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The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan  

#3 Heroes of Olympus

5 ***** = Highly recommend; A Classic; Couldn’t get much better; Could read over and over again

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Published October 2, 2011

Format: Hardcover

Synopsis from Goodreads

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….

So I have to admit, that this book took me longer than average to finish.  It came at a really busy time for me and I love to absorb all the fun mythology details, so it took extra time to read.   The other reason is I got spoiled!  Urgh!  So I was hesitant to finish.  So needless to say, this review is going to be shorter and non-spoiling!!!  I am a huge Rick Riordan fan!  Pretty much loved the Percy Jackson series and read them quite often.  I eagerly awaited The Mark of Athena.  I was pretty blown away that Rick Riordan could do a new series with some of the same characters as the Percy Jackson series.  Not only did he do it, but this book in the Heroes of Olympus series was another home run for me.

CHARACTERS

Rick Riordan is so great with characters.  In both the Percy Jackson & Heroes of Olympus series, he has introduced numerous characters.  They have depth, are colorful & never predictable.  In this book we are back with some old favorites from the previous books.  The last two books in this series we really get to know the seven of the prophecy.  It was great to get to hear the story from their points of view.   There is Percy and Annabeth!  God I love this couple and their reunion is without a doubt, PERFECTION.  This is where RR shines, he is funny but still lets there be real emotion and just a bit of romance.  All wrapped up in the characters having to be heroes.  Then there is Jason & Piper, what is so great is that they are so different from Percy & Annabeth.  The son of Juno and the daughter of Aphrodite work together using their different giftings.  Frank & Hazel, two Roman demigods, who really mix things up on the Argo II.  I love how different they both are from the typical demigods.  Then there is Leo!!!  He is really my favorite demi god!  He is just so normal, questions himself all the time.  But is so funny the way he puts up a comical front of confidence.  Here is a classic line when he steps up to the plate and solves a puzzle in the book.

“When he aligned the last ring, something inside the sphere clicked.  The door swung open.  Leo beamed at his friends.  “That, good people, is how we do things in Leo World.  Come on in!”  “I hate Leo World,” Frank muttered.  Hazel laughed.

PLOT

Ok, I absolutely love the way Rick Riordan sets up these seemingly impossible quests.  The entire time I am thinking there is no way our heroes are going to get out of this.  He uses the demi-gods experiences and strengths to get them through.  It also feels like a real heroes quest, plopped right in the modern world.  I just love his story telling.  This book has set up another colossal battle for the Greek & Roman demi-gods.  There are so many layers to this story and I can’t wait to see what happens.

MY TWO CENTS

So, I loved it!  Fabulous story telling, layered characters and really funny witty writing.  I always feel the same way after I finish a Rick Riordan book!  I can’t wait for the next one.  Sadly, we have to wait a year, BUT I have never been disappointed   So here is to another year of waiting for “The House of Hades” the next Heroes of Olympus book.  CAN’T WAIT!

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