The Mark of Athena
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Middle Grade
Rating: 4 out of 5
In the third book of the Heroes of Olympus, the seven heroes finally unite in order to stop Gaea from rising, but not without some hitches. For one, Leo has kind of started a war between the Romans and the Greeks and not only do they need to accomplish their mission, they need to make sure they don't die so they can go back and save Camp Halfblood and stop and the war. Piper knows that things will go badly, she's seen it, but she doesn't really know how that's supposed to help them avoid it. And Annabeth has her own special mission that means she'll have to leave her friends in order to finish it--if she can't it's all for nothing. But can a group of Romans and Greeks really keep it together long enough to stop Gaea and find the doors of death?
I love love love love love love love love love love love love love Rick Riordan. I may be going a bit overboard with that, but I really do. He is such a terrific storyteller! I know I've said this before, multiple time, but I just can't get over how well he does this.
In this book, we're finally back with Annabeth who is struggling because she's happy to be leader and have Percy back at her side, but she knows she'll have to leave them soon. If they can even reach their destination. I felt there was more "romantic" stuff in this book between Annabeth and Percy. Now, by more, I don't mean that it suddenly turns into a romance. The focus is still on the mission and the adventures that ensue because of that is what drives the story, but it's still there--more so than in previous Percy Jackson books.
Piper is my least favorite character. She didn't seem as strong as she did in the first book. I was ready to skim through her parts a lot more, but kept myself from doing so.
Leo is still my favorite! He's always making mistakes, which I appreciate. He is far from perfect and he kind of embraces that when it's possible. Leo is also the odd man out, which makes me feel sad for him, but he starts coming into his own in this book a little more. He's in control of their ship and saves the day a few times.
So in conclusion, I love this series. One day I will finish it. There is so much that happens in each book that they're pretty long and so it takes me awhile to get through one of them. I'll try get the fourth book read before the end of the year.