Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Mark Of Athena - Rick Riordan

So the epic adventure continues...and even more perils lay ahead. Being a demi god is actually not so awesome...

Annabeth is terrified. Just when she's about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo's fantastical creation doesn't appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.
And that's only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close—the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?
Annabeth's biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he's now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader,  never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side. Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare....

Weird format from the previous post I know, but my laptop is crapping out on me so this is being typed from my phone. Yeah....anyway.....

This tale is is told from a multiple point of view, but I feel that this book is an  Annabeth-centric tale. We do see this epic quest from the point of view of Piper, Leo, and Percy as well, but I don't know. There is something more appealing about Annabeth's stoey. It heartbreaking to he honest. First she's living in a nightmare worried crazy over Percy's disappearance (revist book one and two for more back story). Then she encounter with her mother Athena, who is in a struggle with her Roman persona Minerva, the bitterness of Athena and the dangerous task of find the Athena Parthenous. All of this before the Argo II is completed and the true quest begins. For the first time we see past the confident exterior of a bold and courageous leader and friend. We see Annabeth struggle with insecurities. We always knew they were there, however, it is a new experience to hear it from the character herself.

Rick Riordan's writing is flawless, like it always is, and the storytelling is wonderfully crafted. There is not a dull moment as it is action pack and full of feels. Oh Lordy. So much FEELS! I love it when a book makes me all weepy at the end.

I know this is a short review, and it really doesn't doo this book justice. However, I was looking through blogger and felt kinda crappy that this particular review has been kind of sitting....waiting to be finished. Yeah.

Anyway, read the series, its amazing. Its a fun time to escape the reality and lose yourself in a world of demigods and monsters hell bent on destroying the world. That sounds like an awesome time!

Thanks for reading and remember to always be a pirate given the opportunity!

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