The Mark of Athena
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus, #3
Genres: YA, urban-fantasy, mythology
In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six–who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?
The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land–Greece itself–to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery…
“We’re staying together,” he promised. “You’re not getting away from me. Never again.”
The Heroes of Olympus series gets better with each book. I’m still not sure that it manages the same magic as the original Percy Jackson and the Olympians series but it’s certainly not lacking for action and drama.
As usual there are various mythological cameos for me to fangirl over, this time including Arachne, Heracles and Nemesis. My favourite action scenes were Percy and Frank’s trip to the Atlanta aquarium, Chrysaor and his dolphin pirates and the explanation of the link between Hazel, Sammy and Leo.
Having all seven of the demigod heroes together for the first time is great, and gives Riordan the opportunity to show us them interacting in their various different combinations. At the moment, Frank is definitely my favorite of the five newbies. I loved his adventure with Percy, as well as the quieter touching moments with both Annabeth and Leo.
On the subject of Annabeth, I was a little disappointed. I love her, and she’s a brilliant character so when I saw the title was The Mark of Athena I expected this to be her book the way the previous two were Jason and Percy’s. On the whole, I suppose it was, moreso than any of the others. It’s just a problem with large casts I suppose, but I still wanted more scenes. I really liked the female interaction that Riordan did include especially the scene between Annabeth, Hazel, Piper and Aphrodite and the professionalism of the meeting between Reyna and Annabeth.
My favourite of the series so far.