Author: Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus, #3
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Genre: YA Fantasy, mythology
Bottom Line: Percy & Annabeth reunited
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Blurb: 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...
Review: Until I started this series, I didn't realize how much I love Annabeth and Percy as a couple. Since they've been separated, I've been waiting for the reunion, and in The Son of Neptune Rick Riordan takes us right to the cusp... and ends the book. I just couldn't leave things unresolved, so I decided to read just the first few chapters of The Mark of Athena, but Rick Riordan pulled me in again and I couldn't set it down.
Continuously changing the voice of the narration can be literary suicide, but Rick Riordan pulls it off with ease. It helps that each adventure switches to a different character's point of view. Without backtracking, Riordan makes it clear where everyone stands on what has taken place thus far up through the narration switch. Honestly, the story wouldn't work as well if it were told from one point of view.