Hello again Fangirls! It seems that we’re back for another summer at Camp Halfbood… Or not. This book starts with Percy’s mom dropping he, Thalia, and Annabeth off at a private school. For a dance?
Grover has contacted Percy about 2 possible half bloods, Bianca and Nico. But there is also a manticore lurking. When they try to fight said monster, a new type of godling comes out of the woodwork; the Hunters.
The Hunters are a group of young (and eternal) women, led by Artemis. They have all pledged to be free from attachment to men, so they can focus on protection. Here we meet Artemis herself, and her right hand woman, Zoë.
With the attack on Bianca and Nico, several things happen. Bianca becomes a Hunter, Artemis goes off to fight the monster behind all of this, and when the manticore falls, Annabeth falls with it (over a cliff). It’s a pretty full day. But then Apollo (Artemis’ brother) comes to take everyone to Camp Half-Blood.
At camp, Zoë is given a quest, to go find Artemis (who has been captured). She take Bianca, Thalia, Percy, and Grover. On their way, they encounter magic from Pan and Zeus, along with some amazing help from Annabeth’s dad.
They finally find Artemis (an Annabeth) atop Mount Othrys. They run into Atlas (Zoë’s dad), and, of course, Luke. Luke is trying to recruit more to Kronos’ cause, especially Thalia. You see, there was a prophecy that a half-blood child born of one of the big three (Hades, Zeus, or Poseidon) would take down the Gods. Thalia is Zeus’ daughter and about to turn 16, so having her on the side of the Titans would be great for them.
But it doesn’t happen. Everybody fights, Percy holds up the sky briefly, and the good guys win. But they lose Zoë, which I found surprisingly difficult to read. It really hurt to see her die, but her celebration by Artemis was beautiful.
A little more happens in the book, but I’ll let you read it if you want the nitty gritty. I briefly lost steam with this book, but picking it back up again was great, and I’m glad I did. We’ll see you next month, back on Half-Blood Hill!
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