This article might be perceived as boring for some, but I thought I might share my thoughts about what might happen in The Mark of Athena.
First of all, I would like to focus on how Rick Riordan has changed how he writes.
He has taken into account that his readers have grown up a bit.
So now, there are some dark angles to the plot.
For example, Hazel's story with her mother and Gaia. Suicide to protect the world.
Leo watched his mother die, which was the result of murder.
Octavian stabbed a fellow Roman, and killed her.
Well, you get the idea.
So, I think there will be some horrid moments in the next book, but hopefully not that many.
I think, in the next book(s), there might be a few deaths of people we possibly like.
Also, if you did not notice, the villains are more twisted. Gaia is much more evil than Kronos could ever dream of being.
The Titans and the Giants are like innocent babies compared to Gaia.
That is evil.
Octavian is also much more dark and creepy than previous characters.
Does this mean that the plots will be much, much deeper than we think?
Rick also loves, love triangles.
Jason, Reyna, Piper.
Hazel, Frank, Leo.
People would argue about Leo being included, but why would Rick make him resemble Sammy so much?
Because he wants to mess with us.
I predict some serious love problems...
On a completely different matter, Jason.
Some say he is too perfect and could have evil intentions. No.
If you didn't take Ricks hints, you haven't realized that Jason and Percy are supposed to be alike.
Jason is the Roman version of Percy.
Rome had to have it's own Percy Jackson, right?
So, I think Percy and Jason will either be great friends, worst enemies, or just not sure.
That's kinda what Annabeth had said about Thalia and Percy, minus the last part.
It'll be interesting to find out.
I thought the reunion would make everything normal again.
Now, I'm not sure.
I mean, Hera foretold that Annabeth was going to make problematic decisions (remember Janus?).
Will this be because of Athena's influence, ("Avenge me")?
We can't be sure.
I can't help feeling, even though I think Annabeth is great, I might start to hate her a bit in the next book.
Probably only that book though.
Percabeth lovers, prepare yourself, because I think Percy and Annabeth's love life is going to become a rollercoaster.
Percy has already been thinking about their future, when he saw New Rome.
Hopefully, things will be alright later, but I do expect some sad moments.
Now, to make matters worse, Rick tweeted that writing one of the scenes made him a bit "teary-eyed".
What is that supposed to mean?!
As if you weren't already playing with our fragile emotions. Now you want to make us cry?! *Sobs*
Anyway... I think the scene is emotional (duh!).
It could actually be happy, could be sad, devestating... heartbreaking... a death... *Cries louder*
Yeah... so, Percy and Annabeth won't be the only ones riding a rollercoaster.
Be ready for your own 'emotional' rollercoaster.
...and to top ^that off, Rick is going to leave his characters in imminent danger.
"The true defenition of a Cliffhanger".
Rick actually means that he's going to leave us in imminent danger...
...of dying when we read the ending and try to wait for the next book.
Will she be a loser?
Will she be awesome?
Is 'avenging' herself really neccassary?
Only time will tell.
Why are you so strange, and why are we going to meet you?
Are you going to be mean to Annabeth?
Are you going to help Athena or Hera?
Are you evil?
Do you like cheese?
Again, only time will tell.
I am scared of whats to come. *Scared face*
Why will the Greeks and Romans fight?
Will it be because of leadership problems, trust, pride?
What is the Mark of Athena?
A blessing, Magical Owl, Coin, some other stuff?
What will happen in The Mark of Athena?
Betrayal, Revenge, Conflict, Death, Heartbreak, Tradegy, Love?
Why so many questions?
Thank you for reading my ramblings,
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