The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three
Leo wasn’t sure what he expected to happen. Sure, it would have been nice to fly into the Roman camp upon the Argo II with the Roman’s missing hero, Jason, and other members of Camp Halfblood to be welcomed with open arms. Instead, everyone looked at them like they were starting the next world war. But that wasn’t Leo’s fault. He couldn’t help it if the Mother Earth, the goddess Gaea, was still bent on revenge. Leo also didn’t like how this quest seemed to be putting him into impossible situations. Leo feels completely in control around machines. But why does he feel like he has no control over what will happen in the future?
"The one aspect I’ve enjoyed immensely about this series is that Riordan has chosen to have multiple narrators. Each one brings a breath of fresh air to whatever is happening and their unique perspectives keep things interesting."
Piper has seen the future and she doesn’t like it. It always ends the same --- Jason, Percy and her end up dying in a dark and abandoned cavern. Piper recognizes that her charm-speaking abilities can help her out in a pinch, but how do you charm-speak your way out of death? Plus, it’s not like Jason would be grateful or anything if Piper saved his life. He seems extremely distant to her and somehow locked in a battle of wills with Percy. Piper wasn’t sure what to expect on this quest, but it sure isn’t turning out the way she thought it would.
Percy had enjoyed his time as member of the Roman demigod camp, but boy was he happy when Annabeth showed up with Leo, Piper, and Jason on the Argo II. That happiness lasted for about a second as, inexplicably, the Argo II started firing on the Roman camp. Percy and his friends managed to escape, but now Percy is feeling the weight of two potential wars on his shoulders. Not only does he need to stop Gaea from destroying the world, but Percy also has to think about the Romans attacking his beloved Camp Halfblood and destroying all the Greek demigods. Good thing Annabeth is at his side, although if his dreams are telling him anything, that won’t last for long.
Annabeth knew from the beginning that the quest to stop Gaea would basically mean certain death. Ever since the Roman and Greek demigod camps became aware of each other, the gods seemed to have split personalities. They were essentially worthless in trying to fight against the Mother Earth. Not only that, but Annabeth’s mother, Athena, had told Annabeth to avenge her. Normally Annabeth would gladly comply, but there was just one little problem --- every demigod that attempted to avenge Athena had perished trying. Time, as always, is running out and everyone working together may not be enough.
THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS series has grown in depth and complexity, and Rick Riordan has handled it like a pro. There are many characters to juggle, but everyone has an important role and all their actions and storylines fit together seamlessly. The one aspect I’ve enjoyed immensely about this series is that Riordan has chosen to have multiple narrators. Each one brings a breath of fresh air to whatever is happening and their unique perspectives keep things interesting. And don’t worry, there is much, much more to come!
Reviewed by Benjamin Boche on October 25, 2012