Title: The Mark of Athena
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #3, Camp Half-Blood Chronicles #11
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Mythology, Urban Fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: Let’s go see what that means.
ONE FATAL PROPHECY. SEVEN BRAVE DEMIGODS. A QUEST TO FIND – AND CLOSE – THE DOORS OF DEATH.
Annabeth and her friends Piper, Jason and Leo have landed at Camp Jupiter with one mission in mind. The time has come for Roman and Greek demigods to unite. With Percy Jackson, hazel and Frank by their side, they must combine forces to find – and close – the Doors of Death.
But Annabeth is hiding a secret – a command from her mother, the goddess of war and wisdom: ‘Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me.‘ Annabeth is already risking her life… What more does Athena want her daughter to do?
Now the seven demigods must begin their quest across land and sea to Rome, but what will they have to sacrifice this time – and what unspeakable horrors await?
For me, The Mark of Athena was Annabeth’s story. She first had to test her pride and courage in Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth, but it was this journey that really tested all that she was. Not only was she forced to strike out on her own and rely completely on her own skills, but Annabeth had a huge choice to make. Honour her mother’s wishes or save the others (and in the meantime, the world).
Not only is Annabeth faced with difficult decision after difficult decision, but, she is also forced to face her greatest fears and toughest challenges. If I hadn’t guessed it from the previous books, Annabeth is an incredibly strong and powerful young woman. And I think that it is this journey that forges her in fire. She comes out much stronger and more confident in her own abilities than before. Annabeth’s character and plight are a great way to remind us all that wisdom is sometimes the most powerful weapon of all. At least, that has always been my belief (or hope).
The parting between Percy and Annabeth after their recent reunion was particularly painful. It was wonderful to see the childhood crush of the previous series bloom into love at the beginning of The Heroes of Olympus series. the way that Percy plans for their future together was maybe one of the sweeter and more realistic aspects of a relationship that I have read. His inability to tell her about it because he was scared – well, that was far more realistic than anything else in the series. It is this love and reluctance to be separated again that gives us the strongest cliff hanger in the series. Well, I was certainly holding my breath and longing for the next book!
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