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Book Review: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

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....

Mark of Athena
By: Rick Riordan
Series: Heroes of Olympus #3
Release Date: October 2nd 2012
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH

"The Mark of Athena" by Rick Riordan was better than I expected. I really thought that Percy Jackson would die out and would become a topic of old. Percy Jackson just keeps getting better. "The Mark of Athena" is the next part of everyone's journey. There is a new prophecy to fulfill and  now two camps have to work as one. What do you do when you have to work with your sworn enemies? What happens when other forces are at work to cause issues? These are lessons that Percy and his friends have to learn. 

At the end of "The Son of Neptune," Annabeth, Leo, Piper, and Jason were arriving at Camp Jupiter. Percy begins to unite the two camps but when an accident happens with Leo, the campers of Camp Jupiter declared war against the half-blood campers. Annabeth, Leo, Piper, Jason, Hazel, Frank, and Percy, all go on a journey together to fulfill the prophecy of seven in uniting the camps and saving the gods. 

"The Mark of Athena" for a huge part is focused on Annabeth. Annabeth is one of my favorite characters in the Percy Jackson series. I like Annabeth because she has spunk. She is not about to let others tell her what to do. Annabeth has a special quest to do in this book. Something only she can complete because she is a child of Athena. Now the Romans think it is odd that Athena would have children because their version of the goddess has taken away a lot of her power and who she is. Annabeth meets her mom when she is completely frazzled and not herself. When the Romans changed the goddess and gods to make their own versions some of the gods and goddess stayed the same and others were changed drastically. Athena was one of the goddess that was changed drastically so with the war that is beginning, some of the gods were having issues trying to figure out whether they are Greek or Roman. 

I like seeing the mix of Roman and Greek mythology coincide with each other especially since Roman mythology was based off of Greek mythology. It is cool to see where the similarities are and where the differences are. Now the kids journey is taking them to the ancient lands so instead of having the main battle in North America like the last few, the main battle will take place in the ancient lands. Most of the kids have never been in the ancient lands, so the fact that this is where they are headed both excites them and scares them at the same time I am looking forward to them reaching the ancient lands and reading about their reactions. Definitely looking forward to what happens next.

I am really liking this series. I actually think I may like it better than the original Percy Jackson series. Percy has grown up a lot since book one in the original series. I think Riordan's writing gets better and better with each book. Riordan knows how to capture a reader's attention. My attention was hooked from the very beginning and was held until the very end. Riordan is an excellent writer. I love how much detail he puts into his characters and the substance he brings to his stories. There aren't very many children book authors who are able to bring in such a vast variety of  readers. So many people enjoy reading about Percy Jackson no matter what the age. 

I give "The Mark of Athena" five out of five bookshelves. 

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