Once upon a time I was a kid like Nico.
I was afraid of the people around me, afraid that they could make fun of me (as indeed they did ... maybe) and could estrange me (as actually happened... maybe), to sound too much different from my peers and see the person for whom I turned my interest not reciprocating and directing his own elsewhere. Precisely for this reason (at least I think it's for that matter) I have grown into a shy and reserved person and marginal in the crew of friends. Increasingly uncomfortable with the other because I was afraid that the signs of what really I am would prove themselves, perhaps. In my early teenage years I have fallen in love with a girl who has always seen in me just a friend. But maybe I would not have seen her as a likely girlfriend, in case she was concerned, because, just like Nico, I like (even) boys.
Now I have reached an age and a vision of life where I realized that hiding this thing is not mandatory. For some time I've been revealing this fact to some people I trust - some of which had already figured out - and I was pointed out that, after all, is not so wrong to be as I am, there is no reason to be ashamed nor must hide this fact and keep it as a burden inside of me. So I felt particularly affected by the time of the book in which the true feelings of Nico have been unveiled. The story seemed so similar to that chapter in the book City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (one of my favorites), where, in place of <spoiler>Cupid</spoiler>, is the <spoiler>Queen of the Faerie Seelie Court</spoiler>.
But when you consider that even in this period homosexuality is not accepted by all, that in the book Nico is only fourteen or fifteen years old, that he comes from a time when loving a person of the same sex was worse than the present day, who is the son of the god of the dead, then it is understandable how the young demigod is still reluctant to talk about it. I get it all right and I appreciate the behavior of Jason, one of the seven to have witnessed the revelation.
So as I liked the behavior of all the protagonists of this book, all characters to which I am devoted greatly.
And so, here's what I did not, however, found very enjoyable in the book: the giant.
Each book in the series provides a fight, by the seven demigods of the prophecy, against a giant son of Gaea, the earth goddess. It's true that every giant has a different aspect, the method of defeat is different, every time different demigods among the seven pulverize him, and the presence of each has sense, but I found the part about the giant in the House of Hades enough boring. Basically, any volume of the saga leads to the encounter with the giant, and both in The Mark of Athena and in this very book this moment, in my opinion, is the worst of the book.
Now I'm waiting with joy for the fifth part of the story, knowing that the difficulties to be faced are not only formed by a reptile-legged giant...