Monday, June 18, 2012

Cover Crazy: The Mark of Athena

Cover Crazy is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Worms on Mondays. The idea is to showcase a beautiful book cover each week.

This week, I'm crazy about...
The Mark of Athena, by Rick Riordan
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All covers in this Cover Crazy are giant files courtesy of Rick Riordan's blog.

In terms of the story within the covers, I actually don't like the Heroes of Olympus that much (see my review of The Lost Hero) but the covers for these books are awesome. I am more impressed with every one. If the covers weren't so incredible, it's far less likely I'd want to keep picking up the next book. And the cover for The Mark of Athena is the most epic of the bunch.

I don't even know where to start with all the things I like about this cover. The purpley color in the background is very eye-catching and offsets the other colors in the cover really well, particularly the stripe of gold across the top.

As for the content of the cover, The Mark of Athena is awesome at first glance, and even more so at a closer look. The attention to detail, as always, is excellent. I'm super excited that Percy and Jason are facing off on lightning and water horses. All we need here is Nico with an undead horse from the underworld. Athena's symbolic owl eyes in the background are just the right element to complete the image.

Although I could be more excited about the release of The Mark of Athena (even though Annabeth as the main character sounds pretty darn cool), I am very happy with the cover, and will proudly add it to my shelf.

Want to know more about The Mark of Athena?
Summary (from Goodreads):
Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close— the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.

Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare. . . .

What do you think of the cover for The Mark of Athena?
Leave your thoughts in the comments!

What are you crazy about this week?

1 comment:

TeakaToys - H1 Accessories said...

From the very begining I was hooked. The plot twists and turns had me gasping with every word, and the ending nearly killed me with its anticlimatic cliffhanger. I could not stop reading with the final chapters. Only flaw was the POV, which I thought needed a little bit of the others. All in all, truly the work of the gods.


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