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The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Summary: 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.511apj6b2bkl-_sx326_bo1204203200_

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 Brian 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. . . .

 

Review: I keep loving each book in this series more than the last. The adventure gets a little bit crazier and so much happens (not surprising since it’s almost 600 pages), but I never felt like I was being overloaded with information. Since this book follows seven demigods on the quest, I was worried too many main characters would make things confusing but it’s only told from four of their points of view so I was able to follow all the characters without feeling like too many voices were talking to me at once. I’ll just go into detail about the four whose point of views we see though I talk about a couple of the other characters in my review of The Son of Neptune.
As always, Percy is my favorite. I’m so so happy he and Annabeth were reunited at the beginning of this book because their separation during the first two books was absolutely awful. I really love their relationship. While they have a lot in common, in many ways they’re opposites and I couldn’t help thinking throughout the book how much they complement each other.
Annabeth is obviously my other favorite. As a daughter of Athena she’s extremely smart but she’s also tough and stubborn. She uses confidence to mask her doubts and fears and I really liked watching her struggle with that while she tried to be a good leader. During this book she had to undertake a quest all by herself and I loved seeing how resourceful and brave she can really be.
I just feel so bad for Leo. His mother died, his other family refused to take him in and now he’s finally found a home and friends but nothing seems to go right for him and it’s rarely his fault. At one point he does something terrible while possessed and even though he had no control and his friends don’t blame him, he still feels like the consequences of it fall on his shoulders. It doesn’t help that, because the other six demigods have grouped into couples, Leo’s usually just a seventh wheel. He’s an amazing character and I really hope things go better for him in the next books.
I’m never entirely sure how I feel about Piper. I seem to alternate between being annoyed and impressed by her. She’s a daughter of Aphrodite which might make you think she’d be really superficial but she actively tries to avoid the things that people expect from Aphrodite’s children. Her only demigod power is charmspeak; she can convince people to believe or do things just by speaking to them. Unfortunately it doesn’t tend to work on more powerful monsters so in most fights she’s not very helpful. However she’s smart and compassionate so she tends to be more of an asset outside of battles. I hope to see her grow more during the rest of the series.
Overall this was an amazing book. It ended on an awful cliffhanger so I can’t wait to start the next book and see what happens. I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA, fantasy, or mythology. I’d love to hear what you think in the comments and thanks for reading!
-Antonia

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