The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

The Mark of Athena - Rick Riordan
AudioBook, 12 parts
Narrated by: Joshua Swanson
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Heroes of Olympus, #3
Source: Library via OverDrive
For fans of: Adventure, Action, Romance, Mythology (Roman/Greek), Fantasy, Sparkly Covers, YA

     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.


     There's really nothing I can can say bad about this series or the author. He's been getting me through so much (homework and stressful times) with his humor and super cool adventures. I'm not sure which series I love more, but I'm so glad he decided to make this spin-off series.
     I have a friend that had been telling me to read this FOREVER when this came out. I never had time because I had been putting it on the back burner since I was so late to reading the very first one. Finally, I just said forget it and started listening to the audio books. I'm 100% glad I found some type of way to make time. I'm also glad I went with the audiobooks. The narrator, Joshua Swanson, is AWESOME!!!
     In this addition to the series we see the demigods all joining together to complete yet another dangerous quest. This time it has to do with something very important, The Mark of Athena. Annabeth is having dreams and her mother has made an appearance with one imperative instruction: Follow the Mark of Athena. And knowing their lives as demigods, this will not be an easy task.
     I think this one is my favorite book of the series because it unites the Roman and Greek demigods together for real They all have individual tasks, but are all working together to carry out the prophecy of finding the Doors of Death. Seeing them all work together and meeting all the gods (the Greek ones shape shifting into the Roman ones) was pretty cool.
     And LAWDDDDDD that ending!!!!!!!!!!! Riordan, if I didn't love you so much, I'd hate you. You guys, if you haven't read this book, please have Book 4 House of Hades readily available because let me tell you.... This one ends on a cliffhanger. And I mean that quite..... LITERALLY. Thank the gods I was warned beforehand by a friend that I would need to check out House of Hades at the same time or maybe a couple days before hand. I'm 1,000% glad I waited until now to read this because there is no way I would've been able to wait an entire year for the next installment!