The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Posted by Caitie F on December 16, 2014
Summary 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 masthead, 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 demand: 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….
Ha! Take THAT Top Ten Tuesday season reading lists. It tok me FOUR lists, but I finally read this book!
And it was SO good. I think this is one of the most fun series. The characters are funny and brave. The plots are getting better and better. The writing is accessible and fun. How many kids now love reading because of these books? If I knew any reluctant readers, I would give them the books by Rick Riordan, and I bet they would be hooked.
Did you read that summary from the publisher? It focused on my favorite character, Annabeth. It isn’t just her story (there is plenty of Percy and Jason being funny, heroic, and sometimes not so smart), but her story is a big part of this book and that is part of what made this particular book awesome. All of the demigods have interesting problems and struggles and really getting to see Annabeth’s side of things, especially some of her frustrations.
Watching Percy and Jason trying to interact with each other was….interesting. They are used to being in charge and being the alpha, but they have to try to actually work together and it doesn’t always go so well.
The whole book was so much fun and hard to put down. My only issue was that it wasn’t really a complete story, it was more of a to be continued…
If you are looking for great middle grade, you really should pick up Rick Riordan’s books. Let’s hope it doesn’t take me a year to read the next one.