Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.
The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it “might” be able to stop a war between the two camps.
The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.
Where do I even start? I’ve been reading these books for a month and I honestly don’t know what to do with my life now. I feel like I went through this incredible journey with all the characters.
“What if we promoted, like, Adidas shoes?” Percy wondered. “Would that make Nike mad enough to show up?” Leo smiled nervously. Maybe he and Percy did share something else – a stupid sense of humor. “Yeah, I bet that would totally be against her sponsorship deal. THOSE ARE NOT THE OFFICIAL SHOES OF THE OLYMPICS! YOU WILL DIE NOW!”
Percy and Annabeth started out as two little kids, and after all they’ve been through, and after growing up so much, seeing them finally getting that happy ending they dreamed so much about was so emotional, and I couldn’t be happier for them. I’m a little sad there weren’t Percy’s chapters in this book, but it worked out perfectly anyway, and he was always there to share his sassiness with the world.
“Atlantis?” Jason asked. “That’s a myth,” Percy said. “Uh…don’t we deal in myths?” “No, I mean it’s a MADE-UP myth. Not like, an actual true myth.” “So this is why Annabeth is the brains of the operation, huh?”
I got so attached to the new characters, I’m so glad everyone got the closure they deserved, even one minor character whom I loved so much (Leo, thank you).
Leo’s voice boomed over the loudspeaker: “SURRENDER! YOU ARE SURROUNDED BY ONE SPANKING HOT WAR MACHINE!” The giant Enceladus howled in outrage. “Valdez!” “WHAT’S UP, ENCHILADAS?” Leo’s voice roared back. “NICE DAGGER IN YOUR FOREHEAD.”
“GAH!” The giant pulled Katoptris out of his head. “Monsters: destroy that ship!”
I really enjoyed Reyna’s pov and I’d love to see more of her in the near future. Nico di Angelo, that little puppy, finally took his head out of that brooding cloud of his (thank you, Will), I loved his chapters, I loved his character development, and I loved that despite his dark powers he’s a cute little puppy.
“We had one home,” she said. “Now we have two.” She gave Nico a big hug and the crowd roared with approval. For once, Nico didn’t feel like pulling away. He buried his face in Reyna’s shoulder and blinked the tears out of his eyes.”
The writing style got better with every book, and it was really flawless in the last few books.
“So this is where the rivalry started,” Percy said. “Yeah.” Percy pulled Annabeth close and kissed her.[…] When Percy pulled away, Annabeth looked like a fish gasping for air. “The rivalry ends here,” Percy said. “I love you, Wise Girl.”
I’m really going to miss these characters, they stole my heart.