The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, #3)

My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ of 5!

 

 


New prophecy, new characters, new adventures.
Beware: this review contain spoilers!


 

Mark of Athena

It is time to reunite the Greek and the Roman Demigod’s through the seven half-bloods who are destined to answer the prophetic call. If you remember where we left the son of Neptune, and his two new friends you’ll know that Jason, Piper, Leo & Annabeth are on their way to camp Jupiter travelling on the Argo II

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That’s right, we finally know who those seven demigods are Please allow me to introduce:

  • Jason Grace, son of Jupiter (originally from Camp Jupiter)
  • Piper McLean, daughter of Aphrodite (originally from Camp Half-Blood)
  • Leo Valdez, son of Hephaestus (originally from Camp Half-Blood)
  • Annabeth Chase, daughter of Athena (originally from Camp Half-Blood)
  • Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon (originally from Camp Half-Blood)
  • Hazel Levesque, daughter of Pluto (originally from Camp Jupiter)
  • Frank Zhang, son of Mars (originally from Camp Jupiter) 

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Our friends from Camp Half-Blood arrive in the Argo II and welcomed into Camp Jupiter.


I would love to say with open arms, but that wouldn’t be entirely true! It is a bit awkward and mixed because Jason used to be one of the camps leaders, with Reyna. Then Juno kidnapped him, and Percy took his place. So now Jason returns home, with the Greeks, to his camp which is now being led by one Greek. Confusing? Luckily, Rick explains it much better than me!

We also get to the scene we’ve all been waiting for: Annabeth and Percy together again ❤ When Annabeth sees Percy she tackles him, and tells him never to leave her again. It was so true to their characters, a completely over the top romantic reunion wouldn’t have been right for these two.

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Unfortunately, the meet and greet doesn’t really go according to plan and it doesn’t take much for the old resentment and distrust to be stirred right back up. I guess not taking “much” isn’t technically true, as what happens is, Leo opens fire on camp Jupiter and our heroes have no choice but to board the ship and take off as fast as possible.


This book is filled with adventure, angst, love and excitement.


So many different things are happening in this book: ego’s need stroking, underwater policies are not straight forward and, performance anxiety does really pop up and the most inopportune of times.

 

Like that’s not enough, as we learned in the previous books, the Giants that Gaia is bringing back can only be killed by gods and Demigods together, so tributes must be paid in order to gain the gods help.

Because things are never easy, there’s also another prophecy that can’t be ignored:

“Wisdom’s daughter walks alone,
The Mark of Athena burns through Rome.
Twins snuff out the angel’s breath,
Who holds the key to endless death.
Giants’ bane stands gold and pale,
Won through pain from a woven jail.”

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If you have any prior knowledge about Greek mythology, I’m guessing the last line is easy to figure out, but to me that didn’t lessen the suspense at all! 

We meet some of my all time favourite legends, heroes, gods and of course villains. Like that’s not enough I really appreciated getting to know the seven half-bloods better and, in this book where they’re finally united, their similarities and differences really starts to shine through more and more. 

By now we also know that Hazel’s half-brother is none other than Nico Di Angelo, who Percy met at camp Jupiter in the previous book. After they freed Thanatos, he went out to investigate the Doors of Death by himself, which we learn backfired and, with time of the essence to free him – which does create a lot of tension on board the Argo II, when not everyone is as eager to find him, as Hazel. 

Personally, I’m still on team Percy! I don’t know why, but I really don’t like Jason. He’s too serious and perfect for my liking. I much prefer someone like Percy that’s a bit goofy and ends up winging it half the time. Because when push comes to shove, his heart is in the right place, and he’ll walk through fire for the people that come into his life.

Even though, the seven are united there’s still a lot that needs to be done, which means the Demigods needs to split up from time to time. This creates a lot of secondary storylines running parallel to the main plot. I think it’s safe to say that, Rick absolutely nailed it in this book, which makes it one of my favourites in both the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympians series.

I don’t want to say too much, but the ending is absolutely epic! 

 

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