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The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, The Book Three) (The Heroes of Olympus (3)) Paperback – April 8, 2014
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"With his now-trademark zero-to-60 acceleration, the author engineers a ghostly possession to set Greeks and Romans at odds and initiates the Prophecy of the Seven, hurtling Annabeth, Percy, Piper, Leo, Hazel, Frank and Jason into a pell-mell flight on the magical trireme Argo II. Here, Riordan's infectious love for his subject matter really comes through, even as he takes some real risks with his characters. A literal cliffhanger leaves eager readers hanging; next stop: Greece-and Tartarus."―Kirkus Reviews
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"Terrifying dreams and enigmatic prophecies mean danger for seven teen demigods, but also good times for fans of The Heroes of Olympus series. This third volume thrusts Percy, Jason, Annabeth, Hazel, Leo, Frank, and Piper into action once again. Throughout the novel, the juxtaposition of humor and terror makes both aspects of the writing more vivid. The demigods use their wits and their weapons skillfully in a string of encounters, and their insecurities make the characters all the more appealing. With a true storyteller's sense of pacing, Riordan creates another compelling adventure, right down to the cliff-hanger at the end. Stay tuned for volume four."―Booklist Online
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Riordan continues to blow me away with these books and I'm really not sure what I'm going to do when I finish this series. But luckily for me, I have almost a thousand pages before I need to worry about that. However, I digress, let's move on to the good stuff!
This book! Ahhhhhh!!!!! That covers it pretty accurately.
The Percabeth reunion! Perfection. It was done in true Percabeth form. "Hi, sweetheart, I'm sorry I went missing for six months after a nutty goddess stole my memory. Give me a kiss and then we'll go stop the vicious goddess of Earth from rising." I mean, what else did I expect?
Coach Hedge. I freaking love Coach Hedge; he's the perfect non chaperone chaperone to have on the "Argo II."
I loved seeing the "Big Seven" together for the first time (even if it wasn't the great first meeting) and I really enjoyed watching them grow as a team as the book went on.
I love each of the "Big Seven" but seriously, how can anyone not love Leo Valdez? The part with Leo and Echo and Narcissus had me laughing out loud. Oh goodness. Such a great moment.
The performing giants! Glad to see that the monsters are broadening their horizons a bit. Killing demigods just doesn't pay the bills, you know.
Annabeth is such a boss! I was literally cheering for her when she was on her journey, and she came out victorious! (Kind of, but we'll get to that in a minute.)
Thank you, Rick Riordan, for writing a kick butt female heroine that is smart, strong, and brave. I love that Annabeth was/is kind of the leader of the team; everyone looks to her because of her wisdom and knowledge. The feminist in me did a fist pump for that.
Ok, that freaking cliff hanger. What the what?! Rick! How could you do that to my babies? Ugh. I knew it was coming, but it was like my stomach dropped down with them.
This book was phenomenal! I'm loving this adventure with the gang, no matter how hazardous it is to my emotional health. :o)
Onward to the next one!
Riordan has created another great book series that has sparked the LOVE of reading in my child and it's priceless to me! I will buy anything he writes to keep my 10 year old son engaged in reading for the love of it. I love this author's work with all of my heart. If I ever meet Rick Riordan in person, I'm going to shake his hand and thank him for writing outstanding books LOVED by my son. I'll of course ask for an autograph in one of books too! (OR "Please take a sharpie to this Kindle cover! You're THE MAN!")
This school year, my son has become highly competitive by earning AR points in school (Accelerated Reader points). There's a donut party kids may attend if they achieve 100 AR Points in a semester. He's going to easily reach this goal since he's tearing through these books!!! Do I love that my boy WANTS to be a super reader?!! Yes, of course!!! I am in two book clubs, and I was bitten by the book bug at that age, and I could not be happier!
This momma is really, really happy! I may even have to start reading these to see what all the fuss is about. I enjoy reading young adult books sometimes. I'll just borrow my sons books when he's done.
I'm not sure he would have been talked into reading the first Percy Jackson book himself, but his teacher at school read it to them, and then he was hooked. We are now re-reading the Percy Jackson series together and then our plans are to read The Heroes of Olympus series together as well. Overall I am pleased because he is reading and the material is appropriate for his age and he is pleased because he found some books he really likes.
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 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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JASON GRACE, SON OF JUPITER
Suuuuuuuuure, he's just a Roman demigod, but I'm not really fond of this guy. Ever since we were first introduced to him in The Lost Hero, I just felt like RR was trying to create a new Percy & it's not going so well, and it's kinda reflected in this book. He picks a fight with Percy Jackson (and I know he was possesed but listen to this second part), AND HE ACTS BITTER AFTERWARDS!! LIKE,BOIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!
PIPER MCLEAN, DAUGHTER OF APHRODITE
In The Mark of Athena, it's clear that the goddess of love and the demigod of love don't really have that "bond". One of the very few times Piper met her mother, she literally ignored her like she was a backup dancer in a show. Aside from that, I felt like Piper had to choose between
I loved the fact that Annabeth and Percy were reunited, in fact I kept re-reading that scene over and over again because it was just too perfect. Plus the whole group of demigods finally meeting and starting the quest was also perfect. I simply just loved it.
All in all this book screamed intense action and perfect characters. It seemed to me that everything just clicked into place and we were finally seeing the dangers of what this quest and prophecy actually holds. It was just a brilliant book in a fantastic series.
If you are into Greek Mythology, or even if you aren't and want an entertaining book, I recommend this, and the other books in the series. They have all re-ignited my interest in Gods and Monsters.
UPDATE 30/01/2013: Just got around to finishing this book, and although I still think its brilliantly written, I wasn't keen on the ending - it was only a "kind-of" cliff-hanger with not enough tension. The slight downside on the ending wasn't enough to knock it down a star though.
Truly an Epic set of stories from the First to the Last!!!
From Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson Books 1-5 plus two more extra books on the Greek Gods and Demigods) and continuing all the way through (Heroes of Olympus Books 1-5).
To end with The Blood of Olympus. An Epic story all the way through, a great coming of age story in beautiful and rich environments full of danger and mystery. A thoroughly cracking read. I loved it so much, I read it twice through. Wonderful.
I find it remarkable how Riordan manages to write a book that focus on all 7 characters equally. It is not like the Percy Jackson series where it is mainly Percy that gets the spotlight, in here all demigod are seen equally as they are all individuals that are fun to learn more about and would play an important role to their quest in their own very unique ways. In here they are a TEAM - which makes it all the more fun to read! The plentiful of interactions between characters (and not just monsters) makes this book really interesting to read. Lastly, the ability of Riordan to make us learn morr about the ancient civilisations whilst at the same time enjoying yourself, still does not diminish. I have never been more interested to learn about Greek mythology, and now Roman history until I've encountered these great books of his.
I recomment to all Rick Riordan fans, especially those who followed through Percy Jackson's journey. He and his friends' wonderful adventures are not finished yet.
Despite all the ledgendary monsters, characters and items in the previous books there is almost no repetition in this book as Riordan keeps coming up with original ways to work in new myths ranging from the reasonably obscure to the very well known. This helps keep the series fresh.
I am not about to give away any spoilers but this is not the last book in the series and I think the ending was fantastic and sets up the next book to be the most interesting so far.
This book is back to being quite exciting and having some cool monsters and villans, however it seems a little simple, especially in comparison to the Percy Jackson (standalone) series.
There is a greater degree of character development than in the previous 2 Heroes of Olympus books, particuarly for Leo, Jason and Piper.
It's good but it's not Rick's best.
I still really enjoy it though.