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Book Review: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan 
Series: Heroes of Olympus, #3
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 586 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 2, 2012
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I read the Finnish version, “Athenan Merkki”. 

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 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.

And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket, Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving command: 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. . . .

It was time to finally continue this reread after almost a year. I just kept been distracted by other books but I knew I wanted to get back to them.

“As long as we’re together.” 

I could agree with Percy that it was hard enough to remember god’s Greek names, let alone roman ones. Some of them even remind each other. I was glad that Percy and Jason were a little insecure because they were so called ‘leaders’ in other books. Percy was afraid to drown to too big expectations. He’s limited and felt like a fraud while Jason feels like he’s failed. He’s been unconscious most of their trip. I’d hate if they got too cocky. They are similar characters but they are compared to each other maybe a little too often.

I adore Tyson so even though he had only half a scene I was so happy about it, and even with Ella! I hope to see both of them in later books.

I guess Annabeth always had a crush on Percy but I’m so used to Percabeth being platonic that them showing affection, like kissing was kind of weird at first. I know most people absolutely love Annabeth but I just don’t and I kind of wanted to skip her POV’s? I just found them boring and I was glad when we got back to Leo’s POV. That might be part of the reason I don’t ship Percabeth, besides mostly only seeing them as friends.

I ship Hazel with Frank so much (I could even say I ship them the most in the series) but the whole Sammy thing made me sad.

All in all there was too much action for my taste but I think many other readers would love and I’m not really big fan of so many point of views. I did enjoy some scenes where the characters actually bond and I found Percy meeting another sibling interesting.


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