Monday, January 13, 2014

Book Review: Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Mark of Athena Review

Title: Mark of Athena
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #3; Percy Jackson #8
Author: Rick Riordan
Hardcover, 574 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Hyperion Book CH

“Hercules, huh? Percy frowned. "That guy was like the Starbucks of Ancient Greece. Everywhere you turn--there he is.”
Rick Riordan, The Mark of Athena

12127750Mark of Athena was a little different than the other demigod books, previously each book of the Heroes of Olympus series and the Percy Jackson series has only three heroes go on the quest—in Mark of Athena there are seven.  At first it was a little confusing trying to keep up with each demigod, but as the story progressed it gets easier.  Every time the demigods would get off the Argo II, they would break up into teams of two or three—this helped a lot.   One great thing about this book is it didn’t just focus Percy or Jason.  Annabeth, Piper, Leo, Hazel and Frank all got their time to shine.  Another cool thing I noticed about the Mark of Athena is that not only did I learn about Greek and Roman lore, but also historic events and landmarks in the United States.  The seven demigods plus the Camp Half Blood coach travel to many cities in the U.S. including Atlanta, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina.  In those Southern cities the demigods (as well as the readers) learn about the American Civil War.  Through this book I was able to travel across the southern US to Italy—a trip I may never take IRL. 


In this book Percy, Jason, Annabeth, Piper, Leo, Hazel and Frank flee from Camp Jupiter to fulfill the Prophecy of Seven.  Along the way the encounter may obstacles—a mysterious chill, misled Romans, angry sea gods, an overrated demigod, and many other trials.  Together they must learn two get along and to trust each other.  If the demigods don’t make it to Rome by the calens of July Nico DeAngelo’s life will end.


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “I love Rick Riordan.”  He is an absolute genius.  I always enjoy joining in on a demigod adventure.  Before Riordan was an author he taught was a middle school teacher (English and social studies—for figure). Back then he taught about mythology nearly every year.  Through the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus series, I can see how passionate Riordan is about history and mythology.   Rick Riordan’s books have allowed us to join a modernized world of the gods, travel to many corners of the globe, showed us that learning disabilities aren’t an excuse, and that a family is made of those who care about you the most.

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