Percy has been fighting monsters for three months, but the cannot remember his life before that. When he escapes to a Roman camp for the children of gods, he thinks that he is safe. He is getting bits and pieces of his memory back, but most of it is still gone. Why can he seem to remember the name Annabeth, and why does he only know the names of the Greek gods?
Hazel, a child of Pluto, has been cursed and wherever she goes she can uncover cursed valuables such as buried rings or gold. Whoever touches it is cursed with bad luck. She died in the 1940s, but she was brought back to life by her brother Nico. However, she suffers from blackouts where she relives her memories.
Frank has been at the camp for a short time, but he doesn’t feel heroic. Sometimes he wonders why he is here at all. Hazel, a fellow outcast, is the only person who talks to him.
These three are sent on a quest to figure out why monsters and people aren’t staying dead.
This book felt just as long as the last, but it did have some points that I enjoyed. My favorite character was Hazel, as I love historical fiction. I specifically love historical fiction set in New Orleans. I played the Princess and the Frog DS game to death when I had it. Hazel’s flashbacks completely satisfied my desire for that.
Frank seemed realistic to me. He wasn’t perfect, but that made him likable. Instead of a born hero, he had to really learn how to be a hero.
I couldn’t connect with Percy as much in this book. I know he forgot his memories, but I found myself being not as interested in his parts of the story. If the whole book had just been told in Frank and Hazel’s POV’s, I would have been happy.
Even though this book was shorter than the first (I think), I just dragged through it. I think I will be dragging through this whole series honestly, and I am not looking forward to it as much as I thought I would. Nevertheless, Hazel and Frank really saved this book for me, and I will be moving onto the Mark of Athena as soon as I can check it out.
Overall Rating: 3.5/5