First Impression Friday: “The Mark of Athena” by Rick Riordan

Hot on the tail of The Son of Neptune, let’s start The Mark of Athena, book three in the Heroes of Olympus series.

From GoodReads:

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

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

The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, #3)

We’ve finally closed the gap between the Greek and the Roman demigods, bringing Camp Half-Blood in contact with Camp Jupiter – only for it to go incredibly wrong. I read all of Annabeth’s chapters in the beginning of the book (the first five, if you’re wondering) before sitting down to write this.

In the first few chapters, we learn that Minerva, Athena’s Roman counterpart (and Annabeth’s mother) is a maiden goddess, and so in Rome, Annabeth wouldn’t even exist. There’s already an uneasy truce going on between the Greeks and the Romans, but that all changes when Leo gets possessed and fires from the Argo II (the flying warship he built in the end of The Lost Hero) directly onto the Roman senate, creating chaos.

I’m sensing that this book is going to have a long uphill battle for our friends the demigods, with Annabeth, Leo, Percy, and Piper all narrating. I’m assuming the next book will be narrated by Jason, Hazel, Frank, and…maybe Reyna? Who’s to say?

I am a little frustrated that our strong, independent Annabeth has turned all mushy at the thought of being around Percy again, but then I remember my first boyfriend at the age of eighteen and it all makes sense as to why she’d be all over him as soon as they got back together.

Each book so far in this series has had a massive battle at the end, getting bigger and bigger in scale, so I’m expecting something terrible to be happening at the end of this one. Once The Mark of Athena is over, we’ll be over halfway through the series. The demigods are supposed to be heading towards Rome/Greece in this one, so we’ll see who survives and who doesn’t. (There’s been a lot of creepy foreshadowing in the previous two books about sacrifices and choices people will not have to make.)

Do you like the Roman or the Greek gods more? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading.

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