroes, and it's brilliant. Sadie and Percy bond over their shared impatience, while Carter and Annabeth practically roll their eyes in synchronization. It's nice to see such a myriad of heroes joining together with little resistance, more than happy to work in conjunction in order to defeat the bad guy."
After the release of The Crown of Ptolemy, the Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicles crossover series was on the New York Times Best Seller List for the weeks of May 31 and June 7, 2015. The Crown of Ptolemy itself was on the bestseller lists for USA Today (general list).