Sunday, September 2, 2012

Rick Riordan Introduces New 'The Mark of Athena' Characters

The Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena

With the upcoming release of Rick Riordan's third The Heroes of Olympus installment, The Mark of Athena, the author is on the move to introduce us to the new and old characters of the series. Some are old timer mythology attendance and a few are new ones, based on old characters, that have been part of the previous series.

Riordan posted on his blog some characters with little backgrounders and artistic redetions to keep us on the loop. So far there are six of them -- gods, goddesses, half-bloods and a few other oddities. Some are just changing forms and some we are not even sure if they are friends or foes.

Get to know these characters for Rick Riordan's The Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena:

Coach Gleeson Hedge

When he first appeared in the original Percy Jackson series, Coach Gleeson Hedge is sometimes the comic relief of the story. Now he will be back in The Mark of Athena to give us some more laughs and funny strictness. Riordan revealed that "he's along for the ride on the Argo II" and he will aid the heroes by using that baseball bat on monsters, or demigods, or pretty much anything that moves.

Nemesis, Goddess of Revenge

This shape-shifting goddess is someone you wouldn't want to see on her bad side. Because if you try to make an enemy out of her, you'll certainly not gonna like it. She will eventually meet Leo and they will be making a little bargain here and there that would surely affect the journey of the heroes.

Bacchus, The Wine Dude

Known as Dionysus for Greeks, or Mr. D for Camp Half-Blood, the wine god will be back in his Roman form: Bacchus. This ultimate party god will surely dry your stock of sodas out if you allow him. But in the story he will have a role -- big or small we're not yet sure -- to play in alleviating our demigod heroes' quest.

Venus, Goddess of Love and Beauty

She is Aphrodite for the Greeks in the original Percy Jackson series. This constantly changing picture of beauty and grace (?) is surely hard to picture out. She easily morphs from one to another form depending to the visions of the beholder. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, indeed. According to Riordan, "she may try to help her daughter Piper and the rest of the demigods, but when Venus helps, it isn't always, well, helpful."

Hercules, The Man and the Myth

Hercules, also known as Heracles for some Greeks, is a demigod that Zeus, his father, made as minor god at the end of his life. He is the doorkeeper of Olympus. Our demigod friends will meet him face-to-face in The Mark of Athena, but they are not yet sure if he's a friend or a foe. He gets a little touchy, and might hit you with his club, if you call him a minor god or even discuss the Disney animated movie about his life that just seems to be not about right.

Arachne, The Lady Spider

Step aside Spider-man, the lady mistress of all arachnids is on the way. She was once a mere mortal, but boasted her skills in weaving that irritated Athena and turned her to the hideous character that she is now. She challenged the goddess to prove her point, but eventually lost in the challenge. Until now, she's out there waiting for revenge.

Updated: The Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena promo poster, feauring the six new characters:

So far, who's your favorite character? (I just can't wait for the book's official release on October 2, 2012.)