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Friday, 28 February 2014

Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3) by Rick Riordan

Friday, 28 February 2014

"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...."
 

The seven from the prophecy need to sail to Rome to fulfill their quest. War between Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter is about to ignite.

Narrated by four different demigods, this book is fast-paced and action-packed. This book is where the seven from the prophecy, four Greeks and three Romans, met and start their quest together. Unlike the two previous books which focused only at 1 quest, this book is where the seven will sail through Rome for the prophecy, and where Annabeth has to avenge his mother, the goddess of wisdom, by following the Mark of Athena, all by herself.

I love how the seven interact here. Their teamwork is just. Jason and Piper (ULTIMATE OTP). Jason and Percy (I love them omg I ship them both). Hazel, Leo, and Frank (they're just so cute). As for Percy and Annabeth...well, yes, I ship them, but they're not my ultimate otp like Jasper (guess 99% of the fandom's ultimate ship is percabeth ) and Annabeth made me pissed of because her hubris sometimes. When they're together Percy seems to lose his sassiness. They're just...okay. I just prefer Jasper rather than them. #sorrynotsorry

This is random but everytime Jason summoned lightning, I shivered.

I agreed to the saying that this book is better than HoH. Not that HoH is bad, of course, but everything here seems more real. HoH seems to be in order, not natural. I cannot describe this.

This is my first re-read of the year and, feels. First read it last May, and it was my friend's book. I decided to get my own copy of TLH, SoN, and MoA, but I just got the chance to buy MoA on January 26th while Periplus' having an author celebration online (it was Rick's turn at that day) and I only buy it for IDR92.000 (IDR99.000 plus the shipping fee) and it's very worth it. Will include it to my Jan-Feb Book Haul later!

5/5stars.

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