Friday, October 19, 2012

The Mark of Athena: mini-review

Title: The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3)
Author: Rick Riordan
Genres: mythology, ya adventure
Rating: 4 stars!
Source: library
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 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. . . .

Warning, there are some obvious spoilers from the first two books. :)

This is probably one of the few series I'm still continuing to read from the tween section...because it totally rocks. I'm a HUGE fan of mythology, so I grab at any source to learn more about it and enjoy its crazy stories. Rick Riordan's series have a way of making learning all of that really fun for any kind of audience.

The difference between The Mark of Athena and the first two is that everyone's together and themselves again! *celebrates* Which is nice, because all those crappy losing-memory plots just rub me the wrong way. As the reader I feel like I need to shout "I know who you are and you need to remember now!! Please!! Feeling so useless here!!" So Percy and Jason are in their right minds now.

As for the plot, I think this is going to be a five-book series? It's progressing well; there's tons of action, great minor gods, and funny lines. I think my favorite god to meet was Narcissus. I was cracking up immediately upon meeting him, and the small chapter he's in is definitely a reread. Believe me, it's worth reading the book just for that part. Oh! But you still should read the rest, of course.

With so many main characters, (the seven of the prophecy, and Coach Hedge...I'm still not sure how he fits in...) it's easy to mess up writing all of their points of view and make the plot über confusing. But alas, that did not happen at all. Every three or so chapters the POV would change, and from one action scene to another, it all flows well. I felt each character gets an equal amount of screen time and they're all developing nicely.

If you remember the first two books, the cliffhangers are----- (next book) ----very annoying! At the end of this one some terrible things happen, including a Gandalf Maneuver, but there was an actual end, instead of a jaw dropping one-liner. Is that comforting?

It's a ways away, but I'm definitely looking forward to the fourth book The House of Hades getting a summary, a cover, and then finally becoming released!


PS: From the voting post a few days ago, I've decided to read (after Alice in Zombieland) Throne of Glass, Going Vintage, and then Falling Kingdoms. That should keep me busy for a bit with some library books stuck in between. Thanks for your opinions! I also added a new tab ^^^ to show which books I currently have from the library, review books, etc. to give a rough idea for which reviews will be coming. It's not in order of to-read as of yet. :)

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