Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Books
Published: October 2nd 2012
Genre: Fantasy/ Young Adult
Format: 586 pages
The prophecy of seven has begun.The 7 heroes (Jason, Piper, Leo, Persassy, Hazel, Frank, and Annabeth) have begun their journey on board the Argo II. Greek and Roman demigods must cooperate to destroy the giants and stop Gaea from awakening. After a failed attempt at making peace between the two camps, the seven heroes must sail to the ancient land —Greece— and find the Doors of Death. Annabeth has her own journey to make, following the Mark of Athena, and until this score is settled the two camps will never cooperate. The stolen object must be found to stop Camp Jupiter’s attack on Camp Half-Blood. The Argo II sails to Rome to battle the twin giants and save Nico di Angelo. Gaea seems to want to keep two of the seven demigods to spill their blood on the ancient land and start her awakening.
This is my favourite book in the series so far. It has all the properties of the perfect book! Rick has outdone himself on this book! The first chapter was from Annabeth’s point of view which was exciting, it’s the first time we see what goes on her head and her thoughts about Persassy. Naturally there’s another mysterious sinister prophecy. I found the tension between Leo,Hazel and Frank annoying at first then hilarious. The romance between Annabeth and Persassy was absolutely ADORABLE!! It’s hilarious how Coach Hedge accompanied the heroes on board the Argo II to chaperon , as if they weren’t demigods who were on a quest to save the world and all that. The demigods find it hard to trust each other and work together, each of them wants to do everything alone and that doesn’t seem to work for them. It was heartbreaking how Persassy develops a fear of drowning when he is a son of Poseidon. Leo with the help of Hazel discovers more about his past and how he and Hazel are connected. I found Piper’s part in this book very dull compared to everyone else’s, most of her thoughts were about her worries over her relationship with Jason. Leo never fails to make me laugh with his comments on every single situation. If he and Persassy had a contest on who’s sassier and funnier I’m not sure who’d win. Jason and Persassy learn a lot about teamwork and how they make an excellent team together. The gods are as usual secretive and useless in most occasions. I’m glad this book had different settings than the usual, it gave a bigger picture of the whole world. New monsters and gods are introduced in this book. During Annabeth’s solitary quest I couldn’t help but hold my breath and watch Annabeth tackle every single problem, she learned more about her powers being the daughter of wisdom. The ending made me want to high five and slap Rick simultaneously, because it was truly amazing but also made me want to cry in a dark corner forever. I can see Rick Riordan grinning evilly after finishing The Mark of Athena. I consider myself lucky not to be one of those poor unfortunate souls who had to wait for the House of Hades to be published.
My Favourite Quotes:
” I try not to think. It interferes with being nuts.” ~Leo Valdez
“The god’s chosen beverage. Tremble before the horror of Diet Coke!” ~Persassy Jackson
” Delaying death is one of my favourite hobbies.” ~Leo Valdez
“I’m the Super-sized McShizzle, man!” ~Leo Valdez
” Being a hero doesn’t mean you’re invincible. It just means that you’re brave enough to stand up and do what’s needed.” ~Piper Mclean
” Nothing like total failure to generate great ideas.” ~Persassy Jackson
” Many of the best traps are simple.” ~Annabeth Chase
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