(The Heroes of Olympus #3)
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....
I'm kind of surprised that haven't gotten tired of these characters. At least tired of Percy and Annabeth. I just love them so much. This series is very close to my heart. I always thought that I was helpless when it came to Greek Mythology. It always fascinated me but before these books I had a hard time remembering names and places. But Rick Riordan makes you want to learn more. When I read the books, I take twice as long to read them because I'm always googling gods, demigods etc. He takes Greek Mythology and blends it with modern twists, and the result is awesomeness.
The Mark of Athena, like the previous books in the series, was amazing. We have different narrators, and despite popular belief it wasn't hard to follow. Each character has an unique voice, so it was always easy to tell who was narrating when. I also love that each character had its time to shine (except for poor Frank). I also like how the challenges or mini quests were sprinkled throughout the book. Their adventures were so entertaining, at the expense of our poor heroes, but it wouldn't be a Riordan book without a little bit of suffering.
Like always Riordan makes it seem like our heroes won't be able to complete the book's quest. I won't tell you if they made it, or not but this was me the whole book:
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