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.
I don’t even know how to praise these books anymore to be honest.
“Jeez, Hazel,” Percy said, “tell your horse to watch his language.” Hazel tried not to laugh. “What did he say?” “With the cussing removed? He said he can get us to the top.” Frank looked incredulous. “I thought the horse couldn’t fly!” This time Arion whinnied so angrily, even Hazel could guess he was cursing. “Dude,” Percy told the horse, “I’ve gotten suspended for saying less than that…”
First of all: PERCY JACKSON! Percy’s povs are my favorite (sorry everyone else I love you, but Percy is Percy) I missed his sarcasm, his wittiness, his impertinence with the gods, especially Ares, those two together are way too funny. Percy thought about Annabeth constantly, it was so freaking cute.
Annabeth’s face, her blond hair and gray eyes, the way she laughed, threw her arms around him, and gave him a kiss whenever he did something stupid. She must have kissed me a lot, Percy thought.
The roman demigods and their way of living was so interesting to read about, I loved seeing the differences between them and the greek demigos, as much as the differences between the gods!
“Reyna sent me to get Percy,” Frank said. “Did Octavian accept you?”
“Yeah,” Percy said. “He slaughtered my panda.”
Then there are the new characters! Frank and Hazel! Just amazing. Frank made me sob a few times honestly, and I loved the way he grew in confidence thanks to Percy and Hazel, his story was truly beautiful. Please Rick, don’t kill him. Hazel freaked me out so much, in a good way. Finding out about her past, with everything she went through was heartbreaking (and her connection with Nico! someone needs to save him asap please!). I love her, so I hope she’ll get her happy ending.
He passed Mrs. O’Leary, who looked up curiously with a gorgon wriggling in her mouth. “I’m fine!” Percy yelled as he ran by, followed by a giant screaming bloody murder.
Now, The Mark of Athena kind of scares me to death… but I can’t wait to have all these characters fighting, and generally being sassy, together!