Sadie Hawkins Sunday Review #96: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Sadie Hawkins Sunday Review #96: The Mark of Athena by Rick RiordanThe Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #3
Published by Disney Hyperion on April 8, 2014
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance
Pages: 586
Format: Paperback
Source: Gifted
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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 is be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.

Recommended by: Debby (Snuggly Oranges)

I should most definitely be a sobbing mess right now. That’s obviously what Riordan intended with that ending. The problem? I was waiting for it. And I don’t mean I was waiting for some sort of unidentified pain. I was waiting for the ending as it happened. Unfortunately, the one spoiler I knew about this series was the ending of The Mark of Athena. Womp womp. As such, The Mark of Athena, though fun as ever, wasn’t really an emotional read because the whole time I was going “it’s YOU, isn’t it?” (And, no, I won’t spoil the ending for others: look forward to some sort of pain.

In some ways, this is definitely my favorite of the series thus far. This book is primarily about Annabeth, which obviously is boss, because Annabeth is a boss bitch. It’s also the cutest Percabeth has ever gotten to be. I mean, Annabeth kisses Percy and then beats him up when they finally see each other again and it’s so perfect. Also there’s this one scene on the trireme which is super great. The fact that Annabeth loves him for being a bit of a doofus so she can be the smart one is so apparent and they’re fitting together so well.

Then there’s Annabeth’s quest. I like that she had her own shit to do. Annabeth got to lead a quest before, but even so it was more of a group effort. I think, of all of them, she gets the least chance to show off, since so many of the challenges are physical and Annabeth, though useful in a scrap, is more the brains of the operation. I like that Percy couldn’t protect her from this, much as he wanted to do so.

I’m a bit torn on the group dynamic. On the one hand, I’m loving that they’re coming to like each other. The tenuous connection between Frank and Leo is one of my favorite things. There’s also a lot of struggling with coming to terms with the fact that no one hero is THE hero. Jason and Percy are most afflicted with this, but all of them occasionally feel like they’re useless. Logically, I like this a lot, but I also got annoyed with it, since every one of them did a lot on the quest. There’s also a lot of space for more bonding still. Percy and Annabeth are pretty insular, as are Piper and Jason.

Leo still annoys me a bit, but also I feel so bad for him. He’s the seventh wheel on the ship of his own devising. He does not get appreciated as much as he should. That was finally starting to change by the end of the book, but he’s still the only demigod not in a couple, unless he decides to hook up with Hedge. Speaking of Hedge, why is he here? I thought there were only supposed to be seven on this quest? He makes eight. Do satyrs not count? Why not bring more creatures then if non-demigods don’t count?

My biggest struggle continues to be Piper and Leo, who I like even less than I did in The Lost Hero. They’re such wet blankets. I mean, Piper spends the WHOLE FUCKING BOOK being jealous of Reyna, even though Jason said he wasn’t into Reyna early on. Listen up, kids. That’s not healthy. You’re doomed. Break up. Piper chapters are painful chapters. Also, why don’t Jason, Hazel or Frank have chapters?

I’m really excited for The House of Hades, especially since I have no idea what’s going to happen in that one, except for lots of pain, which YES. The ending of The Mark of Athena was definitely awesome, if only I hadn’t been prepared for it.

Favorite Quote:

“And this is Annabeth,” Jason said. “Uh, normally she doesn’t judo-flip people.”

Reyna’s eyes sparkled. “You sure you’re not a Roman, Annabeth? Or an Amazon?”

Annabeth didn’t know if that was a compliment, but she held out her hand. “I only attack my boyfriend like that,” she promised.

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

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One response to “Sadie Hawkins Sunday Review #96: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan”

  1. A Roman Holiday GIF! Roman Holiday is such a wonderful movie, and my favorite Audrey Hepburn movie by far.

    I really liked this one, but my favorite in the series is House of Hades. Lots of Percabeth in that one! I’m not that into Jason and Piper either, although i don’t really dislike them. Leo grew on me, but initially he annoyed me.

    I really like Frank and Hazel together 🙂
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