Monday, October 15, 2012

Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3) by Rick Riordan

Mark of Athena is the third book in Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus Series.  Everything Rick Riordan touches seems to turn to gold (but in a good way not a crazy Midas way) and this book is no exception.  Here is the Goodreads blurb:

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. . . . 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 prophesy 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.
This book was an epic to read!  I managed to get through it in one day so that my husband could read it but it was painful to read the last page.  The ending just makes you so hungry for the next book.  I loved how we got to see all of the characters together in this book and the narration was passed around pretty evenly so we got to see all sides of the action and adventure.  There were lots of great cameo appearances from Nemesis, Bacchus, Narcicus and lots of other characters from both Greek and Roman mythology.  The interplay between the characters as they learn how to work together as a team is really special.  There was not one thing about this book that I did not like.  It had plenty of laugh out loud moments and it brought both mythology and history alive for the reader.  Leo is still pretty much my favorite character though.

After the Heroes of Olympus series ends, Rick Riordan has announced that he'll be tackling Norse mythology which should be absolutely amazing.  I still need to read his Eygptian series.  You can follow Rick Riordan on Twitter and check out his website.  The rumor is still out there that the second Percy Jackson book is being made into a movie for release next year, I guess we'll just have to wait and see.  I give this book 5 Fairies for being an excellent read for parents, kids and teens alike!

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