Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3) 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....


Released: October 2, 2012          Pages: 586
Publisher: Disney Hyperion      Source: Library

Last year, when The Son of Neptune came out, I made the mistake of checking the library website on the release date.  I got my request in, but...I was 94th on the waiting list.  This year I was smarter and got my request in during August.  Only 3rd on the list, this time.  Yay me!

I'm glad I got myself on that list quickly.  The Mark of Athena is a fun, action-filled book.  It was funny, too.  No matter how desperate the storyline of this series becomes, Rick Riordan always throws in some line that'll make you smile.  I love that about his books. 

My major complaint with this book is the addition of the love triangle.  It adds to the plot, with the whole Leo/Sammy thing.  Still, though, Hazel's choice seems rather obvious to me.  I would choose Leo over Frank any day.  I have nothing against Frank, but Leo is just...Leo.  He's hilarious.  He's my favorite character out of this entire series.  I don't quite understand why Leo is the odd one out.  Why is he left out of all the coupleness?  We need an eighth demigod here.  I volunteer as tribute!  Seriously.  Who wouldn't want to hang out with Leo?

No review of The Mark of Athena would be complete without a rant about the ending.  THE ENDING!  Rick Riordan, you are evil!  How can you do this?  I read the ending, and I probably looked like someone just died.  It was mean and horrible and awful.

Also, it's a genius cliffhanger.  Well done, Riordan. 

And then I have to wait another year for The House of Hades....
I was so distraught that I actually turned into a rageface for a minute.  I know.  It's like that.
To seriously talk about the end... *spoilers in this paragraph only.  Major spoilers.*  They're not dead.  Percybeth will not die.  We'll see 'em come back in the next book.  I'm really, really sure of this.  They'll get themselves out of Tartarus.  Why do I think this?  Because authors whose names aren't George R. R. Martin have a tendency to not kill their major characters.  If this really was the end of Percy and Annabeth, you'd have legions of fans out to attack Mr. Riordan.  It might even ruin the first series for some people.  Then again, I could always be wrong.  (though, have I predicted this stuff correctly in the past?  Yes.  Quite often.) *end spoilers*

Overall, I enjoyed this book.  It's got likable characters, a compelling and entertaining plot, and plenty of funny lines.  The ending is just...I need the next book.  Now.  Riordan, I'll be waiting...


Similar Books: It's funny along the lines of Artemis Fowl (though, admittedly, it's less funny, and AF leans more heavily on the sarcasm side, but the books still appeal to similar audiences).  It has mythology all over the place like The Alchemystit's by the same author (it's a continuation series) and uses some of the same characters The Lightning Thief, and has snarky average-kid-turned-superhero characters like The Merchant of Death.
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