Review: The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, #3) by Rick Riordan

markofathenaAnnabeth 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….

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THIS WAS LEGITIMATELY MY REACTION TO EVERY SINGLE MOMENT IN THIS BOOK:

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Seriously. This book was incredible.

This is, by far, my favourite Rick Riordan book, ever! I fell deeply in love with the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and the first two books in Heroes of Olympus, but this book is definitely my favourite. In fact, THIS BOOK WAS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC AND I LOVED IT SO SO SO SO SO MUCH!

What makes this book for me is definitely the characters. Rick Riordan has a real, wonderful talent at developing such strong, interesting and incredibly intriguing characters. They have always seemed three-dimensional, almost jumping off the page, and this book continued to develop them further. In fact, these characters are probably some of the best that I have ever read.

Rick Riordan also does a wonderful job at demonstrating the different friendships and relationships between the group. I loved reading scenes with Leo, Hazel and Frank; Piper, Hazel and Annabeth; Percy and Jason.

  • Annabeth Chase is the best character in this series, and one of my all time favourite characters. I am amazed by how much my love for Annabeth grows with each book that I read. She has quickly become one of my all time favourite literary characters, and this book focused heavily on her. This allowed for Annabeth to develop more individually and we are able to see how kick-ass she really is. I loved that we got to see Annabeth on her own, fighting for what she believes in and for those that she cares about. But what really impressed me was, even with Percy and Jason on board, Annabeth still comes across as the leader of the seven.
  • But, slowly, without even realising it, Leo has become the character that I want to read about. Leo has very quickly become one of my all time favourite characters, mainly because I relate to his character quite a lot. (Also, does he remind anyone else of Cisco Ramon from The Flash?) I really liked how this book focused a lot on Leo’s development, meaning that we are able to observe a number of different sides to his character.
  • I really like how Piper is developing. I was kind of worried that Piper was going to be pushed to the background, but Rick Riordan makes sure that each of these characters received enough time to develop. And Piper is no exception. I really enjoyed Piper during The Lost Hero, but I loved how she developed during this book. The scene with her mother, Aphrodite, was a wonderful way to understand her more.
  • I am literally amazed by how much Percy Jackson has developed. He is definitely not the same kid from Percy Jackson and the OlympiansPercy Jackson has been one of my favourite literary characters to read about. I loved him during the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, but I am simply amazed by how he has developed into a wonderful person. He is definitely not the same kid from the first series. He has matured and grown, and Rick Riordan does a wonderful job at portraying that personal growth.
  • I really, really like Hazel — and I cannot wait to learn more about her. Hazel is a wonderful surprise for me. I loved her in the last book, but she has become such an intriguing character throughout this one. It is interesting to read about a character that is not from the same time period as everyone else and the challenges she faces between of being displaced in time. I look forward to seeing how Rick Riordan decides to develop that storyline in the later books. Additionally, whilst I like reading about her relationship with Frank, I found myself anticipating the scenes between her and Leo. I cannot wait to see how their friendship develops!
  • I’m still a little unsure about Jason, but I do like him. I also like the fact that he seemed more human in this book. During the first book, Jason Grace had the potential to become a cardboard cut-out hero, but he has developed into a very interesting character. I liked how he had to really work at being a hero, he isn’t automatically the star of the story, which I think really humanises the character. Jason doesn’t always succeed — in fact, he is knocked out a number of times (which kind of became annoying after the first time!) — but he is always willing to try again, no matter what.
  • Frank is probably my least favourite character of this book, but I can see him really redeeming himself in my eyes. Please don’t hate me, Frank fans! But it just kind of annoyed me that Frank spent the majority of this book jumping back from things and feeling insecure about his relationship with Hazel. I mean, I understand the reasons why, but it was becoming a recurring joke. I really, really want to like Frank, but he is unfortunately my least favourite member of the group. Yet, I am remaining optimistic! I am looking forward to seeing how he develops throughout the rest of the series.
  • Nico… poor Nico! I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I’m just going to go with the following: OH MY GOD, NICO IS BACK!

Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase are a fantastic couple. I ship Percy and Annabeth with every fiber of my being. These two have seriously broken my heart with their pure epic-ness. I have really enjoyed watching this couple develop throughout the two series, and this book only continued to demonstrate what a wonderful couple they are. I really liked how worried Percy was about Annabeth and her quest, but he never tried to make Annabeth feel as though she wasn’t capable. Because he realises her strength, and admires it. I don’t know, they are just so beautiful! 🙂

And I absolutely love the humour. I absolutely love Rick Riordan’s humour — I always crack up laughing every time I read one of his books. They are definitely some of the most humorous books that I have ever read. And this book is no exception. For example, Leo is hilarious. His chapters were always filled with humour and are definitely the best parts of the book.

I cannot wait to read the last two books! The more that I delve into this series, the more I become entranced with the overall plot. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!

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9 thoughts on “Review: The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, #3) by Rick Riordan

  1. This and House of Hades are my favourites in this series! I loved seeing more of Annabeth in this book and her and Percy are my OTP forever. The ending of this book destroyed me, it was torture having to wait for House of Hades, haha. I loved reading all your thoughts and agree with everything. So glad you enjoyed this!! Fantastic review 😊

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