I'm just here because I've read all the books and I've got some great ideas for what I think would make the next book epic. Please note that this is all speculation and probably won't happen. I just think that this would be a cool storyline. I guess I'll just dive right in.
First off, after the first chapter that Riordan already released, we would flash forward back to the Greek camp. There we would see Hermes bring a message to Dionysus and Chiron that the scythe of Cronus has been stolen. They then give Jason and Co. a new quest to find out what happened to it. Annabeth in the mean time has taken over the search of the Roman camp because she knows that's where Percy will be. As we follow Jason on his search of the scythe, we get reports that the monsters seem to be mobilizing around an unknown person of unknown power. There is speculation that he is a demigod, but there is no proof. Finally after chasing the scythe back to NY, there is an epic confrontation between the entire Camp Half-Blood and Gladiator wielding Cronos' scythe who is covered from head to toe in armor and his monsters. As the fighting goes on, the center stage is based around The Gladiator Vs. Thalia, Jason and maybe Nico. As the fight seems to start to look bad for them, the Romans will arrive just in time to help attack the monsters from behind, led of course by Annabeth. As Thalia and Jason start to get the upper hand and even disarming the gladiator, he finally draws Riptide. It is then revealed that Percy is in fact the Gladiator. Annabeth then reveals what happened to Percy at the Roman camp. After defeating the two harpies and return to the Camp unscathed, the wolf becomes suspicious of Percy. After examining Percy, she correctly concludes that he bore the curse of Achilles and comes to the conclusion that he is a spy. After all, they know of no Roman heroes that went through the trial, and there's only one reason he'd give up the curse is so that he can go unnoticed among them. Believing him to be a spy, they try to kill him, but he escapes. Left in the woods with no memory and nowhere to go, constantly hunted by monsters and Romans, he hides out in the woods slowly going mad with isolation. He then starts to hear voices from either Gaia or Cronos or some villain. After slowly losing his mind, learning to only trust himself as not even the gods will answer him, he begins to listen to the voice and steals the scythe of Cronos setting in motion the entire book. At this point, he is either captured or he escapes, thus setting in motion for the third book. If he is captured there is the question of what they can do to return his sanity and if he escapes, well, easy third book.
Woooh, now that that's out of the way, here's why I really like it. First off, and most importantly, it shows that Hera's decision to send Jason and Percy to the opposite camp truly was a gamble. In the end it turned out to be a double edged sword. On the one hand they got Jason, a hero in all rights. On the other, they created one of the worst villains ever. I like this because in the first book, everyone was saying how Hera was playing a dangerous game. Well, here's the danger. It also shows just how powerful Percy truly is. I always felt like Percy was the strongest even before he was cursed. I mean first of all consider his father. Poseidon is the second oldest of the big three and in fact Hades is the oldest. In theory, that would mean the Nico is the strongest, but only because of his young age is he overshadowed the Thalia and Percy, and because he's less of a fighter and more of a shadowy kind of guy. I think this is evidenced by his ability to shadow walk and summon skeletons to fight for him. Anyways, currently, Percy is able to hold his own against both Jason and Thalia. I also like how it pits our heroes against each other. I'm a little tired of reading our heroes defeating countless monsters that we forget about the moment we flip the page. Quick question. Anyone remember the name of the monster that Percy fought against when he was at the school trying to save Rachel? No? That's my point. Yes he fought a titan and yes the titan was powerful, but it's easy to forget about them after it's done. This way, you'll always remember oh yeah, Percy beat Thalia, or Jason beat Percy. My favorite fights were always in camp during the games that they played. That's because you seem to have a better idea of what the heroes can do than that one Cyclopes on the island in Sea of Monsters. We also get to see Percy in a whole new light. Jason lost his memory but we never knew him before he lost his memory. With Percy, We've followed him for five books and we have a pretty good sense of what he's like. Now that he has been abandoned and left to fend for himself, with no memory, we can totally recreate his character.
Anyways that's just what I think/hope would happen in the second book. Thoughts/Comments are greatly appreciated. Feel free to criticize all you want. I'm sorry for how long it is but I couldn't think of making it any shorter. Also I don't really know where else to put it. Feel free to leave your own ideas on what you think should happen in the second book.
hola its 2012 read the son of neptune,and mark of athena coming out yay!7/01/2012 #2
Anyone think of a Mark of Athena forum? I mean, the Son of Neptune. why not MoA??10/12/2012 #3
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