Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Mark of Athena Review

608 pages

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. . . .

The Heroes of Olympus series just keeps improving with each new addition and this novel is no exception. Finally the Roman and Greek camps get to meet although their peaceful meeting doesn't go as planned. This novel is narrated by four of the demigod's perspectives and we definitely get to see new sides to each character. The Percy and Annabeth reunion is awesome and they haven't lost that spark that makes them such an awesome couple. There are few love triangles with the other characters that seem to be forming which only makes this novel more interesting. I've grown to expect a certain level of action with the books in this series and this doesn't disappoint. Plenty of monsters, missions, and humor keep this story fresh and exciting. The ending leaves you on a huge cliffhanger and I can't wait for the next book to come out to see what happens next. I definitely recommend this if you are a fan of the Percy Jackson novels but make sure you read the other books in The Heroes of Olympus Series first. If you have time check out the original Percy Jackson series as well.


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