This is the third book in the Heroes of Olympus series, I know it has been a while since I reviewed the second book but I had a lot of work that was due in, in a short amount of time. But im home now which means I have got a lot of reading time again so should be getting better with the amount I am going to be reading.
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….
Taken from Goodreads
In this book we finally get all of the seven demigods of the prophecy together. This means we won’t be following one of the two major demigods and what adventures they are doing. Now we are following all seven, in this book we get to see the story through Percy, Annabeth, Piper and Leo’s eyes.
Now that the Greeks have gotten to the roman camp it is time that they travel to old Rome and follow the mark of Athena. However thanks to Gaia and some eidolons things are going to be easy as the eidolons start war on the roman camp through Leo causing the seven demigods to run and then start being following by the entire camp. Things aren’t going to be easy it seems.
For me this is probably the best book in the series by far and the reason for this is because it is different. We aren’t just going on one quest to get something or to defeat something with only three demigods. Now we have got seven and they are on a quest to save the world and stop Mother Nature from waking up, best part is to do this then they have to go through Tartarus to close the Doors of Death. There is one scene in this book that made it better than any other book in the series and that is where Percy and Annabeth are hanging over the edge of Tartarus, Annabeth has no chance of being saved while Percy does but he gives up his chance to make sure he isn’t going to be separated from his girlfriend and best friend.
For me this book seemed to be the most serious out of the series so far, with the only time humour really comes to play is whenever Leo is talking but even then he is really only make fun of the people around him to calm himself down. There is a lot of action and a lot of parts where instead of just focusing on the two major demigods the other 5 have got to use their skills and powers in order to save the quest.
I loved how everything was written in this book and it was because of this it made this book a very easy read and made it very hard to be put down. For me again it has to be one of the last scenes in the book where Annabeth is trying to find the statue of Athena and when the statue is described even a person with no imagination would be able to know what it had looked like.
However I do feel really sorry for Leo as of the 7 demigods on the quest he is the only one who is not in a relationship. Jason has Piper, Percy has Annabeth and Hazel has Frank, so who is Leo left with Coach Hedge maybe. Leo is still my favourite character in this series because when everyone is being all serious then Leo comes out with a one liner and makes the book feel slightly less serious and that everyone on the boat is going to die horribly (which they almost do countless times)
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