Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus #3) 
by Rick Riordan
  •  Hardcover: 608 pages 
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (October 2, 2012)
Goodreads Description:

 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. . . .

In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six--who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?

The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophesy remains a mystery. . . . With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.
My Thoughts:

If you read the first two books in the series then you know pretty much where things are headed in this one. Characters you know and love bravely fighting to save the world at great risk to themselves. The heroes must work together and use their abilities, ingenuity, and strengths to overcome obstacles such as monsters and angry gods. There are lots of new bad guys (aka gods/goddesses/monsters) introduced and since I love mythology it was especially interesting to learn about them. The ending left me reeling a bit so I can't wait for the next book because I have to know what happens next! I keep getting a feeling that something terrible is going to happen but hopefully I'm wrong. This series has been filled with nonstop action and adventure and this latest book does not disappoint. If you haven't read the previous books in the series you definitely need to read them first (and in order!) or you won't be able to fully enjoy this story. 


1 comment:

DMS said...

I love this series and just finished the second book. I can't wait to get my hands on this one! It sounds so good and I really like Annabeth. :)