Why, Rick Riordan, why do you do this to me? I thought I was prepared for the cliffhanger that was sure to come at the end of Mark of Athena, but I was not. Not at all. That man knows how to keep a reader hooked.
Some people may laugh at me for being obsessed with Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians, as well as the series connected to it, Heroes of Olympus, but those people clearly have never experienced how awesome the world of these books are. Ok, I admit, I am fairly predisposed to liking them due to my love of Greek and Roman mythology and YA fiction (I am aware that the earlier books from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians fit more into Children’s fiction, but I don’t care. Judge me.). I have been waiting for Mark of Athena to come out for almost a year now, and it was so worth it.
I will now summarize while attempting to not give too much away… Percy and his friends in New Rome have just defeated the anti-Poseidon giant when a massive flying ship appears in the sky (okay, yes, it sounds silly and childish, but it’s not. It’s awesome). On the ship are Jason and Annabeth (Percy and Annabeth back together! *fan girl scream*) and their friends from Camp Half-Blood. Both camps have received the Prophecy of Seven, but the Greeks must convince the super suspicious Romans that they come in peace before they can decide who is going to go on the quest. And then Leo fires on the Roman camp?! What?!
Side note: I just really want to know why YA and Children’s fiction writers (i.e. Rick Riordan and J.K. Rowling) seem to be so fascinated with giant spiders. Gross.
I, personally, think Rick Riordan is brilliant. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series has so much potential to be Harry Potter for a younger generation (if only they hadn’t destroyed the cinematic prospects of the series with an excessively terrible first movie), and Heroes of Olympus continues that grand tradition wonderfully. He created another world within our world that is just hidden behind the mist. For a young reader (and somewhat immature older readers, such as myself) it’s exciting to think that maybe the black bird flying above you is really Percy’s Pegasus, Blackjack.
Mark of Athena is the perfect continuation of the series. There’s just the right amount of danger, humor and adventure. My hat is off to you, Mr. Riordan. I loved it. I don’t have much to say, but that I loved it. And I can’t wait for the next one.
We’ll just have to see if Riordan has the balls to kill everyone off like J.K. did.