Review: The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus #3) by Rick Riordan

Posted December 18, 2015 in review / 4 Comments

Review: The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus #3) by Rick RiordanThe Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Published by Disney Electronic Content on October 2nd 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology
Format: E-book
Pages: 608
Source: Kindle (Amazon)
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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....

Ever since hearing about the Mark of Athena in the previous book, I knew that things were gonna get difficult, and heartbreaking in this book. That’s probably the reason as to why I held off this book for quite long. And I was right. This is probably the saddest Rick Riordan book I have ever read. And of course, that ending didn’t help. Le sigh.

Damn you, Rick Riordan. Why must you be so amazing, yet your books be so heartbreaking?

Despite all the sad moments, I definitely enjoyed this book. There were TONS OF FUNNY MOMENTS. Each and every character had their own funny and special moment, that at the end of the book, I fell for ALL of them. The Mark of Athena started off from the time when the Romans and Greeks demigod were about to meet. Did I tell you how excited I was for this moment to happen? Yeah, I was pretty much excited heheh.

Percy Jackson, as usual, was my favorite. I mean, hello, Percy Jackson is LIFE. But anyway, he was himself again, especially getting reunited back with Annabeth. That was, AWWWWW. Shippidy ship ship Percabeth. Also, I have forgot how much Percy LOVES to eat. He eats and eats and eats, even when danger is lurking forward. YUP, my type of guy.

Annabeth was the scary one in this book. I mean, she’s always fierce, with that warrior look. But in this book, I was legit scared for her. She had to go through the Athena quest alone, in which her dearest mommy was not even there to support her. UGH. Hatechu, Athena, you meanie. I was rooting for Annabeth throughout this whole book, because she was the one who had to handle tons of stuffs at once, and alone. And then, there were people dissing her about how she should not be a warrior because her mom was ONLY the god of wisdom. PUHLEASE. ANNABETH IS MORE AMAZING THAN ALL YOU ROMAN IDIOTS. Her character went through a whole lot of changes in this book, that I just wanna hug her and be like “there, there, mommy is so prouuuud of you.”

Leo. OH, LEO HAHAHA. I love love love Leo so damn much. He was the one who made this whole book freaking fantastic, to be honest. He turns everything into a joke, and it wasn’t even annoying. It was more refreshing, because the whole book already have that everybody is dooooomed background, so knowing that Leo is always there with his weird actions and funny, sassy remarks actually made this book a hella more interesting.

I don’t really have that much to say about the rest of the characters as of yet, or this would turn into a very long review, but these three had an impact on me, while reading. BUT another aspect of this book that I immensely loved was the rivalry between Percy and Jason. In the previous two books, we have seen both Percy and Jason stepped up as the leader in each of their teams. So what happens when they meet each other? Why, of course they would wanna be better than each other. Hearing Percy or Jason mumble and grumble about each other was pretty funny too.

“Never seen Jason fly before,” Percy grumbled. “He looks like a blonde Superman.”

Dang it, I neeed the next book now. Who am I kidding, it’s already downloaded into my Kindle HEHEH. 

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4 Responses to “Review: The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus #3) by Rick Riordan”

  1. I LOVE THIS ONE SO SO MUCH. I think it’s my favourite of the HoO?! Or maybe the 5th book is…gah ,who can say. They’re all incredibly brilliant. I LOVE that Percy is such a cute adorkable dork and likes to eat. And is also a softie. Aaaand likes to fight. hehehh. I love his an Annabeth’s relationship and they are SO one of my top OTPs. *nods*
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  2. This one was a little disappointing for me because I LOVED The Son of Neptune, but I loved a lot of the same things that you did. The clashes between the Greeks and the Romans, their meeting, Percabeth and the ending were amazing. I’ve been a fan of Rick Riordan forever, and I’m so glad these books were as good as they were. You won’t be disappointed by the rest of the books in the series, though House of Hades might bring some… surprises ;l #youhavebeenwarned DUN DUN DUN

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