The Mark of Athena pdfTo download now please click the link below.http://amzn.to/13CyVV0OverviewAnnabeth is terrified. Just when shes about to be reunited with Percy—after sixmonths of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing forwar. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, shecan’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With itssteaming bronze dragon masthead, Leos fantastical creation doesnt appearfriendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassurethe Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.
And thats only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from hermother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avengeme. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send sevendemigods on a quest to find—and close—the Doors of Death. What more doesAthena want from her?Annabeths biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if hesnow attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughterof 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 unforgettablejourney across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprisingsacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare....ReviewsBefore I begin this review, I would like to note that there are spoilers. However,due to the length of the review and the fact that most of these spoilers are locatedtowards the end, I am not going to hide this review since you cant see themanyway. Continue at your own risk.Since Im now in college, I was wondering whether I should take the time to readthis low-reading level book. But I decided to read the first few pages in thebookstore, and after the judo flip, I couldnt put it down.So I read this entire book in one day. Since I just finished it and my mind is stillreeling, I cant say too much, but here is what I think.First off; the points of view. In my speculation before this book came out, Iwondered which, and how many, of the characters that would most likely be inMark of Athena would be used as narrators. From just flipping through the book, itlooks like Riordan rotated between four of the Seven as narrators. The narratorthat intrigued me the most was Annabeth. We already knew she was going to be anarrator from the teaser chapter, and an important character from the name of
the book, but just hearing her think and watching her approach situations fromcompletely different angles than the other characters makes her very interestingto hear from. So I really enjoyed that part of the book.Another thing that interested me is how much the characters know now. This isthe third book of the second Percy Jackson series, so by now readers would be fedup if the characters still didnt know what the deal was with all of the monstersthat attack them - and Riordan has evidently realized this. In this book, thecharacters know who the monsters are - they dont have to trick the monsters intoaccidentally revealing it. And they guess what the larger pictures are much morequickly, without having gods or helpful random characters drop extremelyrevealing hints or just spelling it out for them, like in earlier books. The charactersare starting to connect the dots on their own now, though Riordan is able to dothis while still keeping us readers somewhat in the dark. Which is definitelydifferent and definitely interesting.Altogether, we can see the characters maturing and growing up. Though the booksthemselves are still strictly PG, older readers can still see whats going on throughundertones and subtle occurrences. A thirteen year old wouldnt really understandthe depth of Annabeth and Percys relationship, or how Leo, Frank, and Hazel workthrough their troubles - but older readers can appreciate those, and see how thisbook is actually more mature in these respects than books targeted to olderaudiences, which do turn this into teen angst and drama. There is none of thathere - just responsible teens working their way calmly and openly through theiremotions. In my opinion, that is a much better way to approach those matters,and definitely sets a better example for the younger readers these books aretargeted to than some other books I can think of do. For setting that example andtaking that approach, my respect for Riordan has increased exponentially.Of course, this book follows the usual blueprint of heroes running around fightingrandom monsters and villains that pop up out of the woodwork and culminates inan epic battle with the evil mastermind of the day, but it also follows the newtrend weve seen in the previous two Heroes of Olympus books of throwing in amonumental plot twist at the end of the book, similar to the discovery of Percy atthe Roman camp at the end of book 1 and the arrival of the Greek party in Festusat the end of book 2. This plot twist, however, takes things to another levelentirely. I will say no more, except that because of this plot twist, I will have to atleast read the first few pages of the next book in the bookstore. Which will more
than likely be enough to buy the next one, as well. The setup Riordan has craftedin this book just promises that the next one will be epic.I would also like to say a quick word about the setting. Yes, the book starts out atthe Roman camp moments after the previous one ends. Yes, the combined teamtakes a trip across the U.S. to get to the homeland of the Greeks and Romans. Butthis book does get to Rome, and I loved how Riordan managed to work in thesetting once the characters actually got there. He acknowledged how amazing thesetting he had chosen to use was, and incorporated it into his story far more thanhe had in any of his previous books.Altogether, The Mark of Athena has a slightly different feel to than the previousbooks - certainly it is far more developed than The Lightening Thief, his firstcreation. Perhaps the appeal for Riordans books is gradually shifting to that of anolder audience, like in many series which extend this long, but I believe that is agood thing, since it acknowledges the fact that the original target audience hasaged considerably since the first book came out. It helps to watch your heroes agewith you. In actuality, all of this is caused by the simple fact that Riordan is stilldeveloping as a writer, and I anticipate seeing how the next book in his seriesdisplays the - if gradual, then certainly present - metamorphosis of his writing.Rick Riordan demonstrates his superb storytelling abilities once again in the thirdinstalment of the Heroes of Olympus series, The Mark of Athena. I am envious ofRick Riordan’s talent for crafting such great books with an emphasis on giving bothboys and girls something to love. His books have plots that are the perfect blendof adventure, action, fantasy, mythology and romance, involving a cast of amazingcharacters with flaws, complexities and developments, and a prose that transitionsfrom seriousness to hilarity seamlessly – The Mark of Athena is an ideal example.The Mark of Athena is the best book yet and although I complain way too muchthat time flies, I do hope that the next year does just that so I can have TheHouse of Hades in my hands already. After the ending of The Mark of Athena you’llbe wishing for the next year to be over and done with too… Just saying.After the The Son of Neptune our favourite heroes have finally come together –Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Leo, Hazel and Frank. The Argo II lands in NewRome so that the Greeks can try to make peace with the Romans and purge anyhostility between the two so that they can ally together to fight and stop Gaia fromrising. But this does not happen due to some unforeseen events… Our league of
heroes then set off to make things right between the Greeks and the Romans onceand for all as per Hera’s wish, while completing the prophecy that takes them toRome, Hazel’s brother Nico, and the Doors of Death – which they ultimately needto close. Oh, and don’t forget Coach Hedge who also goes along on this perilousadventure.Having known Percy and Annabeth for the greatest amount of time from the PercyJackson and Olympians series you would think you know them as much as youknow yourself, however that is not the case after all in The Mark of Athena. RickRiordan continues to make Percy and Annabeth interesting, adding newdimensions and maturity to their characters. They just do not get repetitive. Theirrelationship flourishes and becomes ever so obvious and strengthened in andthroughout this instalment, and the ending of The Mark of Athena relied on theirrelationship for the “twist” to occur. It was such a heart-rending moment – myheart was melted, then hardened, then pulverised into a million pieces. On TwitterI tweeted: “Someone please find me my own Annabeth, daughter of Athena. Iwould like to be her Percy, keeper of promises.”‘We’re staying together,’ he promised. ‘You’re not getting away from me. Neveragain.’The Mark of Athena has been said to be Annabeth’s book; she exhibits her truenature of being a daughter of Athena, by putting all that wisdom and audacity touse. However this book also comprises of Percy’s, Hazel’s and Leo’s POVs, and sois as much the other six’s book than just Annabeth’s. Yes, the whole reason theygo to Rome is because Annabeth has to follow the mark of Athena and avenge hermother, but on this journey Percy, Jason, Hazel, Piper, Leo and Frank alsodiscover something new about themselves and each other – we as the reader alsolearn something new about each of the characters. Jason really has the toughestjob to grab the reader’s attention considering in the beginning of this series he didfill in for Percy and become our newest hero. Because of that there is an obviousrift; in The Mark of Athena the dominance/leadership quality that they both havealmost becomes a shared possession between the two – by the end they findrespect in one another and a bromance emerges. It was a great dynamic withinthe group to observe (as were all the relationships).‘I could have killed you.’
‘Or I could have killed you,’ Percy said.Jason shrugged. ‘If there’d been an ocean in Kansas, maybe.’‘I don’t need an ocean—’‘Boys,’ Annabeth interrupted. ‘I’m sure you both would’ve been wonderful at killingeach other. But right now, you need some rest.’‘Hmm…” Jason snapped his fingers. “I can call a friend for a ride.’Percy raised his eyebrows. ‘Oh, yeah? Me too. Let’s see whose friend gets herefirst.’Leo was just Leo – awesome, hilarious, and the odd man out with his baby ArgoII. He always knew when to bring the laughs to the party (e.g. early scenes withEcho and Narcissus). Leo had this unsureness about the others – he was especiallyskeptical about Frank, because he just did not understand him as much as theothers did… as much as Hazel did. So there was a bit of caution and uneasinessbetween the two. For me, I thought Leo used his jokes as a sort of defencemechanism against Frank or as a way of showing that he is an alright dude. Butthere is this awkwardness between them because Frank has a problem with fire,as we learned in The Son of Neptune. Moving on… Frank I found was theintroverted and shy one of the bunch, evident in his relationship with Hazel butalso in his distance from Leo. Plus he turns into a goldfish at one point – like Isaid, he’s a precious being. Hazel: this daughter of Pluto/Hades is something! Sheis the complete opposite of her father – where Hades kind of likes the wholeconflict side of things, Hazel doesn’t; she aims to settle all contentions anddisputes that arise in her good, calm demeanour (once again, e.g., between Frankand Leo or Jason and Percy). And then finally Piper, our daughter of Aphrodite,can really use that power of persuasion to do some good in the world – and sheproves that she really is as intelligent than what people usually thought of her,considering she is the daughter of Aphrodite and all… the daughter of a goddesswho would rather gossip over tea and cakes than discuss the war that ishappening. We must NOT forget about Coach Hedge. Coach Hedge is just so effingcool… and strange… and a total goat!So yeah, if you didn’t see, The Mark of Athena was so so so good! The characterswere the best part of this story and were all relatable. The House of Hades can you
please come sooner? I cannot wait to see what Rick Riordan serves up to us in thenext chapter of this series – I have a feeling we’re going to get to know moreabout Hazel along with Nico while in the Underworld. HELLO HADES!*Also, you would think that after the five Percy Jackson and the Olympians books,these three and The Kane Chronicles that I would have habituated to thestupidness of some of the mythological beings in them. But that’s what brings thehumour and allows our heroes to use their wit more than force, intelligence overstrength.I am currently reading Mark of Athena, by Rick Riordan.So far the chosen 7 fromthe prophecy are halfway through the journey, I am also halfway through thebook. What really confuses me is that so far, it doesnt have much to do with thetitle and in the books before it did, I wonder if there is a reason for that? This bookrealates to me because, the 7 demigods face many dilemmas. Plus they are puttogether and had to become friends. I face alot of dilemmas in gymnastics and, Ihave moved alot so I never really made true friends and if I did I would leavethem the next year. If I were to rate this book so far I would give it 3 and a halfstars. I reccomend this book to people who like an adventure, a little, bit ofromance, and people who like to have a good laugh once in a while. I hope youread this book, the author is truly amazing. I know I cant wait to finish it.The book was great overall, although I was expecting some more actions. I wasntas impressed with this as with the previous installments. It felt like Rick Riordanwas saving all the goodies for the House of Hades and this is just a filler. I washappy to see Percy and Annabeth reunited. Their relationship has come a long wayand its just good to see them together. The book also makes me hate theOlympians more and more, but I think thats Riordans intention :). Id say this isa great book to read, but it just wasnt enough to quench my thirst. I need toknow more whats going to happen next to the crew!Its no secret that Im a Percy Jackson groupie, so I was beyond excited for theMark of Athena. This may be my favorite of any Percy Jackson book. I like thatthey are older, not only because they are having more adventures but alsobecause the relationships grow and develop more (plus pre- and early-teenromances kind of creep me out, so its nice that they are now about 16/17).Riordan is one of the few authors who can actually pull off telling several differentstories at once. He does a great job in giving each character enough time for thereader, without muddling up the plot. I like that his characters arent perfect; they
doubt themselves, recognize their flaws, and are relatable in the sense that theyarent perfect. They may all be demigods, but they are also just people trying tofigure it all out.I hope to see more of Percy and Annabeth in the next book(s). I admit, I dontcare that much about Jason and Piper since Im all about the Greeks, but Isuppose Ill tolerate them :). Im glad Nico is back, and Leo always gave me agood chuckle (and I rarely laugh when reading). I also hope that Riordan recaps abit more. I cant remember everything that happened in previous books but thereare times when he alludes to important moments and I draw a complete blank.To download now please click the link below.http://amzn.to/13CyVV0