This book is about a group of demigods who have to travel to Rome in order to fulfill a prophecy and stop a war. However, the ancient lands (Rome and Greece), and the Mediterranean Sea are the most dangerous places for demigods to go. However, for this quest they have only a select few gods to help them, as many have disappeared at the hands of Gaea. As usual with this series, they encounter many heroes and villains from ancient Greek and Roman mythology.
I enjoyed this book very much. I really like the way Riordan inserts the humor that he uses to break up the action. He does a really good job of illustrating the battle scenes through his writing. It was like I could see exactly what was happening in the book. The one thing I disliked about the book is how Riordan dragged out actually getting to Rome and then almost rushed through the climax in about 75-ish pages.
One memorable thing about this book, or the whole series for that matter, is the way Riordan is able to blend ancient mythology and modern day references so fluently.
Review by Joe, grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library