This was a really great addition to the story as we know it thus far. The narration varies from person to person. I think Jason was the only one who didn't receive his own perspective.
The team of 7 come together after the first two books had separate groups of two. Percy, Jason, Annabeth, Leo, Hazel, Piper, and Frank hear a prophesy and need to figure out just exactly what they need to do. For certain, Annabeth is going to need to seek out the Mark of Athena, which worries everyone!
Although I loved this story, I don't think it showed enough about the growing team, other than perhaps between Percy and Jason and Leo and Frank. I do love the character development and how things tie together! The action was well done and I loved the entire ending! It was great!
Have to say this is a keeper. I love Rick Riordan and so does my son and my father-in-law! Educating and fun! Pick up his Egyptian series too! His Norse series is coming out this winter!
Holy crap! I was not expecting so much of what was in this book. For some reason I got the impression that this was going to be a trilogy. I was pleasantly surprised about halfway through the book to find out that this was not in fact going to be the conclusion to the series. I mean when one is enjoying a series, one always wishes that it would continue just bit more, and the great [author:Rick Riordan|15872] kindly granted that wish. However, this does not justify leaving us hanging like this!?
With all these larger than mythical-life characters pooled together, it would seem inevitable that a few would start to at least slightly outshine the others. However, each found moments to glow a bit brighter. Even the characters who before may have only been a bit less entertaining, played some catch-up to step in rank of their beloved companions. Truthfully, the there will always be a place in the my heart for Percy & Annabeth how hooked me into this little adventure in the first place; and I adore Leo, who delightfully disarmed my well built defenses against comic relief characters in the first installment and has continued to delight.
In previous stories, there as has always been some conclusion the foreground of that particular installation. Yes, there were still some parts of the whole picture left to be discovered, yet there has always been some significant resolution to that predominant segment of the story. So why now, with these demigods that he has enchanted us into investing so much and the fact that I've finally caught up, does Riordan choose to end with a "cliff-hanger". It's just plain cruel.