I have being dying to read the Mark of Athena for ages, and this week I finally got some time to do so. I have being a big fan of Rick Riordan’s books but the Mark of Athena really blew me away and I CANNOT wait for the next Heroes of Olympus book! Summary, as usual, from Goodreads:
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 absolutely loved this book. There were so many twists and turns, and the tension between the Roman and Greek demigods was palpable throughout. Annabeth and Percy were finally reunited, we were introduced to more gods, and in true Rick Riordan style we were left with an almighty cliffhanger.
The book began with the uniting of the 7 demigods of the prophecy, albeit with a little trouble and it was really interesting to see them all together. I actually really warmed to all of the ‘new’ characters (Piper, Jason, Leo, Hazel and Frank – oh and Coach Hedge) more so then I had done in the previous books. There personalities really began to flourish in The Mark of Athena and it was interesting to see the tension between them and the bond between them growing at the same time. I felt really sorry for Leo who felt like an outsider from all the couples all the way through the book but at the end I felt that he was gelling more with everybody, especially Frank. I have to say though, I was most excited for the return of Annabeth and Percy together and it did not disappoint. Percy definitely felt some rivalry with Jason which was really good as sometimes Percy is a little too good to be true, and his jealously of Jason really made him seem human again. However, my absolute favourite character ark of the book was of course Annabeth. I am so glad that much of the plot focused on her and that she got a chance to be independent and really explore what she could do on her own whilst following the mysterious Mark of Athena.
I also loved the transition from America to Rome, I though that really set the plot apart from the other books in the series. I loved that we were introduced to more gods, both Roman and Greek. Rick is amazing at writing very clever mysteries for his heroes to solve and I think that in the Mark of Athena, the mystery was top notch. The book, like is others was so hard to put down and very fast paced and the cliffhanger was unbearably good. I still miss the Camp Half Blood characters having a more prominent role (fingers crossed for the next book) and I miss Grover a ton (I think he is actually one of my favourite characters) but I cannot wait till the next book.
Sorry for the slightly rambling review, I had NO sleep last night because I had a stomach bug but I couldn’t wait to write this review!!