This week Percy Jackson author Rick Riordan was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly about his upcoming book The Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena which hits shelves next Tuesday, October 2nd.
Rick talks about writing and it’s challenges and how his books have encouraged kids to read. He also had some very interesting things to say about Mark of Athena:
The Mark of Athena is where we’ll see the stories of The Lost Hero and The Son of Neptune come together. Was it hard to keep track of everyone?
The scope of the book is huge. My biggest challenge is to take all the different strands, all the things I’ve set up, and merge them into one huge stage. That was the biggest challenge, but I have to say it was also the biggest treat. Some of the relationships that came out of the book, I was not at all expecting. I just hadn’t really considered all the different permutations. I’m really pleased with how it came out.
What can you tell us about The Mark of Athena?
The difference with The Mark of Athena — other than just the fact that it’s got all of the characters together — is that it’s truly Annabeth’s story. This is a character that we’ve known since The Lightning Thief, but we’ve never been inside her head before. The Mark of Athena is really her story. There’s a lot going on, but at the heart it’s about Annabeth figuring out what her stirrings are, what her mother Athena needs from her, and how she can come to terms with her destiny.
Entertainment Weekly also debuted the official Mark of Athena trailer which was also posted to Riordan’s tumblr earlier today:
And here is the official UK trailer from percyjackson.co.uk:
Only a few days left before we can read Mark of Athena!! Have you decided which camp you’re in?