Express Lane Review: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Welcome to my Express Lane Reviews, where I review a book quickly – with 7 points or less – so you can get on your way!

mark of athenaThe Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus #3)
Author: Rick Riodan
Publisher: Hyperion
Age Group: Teen
Source: Library
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


4 out of 5

4.5 out of 5

My Thoughts

*so, I’m starting a new type of review on my blog called Express Lane Review.  The idea is that these types of reviews are quick (think express lanes in grocery stores), and each review will have 7 (or less) points.  Let me know if you like them, or if you have any advice.  I’ll still be doing my regular reviews, as well.  I just wanted to have some variety in my review structures*

Point One:  You guys, this might be my favorite Percy Jackson book yet!

Point Two:  The Mark of Athena is very action-packed, as most of Riordan’s books are.  When I think back to where the book started, and then think about where it ended, it’s almost a shock, with all the stuff that occured in between.

Point Three:  Percabeth, Percabeth, Percabeth!  I so ship Annabeth and Percy, and I always have, but never moreso than in The Mark of Athena.  I finally got to seem them together as a couple.  And it was so great to see Annabeth and Percy finally finding each other after so many months apart.

Point Four:  Riordan has done a wonderful job creating the other characters – Leo, Piper, Jason, Frank and Hazel.  I enjoyed the chapters from Leo’s, Piper’s and Hazel’s POV, but, as always, Percy’s and Annabeth’s chapters were my favorite.  Particularly Percy’s.  He’s just the funniest guy ever.

Point Five:  I liked reading about some insecurities that both Percy and Annabeth had developed during their time apart.  Percy is so confident, and it was nice to read about his fears.

Point Six:  The scene with Narcissus was awesome!  It’s definitely a light scene in the book, but ever so enjoyable, and I was laughing out loud.

Point Seven:  Holy cow, the ending!  I can’t even!  If you’ve read The Mark of Athena then you know exactly what I’m talking about.  AHHH!  Thank goodness The House of Hades is already out.  Also – I kind of love Percy even more, which I didn’t think was possible.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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4 Responses to Express Lane Review: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

  1. bftreviews says:

    I love this series. I can’t wait for the newest one. Great review!

    • Quinn says:

      I’m about halfway through The House of Hades right now, and I’m loving it. I am not looking forward to the wait for Blood of Olympus (that is the title, right?), and I’m not even done with House of Hades yet!!

  2. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy says:

    I’ve sadly not read the Percy Jackson series yet (I do really want to!) but I’m glad to read you are still enjoying the series so much! I love the new review style too – it’s nice sometimes to keep a review simple, and bullet points are so easy to read! I do like regular paragraph style reviews too, so I think it’s a great idea to switch back and forth!

    • Quinn says:

      Do make time to read both Percy Jackson series. They are so much fun.

      I’m glad you like the express lane review style. I’ve been trying it out for awhile now (I think I need to update my template) and I really like having this option, as well as a more formal, paragraph form review.

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