The Mark of Athena — Rick Riordan
Oh, you ask about my life? It’s all way down there… down into Tartarus. Gone with Percy and Annabeth. Neither ice creams and ice cream cakes nor frozen yogurts can take that back. *sobs*
Seriously, Rick Riordan? How could you possibly torture these rabid fans that have been perpetually waiting for an unendurable year?
Guys, I apologize for the outburst. LOL.
This has got to be the most intense read from the Heroes of Olympus yet. It deserves five stars in every single way. The plot picks up right away where The Son of Neptune ended—Argo II descending towards New Rome. Our heroes of the prophecy have been finally reunited and are ready for the dangerous quest that awaits them. Gaea is waking and needs to be stopped. The giants are entitled to kill the gods. And the Doors of Death needs to be sealed.
But as soon as the Greeks had finally convinced the Romans that they were on the same side—comes an impetuous situation that will turn the tide.
POVs. Before the book even came out, I am fully convinced that the plot would be intermittently narrated by our seven heroes, which apparently took place—though I noticed that only the Greeks did. Riordan is totally biased, haha.
Relationships. Everybody sure is waiting for some Percabeth reunion! “Percy threw his arms around her. They kissed and for a moment nothing else mattered. An asteroid could have hit the planet and wiped out all life, and Annabeth wouldn’t have cared.” Percabeth fans will be exhilarated as plenty of Percy/Annabeth moments were thrown ubiquitously throughout the whole book. Meanwhile, there were love-triangles involved, too: the Leo/Frank/Hazel and Jason/Piper/Reyna thing. I love the competition between Leo and Frank over Hazel. Those moments were extremely enjoyable and totally comical.
Mark of Athena. The title unequivocally suggests that Annabeth would be the heart of this book. And yes, Annabeth did prove once and for all that she was worthy of that. Her wisdom and adroitness made it possible for her to retrieve the missing Athenian statue. It has been astray for ages and countless children of Athena have been searching for it ever since. It has been the reason for the strife between the two camps and definitely the solitary solution for the aforementioned strife. I bet Annabeth could kick the butts of our four boys without trouble. Ha!
Percy vs. Jason. Honestly, though Jason’s a son of Zeus, I didn’t develop any liking towards him. I actually hate Piper for saying that Jason is better than Percy and everyone else. Oh, really? Nico himself even said that Percy is the strongest demigod he has ever known, “Percy is the most powerful demigod I’ve ever met. No offense to you guys, but it’s true. If anybody can survive, he will, especially if he’s got Annabeth at his side. They’re going to find a way through Tartarus.” See? I just hate it when someone’s being compared to Percy. Perhaps I’m biased?
Team Leo. What with all his funny antics and knack for anything mechanical, who wouldn’t fall in love with this guy? This guy’s one of my all-time-favorite characters from Rick Riordan, aside from Percy, Annabeth, and Nico. Without him, the story would be dull and pointless. “I’m Leo, bad boy supreme. And ladies love a bad boy.” Here’s more to Leo awesomeness. “Scrawny? Baby, I invented scrawny. Scrawny is the new sizzling hot. And I got the scrawny.” Beat that? And hey, I also love Coach Hedge!
Ending. Major cliffhanger! This is unacceptable Rick Riordan, why would you do that?
House of Hades. Excited! I am totally going bonkers until fall 2013.
All in all, this book impressed me. A great deal of action and humor, fresh characters, daring feats, unsightly monsters, John Green, and excessive Diet Coke (If you’ve already read this, you’d know what I mean)—interwoven together for that fantastic read.