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Synopsis:

“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 his 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 figurehead, 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 command: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that  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 scarifies, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare…”

Review:

Rick Riordan has once again put a smile on my face. He never fails to let me down.

The Mark of Athena was one of my favorite books that I have read by this author so far.

I loved how much travel there was incorporated into this book. Yes, we got to see our characters travel around the US but then we got one of the things that I had been waiting for since I read Percy Jackson last year. We got to see them travel outside the US and into Rome in this book. It made me so excited. I know in the next book, The House of Hades, we get to see them go to Greece which is also extremely exciting and I can’t wait to see where else they may travel.

I also really enjoyed that this book focused a ton on Annabeth. Annabeth has been one of my favorite characters since I read Percy Jackson and I always wanted to see things from her perspective and really see her come into her own. And we got that in this book. She really was a strong character to read from and her character development was just great. I just really enjoyed reading from her perspective and I can’t wait to see more of her in the future books.

I think that the author did a great job with not making the romances in this book the main point of focus of this book. Yes, the reunion between Percy and Annabeth was adorable but I’m glad that that romance (as well as any other romances featured in this series) was front and center and was kind of only included on the side.

The plot of this book was also great. I enjoyed all of the battles scenes. However, and this has been kind of main problem with this series, I wanted more action. I also found it to be kind of rushed in some parts but other than that it was great.

Overall, this was a great book. Once again, Rick Riordan never fails to impress me. I can’t wait to continue on with this series and find out what will happen next!

RATING: 4.5/5

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