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

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.

Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Series: Heroes of Olympus (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423140605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423140603
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4,062 customer reviews)
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3 thoughts on “The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, Book 3)”

  1. This is a very fun read. I like it because it feels different enough from the other books. There’s action – but not too much. Instead we get to see the characters who were separted for so long kind of merge and the struggles that go with that. There’s a lot of drama relationship wise, and I know Percabeth fans will be very happy with this book because there are a ton of Percy/Annabeth moments.

    I also thought it was interesting seeing so many different views of Percy. Of course we know him very well, but then you have Piper’s view point who is like – well Jason is way hotter.

    And in this book we are FINALLY able to get to know Annabeth a lot more, even more than we did Percy in this book (which is kind of disappointing) I think her personality really shines. In the Percy Jackson books we had Percy’s POV of Annabeth, but Annabeth is a master at hiding her emotions. She is a really complex person underneath that blonde hair, and I like that. Plus, she really cares for Percy, and she has such a big burden that doesn’t have such a simple solution which made for an exciting read.

    A problem I found with this book was that there were too many view points that didn’t offer anything meaningful. Piper is sort of just there, and more worried about her relationship. Sadly, Percy also seems like a filler character. He has some concerns but I don’t think his POV added much besides that. Annabeth and Leo combined told the story well, and the thoughts of the other characters could’ve been told somehow through their chapters. I almost wish Frank or Hazel also had a POV but I suppose that’s for the next book.

    What I really loved in this book were all the funny moments. Leo is quickly becoming my favorite character. He’s likable in that Percy kind of way, but different enough with his own problems that it’s not tiring.

    Overall a solid book. As usual the wait for next year is going to be long and hard.

  2. I am a major Percy Jackson fan, Ive read every single book- and loved all. This book was no exception, it was amazing!

    I was very excited to read the Percabeth meet up that was torture for waiting ONE YEAR! The meet up was not how I excpected but that didnt make it bad. It was still great!

    The POVs were good, I thought there was going to be 7 POVs but now I realized, that would have been awful. The four POVs worked very well.

    I really liked how Annabeth was in this a lot. It let me get to know her, shes a very interesting person and it was fun getting to learn from her point of view! Also Leo’s chapters were very good. He was just the right amount of funny and serious. I felt like those POVs were the best and most important of all of the POVs. Of course Percy’s was very interesting and funny but it did seem rather fillerish and I looked forward to Annabeth and Leo’s the most.

    Now, we have Piper. I love Piper and all, she’s an amazing character but not all of her chapters were the best. Most were of course, I mean this is RICK RIORDAN we’re talking about, but some where all about her relationship with Jason. I fully support that but some of those chapters were fillers.

    Jason, Hazel and Frank- the triangle between Hazel, Frank and Leo was very well written and I loves reading those parts. I hope to have Hazel and Franks POVs in the next chapter! Jason, isn’t my favorite character- but this book made me love him! Not as much as Percy and Leo but more than I excpected! I also look forward to his point of view in the next book.

    The mythology and fights were brilliant as always- no complaints!

    So overall, this book is an AMAZING book! I really love it and have already re-read it, and.if I could, I’d rate it 10 stars!

    Great job as always Riordan! And wish me good luck waiting for The House Of Hades!!

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  3. My oldest son made me read The Lightning Thief a few years ago, and after whipping through that series, he and I both await each new entry into the series with excitement. I just finished reading it on the Kindle, and the hardcover awaits my son. So let me start by saying I enjoyed this book almost as much – but not quite – as the others to date. I enjoy the characters, the mythology, Riordan’s ability to portray the ages and culture of the teenage characters. I loved that the new series (The Heroes of Olympus) brought back favorite characters and the familiarity of the demigod world while still keeping his material fresh with new characters and the introduction of the Roman camp and demigods.

    In The Lost Hero, I enjoyed having the narrative voice switch from character to character – it made a nice change from the first series and gave insight into more than one character. Riordan repeated this device in The Son of Neptune, and while it still worked, I never developed the attachment to Hazel and Frank that I had for Jason, Piper and Leo. I realized that for me, it was because Percy’s narrative voice was familiar and overshadowed the others. I couldn’t get “into” Hazel and Frank because I just wanted to go back to Percy’s POV. So, while I’ve enjoyed the changing narrative voice, which I think is one of the ways Riordan is distinguishing the second series from the first, it presents some challenges. And for me, using the different POVs was a challenge that didn’t work as effectively in Mark of Athena.

    As hinted at in Son of Neptune, Mark of Athena brings together all 7 demigods. So I expected to read chapters from all 7 points of view. That’s not the case.Read more ›

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