Synopsis:In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six--who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?
The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery. . . .
With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.
My thoughts:After reading the first two novels in The Heroes of Olympus series, my expectations were quite high for the third installment. But the deeper and deeper I read, the more I was astonished and left wanting more. The Mark of Athena is a wonderfully written novel. It draws the reader in with action, romance, and complex conflicts. Although, I found it hard to believe how short the book genuinely felt. In reality the book is over 580 pages but it feels so much smaller when reading. I wasn't ready for the fantastic spectacle to end. The story seemed to go by so fast because of how much it dragged you in and outstanding use of language to help further the story. It also had mesmerizing action and romance cleverly combined into plot that had me on the edge of my seat. While The Mark of Athena is a fantastic book; you should consider reading the first two in the series before jumping into this one.
reviewed by Q. M., Grade 10 Scona student