Sunday, December 2, 2012

Review: The Mark of Athena

The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, #3)

Title: The Mark of Athena
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Pages: 586

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..

My Thoughts:

Last week, I was trying to remember what all books I still needed to review and was shocked to see that I hadn’t posted my review for The Mark of Athena. I thought I had already written the review and just hadn’t posted it but then I looked and saw that I had only started it. As I sat down and began trying to finish the review I realized why I hadn’t finished it…it’s really hard to review! A lot happens in The Mark of Athena and I really don’t want to give much away so here’s my best effort at writing a non-spoiler review.

The Mark of Athena is yet another action packed novel by Rick Riordan. Riordan continues to create stories that are both bleak and ominous but are also filled with bits of humor and hope. That ability is what makes his stories so amazing.

The Mark of Athena is the first time that all seven demigods of the prophecy are together. I will admit it was a little confusing at times. It had been so long since I had read the first two books it took me a little bit to figure who was Greek and who was Roman. After I got that figured out I really enjoyed seeing everyone working together. Yes, there was some tension but it wasn’t too bad. And of course a little tension often makes for some great entertainment!

Riordan is a master at adding twists to the story that throw both the characters and the readers for a loop.  The Mark of Athena is no exception and I am happy to say that I loved the twists in this one! I think it’s great that he keeps his readers and characters on their toes. You never know what he’s going to do next!

Riordan said at the event I went to that Mark of Athena was Annabeth’s story. After reading it I can say that it definitely is and in more way than one. Obviously the title and description imply that this is her story with all of the talk about Athena’s daughter. This is very true. For the first time Annabeth is completely on her own and the future of the quest rests in her hands. She has a long and tough journey and even she doubts that she’ll be able to achieve what no other child of Athena has been able to do. However, through it all Annabeth stays true to herself and marches fearlessly on. The Mark of Athena is also the first time we are able to see into her mind. We finally get to see the world from her perspective and boy does she have an interesting perspective.

Everything that you have come to know and love about Rick Riordan’s books is present in The Mark of Athena. Haven’t read any Riordan books? What is wrong with you?? Get out there and buy some now. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed! Also, make sure you are sitting down at the end! ;)



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