At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?
They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.
Oh goodness so much happened in this book I don’t even know where to start. The plot was so intricated, the two groups had to face so many difficulties but it was all connected to reach the same goal.
Akhlys lunged at Percy, and for a split second he thought: Well, hey, I’m just smoke. She can’t touch me, right?
He imagined the Fates up in Olympus, laughing at his wishful thinking: LOL, NOOB!
All the characters also had to somehow face their fears, and find and accept themselves. They all grew so much. The characters development was truly amazing.
Annabeth pressed her lips to Percy’s ear. “I love you.” She wasn’t sure he could hear her—but if they died, she wanted those to be her last words.
Percy and Annabeth had to go through Tartarus, and it was so sad and emotional, but when they’re together nothing can stop them. I also loved Bob and Damasen, I cried.
“You’re that lady,” Leo said. “The one who was named after Caribbean music.” Her eyes glinted murderously. “Caribbean music.” “Yeah. Reggae?” Leo shook his head. “Merengue? Hold on, I’ll get it.” He snapped his fingers. “Calypso!”
Leo went through some emotional stuff too and I adored it! I can’t wait to see how things will develop in BoO.
“Nico, I’ve seen a lot of brave things. But what you just did? That was maybe the bravest.”
I loved that I finally got to know more about Nico and I’m dying to read more about him! And I can’t wait to have Reyna join the group!
Thunder boomed overhead. Lightning flashed, and the bars on the nearest window burst into sizzling, melted stubs of iron. Jason flew in like Peter Pan, electricity sparking around him and his gold sword steaming. Leo whistled appreciatively. “Man, you just wasted an awesome entrance.” Jason frowned. He noticed the hog-tied Kerkopes. “What the—” “All by myself,” Leo said. “I’m special that way.”
As always the sadness and deepness of most scenes were leved with humor. Now it’s time for the final battle.