Review: The Mark of Athena | Fight to the Death? Err. Not So Much

Review: The Mark of Athena | Fight to the Death? Err. Not So MuchThe Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #3
Published by Disney-Hyperion Book on October 2nd, 2012
Genres: Adventure
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 586
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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….

The Mark of Athena is my new favorite book by Rick Riordan. I loved it. It ended (as always) on a real cliffhanger. I have to admit, I didn’t expect that at all. It was the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers or pretty close to it at least.

I was not happy when I found out that Annabeth would have such a main role in this book. It made me kind of salty sometimes but, once I started reading, I couldn’t hold onto my frustration. I was yanked right into the story and couldn’t help but enjoy Annabeth’s storyline.

Who Annabeth would face was never a mystery. We knew the entire time who it would be and this actually made things more tense if you ask me. A lot of the time, I was trying to figure out how in the world she was going to succeed but didn’t have the slightest clue how. Come to find out, she didn’t defeat her enemy at all how I ever thought she may. I was expecting a fight to the death or something to that effect, but (of course) I was wrong.

Riordan brought forth a lot of new myths he hasn’t used yet and introduced us to what I think, are people we didn’t expect to meet. Plus, we got to see the Roman side of Mr. D. and learn a little bit more about how the whole Roman and Greek thing was affecting the Olympians.

I have to say though, one of the most intriguing things for me was Riordan’s explanation and revelations about Greece and Rome. It really is an interesting plot and I have no idea how Riordan can get any better than he already is. But, I know he will because that’s how he is. Each book gets better and better (I say this with the exception of The Sea of Monsters; I didn’t like that one as much).

Now, just to sum it up. Excellent book. Read it and love it!

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  1. Okay so I take it that Melanie is the Unnamed but you know I kinda fit into that category too….. >.< I'm glad you still loved it. But seriously I LOVED ANNABETH.

    Although I will admit to you that I did want a little more from her quest. 😀

    <333 Inky

  2. So am I the new Voldermort, SHE WHO SHALL NOT BE NAMED? Hehehe 😀

    BUT asdfghjkl; this book just brings all my PERCABETH fangirliness to the surface again and OMG I can't breathe.

    Fabulous mini review, Steph! <33