The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Childrens, Fantasy, Fiction, Greek Mythology, Magic, Middle School, Mythology, Review, Roman Mythology, Romance, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The Mark of Athena by Rick RiordanThe Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #3
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Disney-Hyperion Book on October 2nd 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 586
Format: Kindle
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Annabeth returns in the third installment of the biggest series yet from Rick Riordan, author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Heroes of Olympus, Kane Chronicles, and Percy Jackson andamp; the Olympians series.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--Greece itself--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 promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.

My take on the book: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK YET!!!!!

To me a lot has happened in this book. We learn that Athena sends only the bravest and smartest of her kids to find a statue that the Romans stole and put away somewhere safe where no one would find it. We have all seven of the demigods together on one ship with Coach Hedge to supervise them.

We also find out that no demigod from either of the two camps have “gone back to the homelands”, meaning Greece and Rome, because of the many monsters that live in the Mediterranean Sea. Though it is there that Leo, Frank, and Hazel fell overboard. It was at the underwater palace that we found a training center for the underwater heroes. Though Percy was quite upset that they didn’t want to meet him, even though he is the son of the water god.

We also encounter a hero turned god and a goddess before the trek to Rome. Along with meeting a nymph called Echo, the poor girl, and a demigod that was obsessed with his own reflection. A lot of very good, cool, and interesting things has happened in this book and I just don’t want to spoil it at all. Especially with Aphrodite’s weird message to Annabeth.

Out of the whole book there is only one thing that I disliked about it and that was at the end after they helped Annabeth at the last leg of her journey, on the Mark of Athena quest, all only for her and Percy to end up in Tartarus. The worst place for a demigod to end up. Even if they need someone there to close the Doors of Death on that side. Though this book with the first two also had some character development going on but not a whole lot from with what I can remember.

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About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, the Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over forty million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.