The Mark of Athena : Heroes Of Olympus

  • by Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by Joshua Swanson
  • Series: Heroes Of Olympus
  • 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 Brain by her side.

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Something Changed

The main thing is, that I'm far from the target age of the series,
but ever since the Percy Jackson movie (2010),
I started reading from the beginning,because I couldn't believe
that book would be the same piece of **** as the movie,
and indeed it was very interesting and much better than Chris Columbus production, but ever since Rick Riordan's new serieses (Heroes of Olympus; Kane Chronicles) the quality has significantly dropped.

The Idea of multiply divided world and the gods with schizophrenic paranoia and multiple personality disorder, might be interesting but presentation was not as good as first five books.

I dropped Kane chronicles in the middle of the first book,
the Heroes of Olympus took me 2.5 books to finally understand,
that I should wait the end of the series and perhaps read it then.

PS
Heroes of Olympus series doesn't have the same appeal as the first five books.
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- Professor "1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)"

Another Solid Story in the Heroes of Olympus Serie

I continue to find great joy in Rick Riordan's books. The Heroes of Olympus series builds significantly on his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. In this third book, the demigods of Camp Halfblood must join forces with the demigods of Camp Jupiter on a world-wide quest. The Greeks and the Romans must work together, which is no small task as they were not even aware of each other! Moreover, an incident in the beginning of the book causes war to break out between the Greeks and Romans. Seven demigods (from both camps) are chosen for this quest: Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Frank, Hazel, and Leo. In this quest, the demigods work to fight the rise of Gaea and save Nico di Angelo. In addition, Annabeth must go on her own quest to follow the Mark of Athena in the hope of finding and saving the Athena Parthenos. It is believed that this statue will help bring peace to both the Greeks and Romans by uniting Athena with her Roman form, Minerva.

There is a lot going on in this story, and it takes the characters all over the United States, across the Atlantic Ocean, through the Straits of Gibraltar, and on to Rome. In the past, I have frequently given Riordan's books five stars. I'm giving this one only four stars for one main reason: the number of characters is starting to get a bit challenging because its not always easy to remember who is Greek and who is Roman. In addition, the relationships between and among the demigods are becoming rather complex. The only way I could remember which demigod was which was by thinking about who he or she was dating--or not dating. In some ways, this caused the book to slip a bit into the teen romance genre, which is not what I enjoy about the series. While I understand it's a common part of growing up, I am hopeful that there will be just a bit less emphasis on it in subsequent books in the series.
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- Scott Fabel "I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-02-2012
  • Publisher: Listening Library