This is essentially one long battle scene, but it still managed to hold my attention and keep me turning the pages with just enough character/emotional connection. I'm such a girl. ;) Fun!::SPOILER ALERT::While reading, though, I was aware of how much Annabeth reminds me of Hermione--and it set me wondering why girls always have to be "book smart." Not to mention that it was Annabeth who figured out the prophesy--and without her, Percy wouldn't have been able to make the right decision. Why is it Percy that gets offered the greatest gift of the gods?