I thought the challenges and actions in this book were outstanding. I appreciated the twists and turns that were added as new myths and legends were told. I think it is one of Riordon’s best stories so far. My review definitely sounds like a teacher – I really appreciate when people are challenged and their efforts are respected. I’ll try to tone it down, but if you know me, you know that taking risks, being committed to achieving greatness and being kind are my top three. I think this book has that, along with lots of interesting twists. Enjoy!
574 exciting pages of adventuring quest
Working together is the only way to save humankind. This is more challenging than it seems. The Greeks don’t like the Romans. The Roman’s don’t trust the Greeks. Gaea is working to gather the power and energy she needs to reawaken, That means that nothing touching earth is as it seems when you’re a demigod. The Giants are hoping to regain their authority. That means nothing is as it seems underground. The Gods are in chaos – which strength, which image should they let appear to the demigods charged by Hera/Juno to bring peace to Earth. That means being in the air may not be safe either. This is the turmoil Leo, Hazel, Jason, Percy, Annabeth, Piper and Frank must journey through. If they fail, our world will fail too. What will rise in its place?
The Mark of Athena continues the story begun when the Prophecy of the Seven was foretold. Greek and Roman demigods must not let Gaea rise while defeating the giants, thwarting the eidolons and gathering long lost secrets along the way. When the way for the quest was established, the makers could not conceive of cooperation among enemies, but so far in the quest it has been cooperation that helped them through each challenge; cooperation and genuine care for others and humanity. Each one of the heroes has his or her special talent and unique weaknesses. Only through accepting both the good and the bad and making a total commitment to respect and trust each other can they discover what the world needs.
It is comforting to know that gods get scared, that they make bad decisions and that they have to deal with the consequences of their mistakes. It is also comforting to know that self-centered, egotistical power is undone and outwitted while friendship, family and dedication struggles on. There is strength in this quest because of the trust and respect shown by and for each of the characters. You’re sure to enjoy The Mark of Athena. The only down side is that The House of Hades is a year away.