The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus #3) by Rick Riordan
Publication: October 2nd, 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy
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 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 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 Brian 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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Annabeth had a disturbing conversation with her mom. She has been tasked with following the Mark of Athena to the Athena Parthenos in Rome to bring the Roman and Greek demigods to a reconciliation. The book starts with the reunion of the Greek trio and the Roman trio but especially with Annabeth and Percy. The Greeks are there to show they come in peace and that they are getting ready to go on the big quest to the ancient lands of Greece and Rome that Gaea and her forces want to destroy. But a spirit posses Leo to attack the Roman camp so things get off to a bad start. Now the Romans are out for blood and if the gang can’t stop them from attacking Camp Half-Blood and close the Doors of Death then everything will come crumbling down. The hardest part is that when they get to Rome Annabeth must make the journey alone oh and they have to save Nico from dying. All in the days work for the demigods.
Prophecy & Meaning
Wisdom’s daughter walks alone—The Mark of Athena burns through Rome, (Annabeth has to follow the Mark by herself with no help)
Twins snuff out the angel’s breath, Who holds the key to endless death. (Twin giants trapped Nico Di Angelo (Angel in Italian) in a jar with no air, Nico knows where the Doors of Death are)
Giants’ bane stands gold and pale, Won through pain from a woven jail. (Athena Parthenos statue, Arachne’s jail that she wove herself)
This book now features all seven demigods. But I spoke of the six in the last two reviews so I will talk about some other people I didn’t mention. Annabeth, Reyna, and Octavian. I forgot to mention how diverse the characters are. Frank is Chinese, Hazel is black, Nico is Italian and gay (we find out in book four or five), Piper is white and Cherokee, Leo is of Mexican descent, and Reyna is Puerto Rican.
Annabeth, as you know, is the child of Athena. As the seven make their way to Rome to defeat Gaea Annabeth is tasked with something no child of Athena has accomplished. We get to see a lot more of her now that she has a point of view. It is not easy being a child of the goddess of wisdom. She struggles a lot with feeling inadequate. She is incredibly smart and I love how much we see her growth in her feelings with Percy.
Reyna is a leader in Camp Jupiter. She has had to be strong and work hard to gain the respect she has gotten. She is Puerto Rican and that touched my heart that Riordan made an incredibly strong female character who I can see myself in. She puts her people first and cares about protecting them. She has a softer side but hides it behind a tough exterior and she deserves the world.
Octavian is a bit of an antagonist but he is more so an annoying pest.
Annabeth didn’t mean to, but she surged forward. Percy rushed toward her at the same time. The crowd tensed. Some reached for swords that weren’t there. Percy threw his arms around her. They kissed, and for a moment nothing else mattered.
“I’ll come back for you.” He kissed her on the cheek. “Promise.”
He felt all the pent-up pressure inside the tank, and he put it to use. Water liked to be free. Given time, water could overcome any barrier, and it hated to be trapped, just like Percy.
Percy stood on the dock, holding Annabeth’s dagger. “You dropped this,” he said, totally poker-faced. Annabeth threw her arms around him. “I love you!”
“Being a hero doesn’t mean you’re invincible. It just means that you’re brave enough to stand up and do what’s needed.”
“…You were the hero that time.” “We can take turns,” she suggested. “I don’t deserve you.” “You’re not allowed to say that.” “Why not?” “It’s a breakup line. Unless you’re breaking up—” Jason leaned over and kissed her.
Jason understood immediately. He laughed, and Percy felt a spark of friendship. This guy thought the same way he did about a lot of things. “On three?” Jason said. “Why wait?”
“We’re staying together,” he promised. “You’re not getting away from me. Never again.” Only then did she understand what would happen. A one-way trip. A very hard fall. “As long as we’re together,” she said.
Then Percy let go of his tiny ledge, and together, holding hands, he and Annabeth fell into the endless darkness.
“Percy is the most powerful demigod I’ve ever met. No offense to you guys, but it’s true. If anybody can survive, he will, especially if he’s got Annabeth at his side…”