THE MARK OF ATHENA (Heroes of Olympus, Book 3)

by Rick Riordan

Published by Disney Hyperion

A review by John Irvin


“Until she met the exploding statue, Annabeth thought she was prepared for anything.”

            From the inside book jacket:

            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 broze dragon figurehead, 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.

            …Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attacked 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 Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan. Book 3 in the Heroes of Olympus series.

            It is exactly that: unforgettable. Rick Riordan again lives up to the greatness of his previous works. Vamping up the intensity and gut-wrenching antics of our beloved demigods, Riordan brings a new side to the prism that is Annabeth.

            She now has her own book focused on her quest!

            Yes, of course, there are three other friends starring as the main characters in this book, but Annabeth’s quest is the one that will decide whether Mother Earth will bring the Roman and Greek camps to war.

            Annabeth was already a favourite of mine, I’d already fallen in love with her along with Percy in the first series—but reading this book deepened my love for those two. The ending, oh, the ending, you’re going to have to read it and find out.

            So, take my recommendation and click this link to go buy it: MARK OF ATHENA.

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