TITLE: The Mark of Athena
AUTHOR: Rick Riordan
SERIES: Heroes of Olympus #3
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Annabeth is terrified. Just when she's about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo's fantastical creation doesn't appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.
And that's only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close—the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?
Annabeth's biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he's now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.
Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare....
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WARNING: This review contains spoilers for The Son of Neptune.
After reading The Son of Neptune, I could not wait for the next book. After waiting nearly a year for The Mark of Athena, I can say that I was not disappointed. There were three main reasons why I wanted to read this book.
- I wanted to see Percy and Annabeth’s reunion. And Renya and Jason’s?
- The Greeks and the Romans would meet in this book. They don’t exactly have a history of getting along. How will this encounter go? Not to mention how would Jason, Piper, and Leo react to meeting Percy? What would they think of him?
- Who are the seven of the prophecy?
I wanted to find the answers to all those questions and I was not disappointed. In fact, I can tell you right now, I’m waiting for next fall in order to read The House of Hades (the next book).
There were a few shockers and twists that kept me on the edge of my seat. I could not put the book down until I had finished the whole thing. It was funny and filled with action; typical Rick Riordan style. I got see character relationships develop (and not just the romantic type.) It goes without saying that there was not a part of this book that was boring and slow moving. It kept me on my toes and wondering the whole time what was going to happen next because, with these demigods, you never know.
The only problem I have with this book is the ending. WHY, RICK RIORDAN, WHY? In typical Percy Jackson fashion, it left off with a nail-biting, hair-pulling, jaw- dropping, (you get the idea) cliffhanger. I WANT TO READ THE HOUSE OF HADES RIGHT NOW!
If you enjoyed reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians, you should definitely read The Mark of Athena.