The Mark of Athena – 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 prophecy remains a mystery. . . .With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena is be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.
Book Review by Whittie Pie
Reading this book series is starting to feel a lot like coming home. A really brutal, terrifying home, what with all of the monsters and war and whatnot, but home nonetheless.
Riordan continues to blow me away with these books and I’m really not sure what I’m going to do when I finish this series. But luckily for me, I have almost a thousand pages before I need to worry about that. However, I digress, let’s move on to the good stuff!
This book! Ahhhhhh!!!!! That covers it pretty accurately.
The Percabeth reunion! Perfection. It was done in true Percabeth form. “Hi, sweetheart, I’m sorry I went missing for six months after a nutty goddess stole my memory. Give me a kiss and then we’ll go stop the vicious goddess of Earth from rising.” I mean, what else did I expect?
Coach Hedge. I freaking love Coach Hedge; he’s the perfect non chaperone chaperone to have on the “Argo II.”
I loved seeing the “Big Seven” together for the first time (even if it wasn’t the great first meeting) and I really enjoyed watching them grow as a team as the book went on.
I love each of the “Big Seven” but seriously, how can anyone not love Leo Valdez? The part with Leo and Echo and Narcissus had me laughing out loud. Oh goodness. Such a great moment.
The performing giants! Glad to see that the monsters are broadening their horizons a bit. Killing demigods just doesn’t pay the bills, you know.
Annabeth is such a boss! I was literally cheering for her when she was on her journey, and she came out victorious! (Kind of, but we’ll get to that in a minute.)
Thank you, Rick Riordan, for writing a kick butt female heroine that is smart, strong, and brave. I love that Annabeth was/is kind of the leader of the team; everyone looks to her because of her wisdom and knowledge. The feminist in me did a fist pump for that.
Ok, that freaking cliff hanger. What the what?! Rick! How could you do that to my babies? Ugh. I knew it was coming, but it was like my stomach dropped down with them.
This book was phenomenal! I’m loving this adventure with the gang, no matter how hazardous it is to my emotional health. :o)
Onward to the next one!
PRAISE FOR THE MARK OF ATHENA
“With his now-trademark zero-to-60 acceleration, the author engineers a ghostly possession to set Greeks and Romans at odds and initiates the Prophecy of the Seven, hurtling Annabeth, Percy, Piper, Leo, Hazel, Frank and Jason into a pell-mell flight on the magical trireme Argo II. Here, Riordan’s infectious love for his subject matter really comes through, even as he takes some real risks with his characters. A literal cliffhanger leaves eager readers hanging; next stop: Greece-and Tartarus.”―Kirkus Reviews
PRAISE FOR THE MARK OF ATHENA
“Terrifying dreams and enigmatic prophecies mean danger for seven teen demigods, but also good times for fans of The Heroes of Olympus series. This third volume thrusts Percy, Jason, Annabeth, Hazel, Leo, Frank, and Piper into action once again. Throughout the novel, the juxtaposition of humor and terror makes both aspects of the writing more vivid. The demigods use their wits and their weapons skillfully in a string of encounters, and their insecurities make the characters all the more appealing. With a true storyteller’s sense of pacing, Riordan creates another compelling adventure, right down to the cliff-hanger at the end. Stay tuned for volume four.”―Booklist Online
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About the Author
RICK RIORDAN is the author of the New York Times #1 best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian. His other novels for children include the New York Times #1 best-selling series The Kane Chronicles (The Red Pyramid, The Throne of Fire, and The Serpent’s Shadow) and The Heroes of Olympus (The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, The Mark of Athena, and The House of Hades). He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. Learn more at www.rickriordan.com.