Published by Disney-Hyperion on October 4th, 2011
Genre: Middle Grades Fantasy
Seven half-bloods shall answer the call, To storm or fire the world must fall. An oath to keep with a final breath, And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death. Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn't know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn't ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn't do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem — when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn't say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams. Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn't see it. He doesn't even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery — although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially infront of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely — enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart. Beginning at the "other" camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.
Percy is back and he brought along some amazing and awesome new friends! Honestly, I'm going to make this review short, mainly because I just want to begin Mark of Athena. Most of the things that I would normal touch on have already been stated in my previous reviews for any book by Rick. However, I think his character building skills has definitely reached an all-time high. Percy, Hazel, and Frank each receive four chapters in the rotation, instead of two like in The Lost Hero. I definitely feel like I understand Hazel and Frank more than Jason, Piper, and Leo because of the extended chapters. Not only are the character more complex and round, they are also more diverse. We need more diversity in modern-day literature. The world isn't just black and white. Rick doesn't just deal with Greek and Roman mythology, he also dabbles in Chinese mythology. But that could be a story for another time? I also love the fact that each character has their own outstanding trait that distinguishes them from others. The characters are alike in many ways, but their actions set them apart not only from their siblings but from each other.
A huge thanks to Kelly over at Belle of the Literati for hosting this challenge!
When I First Read: A few months after it was released.
What I Remember: Percy is back! Reyna. Octavian. Octavian murders Percy's panda (pillow). Nico returns!!! Sammy. Hazel's past. Frank's lifeline. Phineas. Ella the harpy. Hylla. The Amazons. Nico get’s captured. Frank’s family gift. The Argo II arrives.
Why I Wanted to Re-Read: Percy, duh.
How I Felt After Re-Reading: Wary because I how MoA is going to kill me, again.
Would I Re-Read Again? Yes!