Published by Disney-Hyperion on October 2nd, 2012
Genre: Middle Grades Fantasy
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 masthead, 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 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....
Let me tell you, reading the cliffhanger a second time doesn’t make the pain any less severe than the first. Most of what I have to say about this book is the cliffhanger, which by now, I'm sure most fans, new and old, have heard about. Those were some dark days while we eagerly waited for HoH. This was the first real cliffhanger Rick had ever forced upon the Percy Jackson fandom. Before, they were little cliffs, leaping from chapter to chapter. He definitely knows how to break his fan's hearts and then glueing them back together. And then shattering them into thousands of pieces. Besides the very end of the book, the entire rest of the story is fantastic! The book picks up a few months later, finally reuniting our beloved Percabeth! The great seven set sail on one of their most action-packed and heartbreaking adventures yet. Honestly, I don't have any more to say. Onward to The House of Hades!
A huge thanks to Kelly over at Belle of the Literati for hosting this challenge!
When I First Read: Shortly after Son of Neptune.
What I Remember: Terrible cliffhanger, literally! Percabeth! Leo starts a civil war. Leo is also hot stuff. Blackjack! Percy and Jason joust. The eidolons take a ride on the Argo II. Annabeth and Percy city gaze. Percy and Frank get trapped in a fish tank. Sammy’s true identity is solved. Annabeth has a quest of her own. The Lord of the Rings reference on page 461. Leo gets help from a cookie. Frank was the weasel.
Why I Wanted to Re-Read: It was definitely not to feel the incredible pain and sorrow again.
How I Felt After Re-Reading:
Would I Re-Read Again? A thousand times, yes.