Publisher : Disney Hyperion
Rating : 10/10
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 . . .
Plot? You got it. Character development? Even better. Riordan still does what he best at; humors. Really, who can't help but laugh over Giant ballerina doing Pirouette in a tutu while fighting demigods? The whole silly-modern clash of mortal's world and twisted up mythology still is presented, even merrier. And as in this book, I can't help but recalling 12-year-old Percy Jackson, wandering in a quest to death; all seems very messed up and inappropiate somehow, but in this book, no more. The characters are all grown up and Riordan deals with it smartly. Riordan brings more actions, more romance and suited humors, and the quests do seem more appropiate for their age.
"So you think you can weave better than a goddess?" Riordan still offers us more about the gods; that they are not so charming and powerful after all. Though the gods in Riordan's world are slightly messed up (the confusing roman-greek thing, Dionysius drinking diet pepsi), I still like how Riordan adds a little twist in the Greek-Roman mythology and bring originality to it. But seriously, those gods are annoying and selfish as hell! And what bothers me the most is Athena. If I were Annabeth, I would just run to her and scream "FOR OLYMPUS'S SAKE MOTHERS, GAEA IS RISING! FORGET ABOUT YOUR STUPID GRUNGE AGAINST THE ROMAN! EVEN BETTER, FORGET ABOUT THE "FOLLOW THE MARK OF ATHENA, AVENGE ME" THING. YOU COULD JUST BUILD ANOTHER DAMN STATUE!" See? Nevertheless, I can't help but feeling overjoyed by the appearance of the mighty Hercules (or Heracles whatever). Sorry to spoil, but it's intriguing, eventhough Riordan makes him such a jerk.
I always enjoy following every single quests; it's thrilling, exciting and smart. Smart as in how those guys can actually overcome with such ideas to defeat monsters and trick gods. Never a dull moment. And in this book, the plot is steady, but it slows down sometimes to take note of everyone's situation (my favorite of course is Hazel, she's very longing and pityful somehow, I love her). The plot at the very end goes very fast, but it's forgivable regarding its epic twisted clash. But the ending, man, I never forgive Riordan for giving such an ending! IT'S A FUCKING YEAR AWAY, for Hera's sake! Duh.
Don't bother, Percy still is the real heroine in this book. I enjoy being in his mind the best. But, I can't deny that I also love (and very intrigued) to be in Annabeth's. I am impressed with her; she's strong, determined, and wise, typical Athena's child, but in her own graceful way. Annabeth is simply the key of this book. I also enjoy being in Leo's and Piper's mind. As for Leo, he always goes with his funny impressive way; I always love him. And it's sad for me to see him being a third wheel. I mean, Riordan, give him a break! 3 couples in the groupies and he's just alone with Festus and goatie Hedge? How sorry I am. In the other hand, I feel like Frank and Hazel are being faded at first, but then they simply shine more in every chapters. Now the romance, yes. Frank-Hazel? Where's the chemistry man! As for Jason and Piper, well, their relationship hasn't been far from "You are different. You are nothing like other sons of Jupiter." Speak of relationships, let's give a round of applause for Percabeth; they're addicting. The way Percy feel outstrength with Annabeth sometimes, but then he pulls his suave protective move over her. And Annabeth sort of dominant and longing feel towards Percy, man, they're turning my mind into seaweed! “Please, Percy...change your clothes. You smell like you've been run over by an electric horse.”
Mark of Athena is a serious page turning, seriously bitting. Don't say that I haven't warned you before; you won't have a heart to even take a break from this book. Riordan gave birth to a such compelling, complete, gripping and thrilling thick book that'll blow your mind away. Does it need recommendation? Speak for yourself, this book needs to be treated more than being recommended!