The Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena

May 16, 2013

Science Fiction
By Rick Riordan
Reviewed by Anna D’Arcy
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

markofathena“Seven half-bloods shall answer the call
To storm or fire, the world must fall
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death”

Percy Jackson, the son of the Greek god of the sea Poseidon, is finally reunited with his girlfriend Annabeth when the Greek warship she is sailing on touches down in the Roman camp that Percy is staying at. Then, just a few days later, they are separated again. With five of their demigod friends, Percy and Annabeth must embark on a dangerous journey to the ancient lands across the Atlantic, a very challenging trip for young demigods. Along the way, they will encounter many obstacles, but they can’t stop. The fate of the world rests in their ability to follow the prophecy of the seven. Not only do they have to save the world, but Annabeth must also accomplish a solo quest to avenge her mother and follow the mark of Athena. Both tasks are nearly impossible. Will they have the skills to succeed?

During this book, the demigods must work together even though they are from rival camps and are enemies. Perseverance is a big part of the story as well as teamwork. Everyone needs to learn to work with new people and be able to tolerate difficult situations and that is exactly what the demigods are going to have to do. I would recommend this book to anyone who liked the other books in the series, since this is the third book in the Heroes of Olympus series, or to anyone who enjoyed the Percy Jackson books. I loved this book even though it did take a while to get through because it is so long, but just like the characters in the book, readers will persevere because the story is one you won’t want to miss.

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