Disney Hyperion Books, 2012. 978-1-4231-4060-3
Synopsis: Annabeth has finally been reunited with Percy at Camp Jupiter, but their happiness is short-lived. The two must travel with Leo, Piper, Jason, Frank, and Hazel to Greece to stop an impending fight against Gaea’s rising forces. But first, Annabeth has to find something that was stolen from the Greeks and avenge Athena’s name, and she’s going to have to do it alone.
Why I picked it up: I’ve been foaming at the mouth waiting for this to come out ever since I finished Son of Neptune.
Why I finished it: The book definitely lived up to the hype and the anticipation: Riordan has dreamed up new challenges, new puzzles, and new obstacles for the seven chosen heroes to overcome. We’re also delving into more Greek and Roman myths, which for me is part of the appeal of the series. Riordan has also shown our heroes gradually working together as a team, making attempts to overcome decades of anger and hostility among their ancestors that have become part of how they view each other. I was pleasantly surprised at the way each of the heroes explores their own emotions and how they work into the bigger picture of forging an alliance to defeat a foe that from what we have seen so far, spells certain doom and pretty much the end of the world as we know it. In addition, Riordan delves further into the Percy/Annabeth and Jason/Piper relationships, giving the reader a little bit of romance in the middle of the doom and gloom. There were points at which I felt like the third person narration was too disorienting and cinematic, but I appreciate that we are rotating between characters and getting different angles on the same situation in order to be able to tell every side of the story. The change-up in the setting from North America to Europe proves to be a welcome challenge for the heroes, who are used to fighting in their own backyards (in a sense) and gives the story and series a much more epic feel as it progresses into the next books. Admittedly, I am already having withdraws and I’m pretty tempted to do what I did with Harry Potter: having finished the most recent book, I now have to go back and read them all in order….
Other related materials: The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, Book 1) by Rick Riordan; The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus, Book 2) by Rick Riordan; Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan; Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome by E.M. Berens; 100 Characters from Classical Mythology: Discover the Fascinating Stories of the Greek and Roman Deities by Malcolm Day; Oh My Gods: A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths by Philip Freeman; The Everything Classical Mythology Book: Greek and Roman Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, and Monsters from Ares to Zeus by Lesley Bolton; Greek and Roman Mythology graphic novels by Cirro Oh & C.S. Chun; Underworlds series by Tony Abbott; The Kane Chronicles series by Rick Riordan; Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling; Brotherband Chronicles books by John Flanagan; The 39 Clues books; The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix; Maximum Ride novels by James Patterson;