Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, Book 3), The

Rick Riordan
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 to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery. . . . With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-01-14

This is the third installment of Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series. Finally, after a six month separation courtesy of the Goddess Hera, the two main protagonists, Percy and Annabeth, will be reunited at last. But truth be told, their reunion is cut short and the seven are forced to flee Camp Jupiter. With the seven demigods finally all together, the great prophecy tells them that they are headed to the ancient land of Rome, but Annabeth has her own agenda, as she must follow the “Mark of Athena,” which is a quest in where a child of Athena, handpicked by the goddess herself, must try to find something that was taken from her by the Romans long ago. None have been successful so far, putting immense pressure on Annabeth to make her mother proud! The heroes face many twists and turns in making their way to the ancient lands.

Riordan’s writing is as polished as ever, he weaves ancient mythology into modern day so flawlessly that you want to believe that these events really could have taken place. His plot is fully developed along with his multitude of characters that help move the story along. Even though this novel is written from multiple POV’s, they all come together to create a unified voice which makes the novel a pleasure to read.

Riordan triumphs again with this compelling story featuring our favorite demigods as they travel to the ancient lands to complete the great prophecy. He creates another engrossing tale, right down to the literal cliff hanger at the end. Mark your calendars for when book four releases, you’ll want to pick it up immediately.

Reviewed: 2017-01-02
There are two more books for this series? After 'The Son of Neptune' it seemed that maybe Riordan had found his footing with changing up the style of his writing and was better now that he was back with a familiar character. Unfortunately that did not hold up for the third installment of the 'Heroes of Olympus' series.
 
We're back on the adventures of Percy, Jason and company as we go off and explore, fight monster, have secrets from each other, find out some things about each other, etc. It's a standard Riordan adventure but unfortunately the schtick is wearing out.
 
The multiple narrators device is wearing thin. I didn't (and don't) expect him to switch back to a single POV since I think I understand what he's trying to do. But there are too many viewpoints (four this time) and his writing isn't strong enough to differentiate between characters. Even though I'm binging reading books 2-5 (had to wait to get these after reading Book One), I had trouble remembering who had what story and who had what secrets and who likes who, yadda yadda.
 
It's annoying though. There's enough here that I want to know how it ends so I guess I'll keep plugging away at the next two books. Thus far it seems like what Riordan should have done was alternate between Percy's and Jason's (either within each book or for each book) POVs and had these other characters as either occasional one-shots or as separate novellas. Because this really isn't working and I am genuinely shocked at apparently how many people love these books.
Reviewed: 2016-07-05
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Reviewed: 2016-02-06
Not my favorite book. Now that all the demigods are together I can definitely say my dislike for Jason has grown. He's still too perfect. Yeah him and Percy make a great team, but Percy is still better. I also hate how all the fantasy books I read have huge ass spiders in them. I in a way feel bad for Arachne. At the same time I just want to get a giant can of Raid and douse her with it. I seriously hope after they defeat Gaea the demigods get a break. Percy and Annabeth especially deserve one.
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