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Riordan’s Latest In Percy Jackson Series Pits Greeks, Romans Against The Earth Goddess

By Yvette Hong
Junior Reporter
SEOUL, South Korea – Calling all
Percy Jackson fans:
The New York Times bestselling author Rick Riordan, who
wrote the much-loved Percy Jackson &
The Olympians
series, finally released an addition to his latest series, The Heroes of Olympus.
Riordan’s latest Roman and Greek mythology-based book, The Mark of Athena, takes
the reader through an adventurous story about t
he teen demigods’ quest of sailing to Rome to
find the Doors of Death.

As they voyage through air
and sea, the quest involves Percy and his friends tirelessly deflecting the reigning
chaos of Gaea.
With close-knit friendships, Percy,
the son of Poseidon, overcomes obstacles from
angry nymphs, battle-hungry demigods, and even
a giant shrimp monster. Oh, and don’t forget a giant spider lady. There’s plenty
of sword fighting and enough superpowers to keep the reader turning the pages.

This latest addition to the series starts off where Riordan’s previous book, The Son of Neptune, left off. The demigods from Camp Half-Blood, Annabeth Chase, Jason Grace, Piper McLean, and Leo Valdez are on their way to Camp Jupiter
in their flying warship: The Argo II. Their mission is to attempt an improbable
alliance, joining the Roman and Greek demigods to fight against Gaea, the Earth
Percy and his friends
Frank Zhang and Hazel Levesque are waiting for their arrival when the Argo II unexpectedly
attacks the camp. With the star couple, Percabeth, reunited and their friends
joined together, our story begins with their escape from Camp Jupiter. They
later find out that Leo got possessed and attacked the whole camp with the Argo
II. But how would anyone be able to explain that when the two camps are already
mortal (or half-mortal) enemies? This huge misunderstanding opens up to much
more dramatic challenges for our beloved characters.
What separates this book
from the rest of the series is that we really get an opportunity to get a feel for
each of the seven characters, as they narrate along with the story’s
progression. I am pleased with the results, as Riordan intimately introduces us
to each character’s thoughts and feelings. With Percy always in the spotlight, the
whining, annoying-but-smart character, Annabeth Chase, turns out to be very
brave when she encounters her mother, Athena, the goddess of wisdom. When she
realizes that her own quest relates to the quest of saving the world, we see
her maturity as she courageously embarks on the challenge.
Throughout the book,
Riordan continues to bring importance to each character as the reader really
gets a grasp of each personality. I found myself interested in some characters I’d
never thought much of before.
With his books translated into
dozens of languages, millions of copies sold and plenty of awards to his
credit, it’s not a surprise that I, along with readers around the world, loved
Riordan’s latest work.
The Mark of Athena is a great and solid read, and I recommend it for anyone.