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the mark of athena (edition 2012)

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Title:the mark of athena
Authors:rick riordan
Info:Puffin Books (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover
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The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan




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This book is very entertaining and keeps you wanting to read more. 5Q4P The cover art is okay and I'd recommend this book for middle school and high school students as well as adults. I chose to read this book because I had read the two first books in the series, and I'm interested in Greek mythology. EmmaM
  edspicer | Jul 5, 2014 |
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan is the third of the Heroes of Olympus series. Annabeth is finally reunited with Percy at Camp Jupiter but their reunion is enough to bring the camp to the brink of war.

I guess straight up quests, even ones based on previous Greek or Roman classics, are getting a little dull. This quest has trouble getting going because the characters keep being possessed and made to act way out of character. Instead of the other members wising up to this problem, they always seem completely surprised by it.

Doing away with the spin the bottle approach to possession, the quest is the standard stuff we've come to expect from Percy and company. There's a ticking deadline before Gaea will awake. The Scooby Gang has to get to the actual Mount Olympus, not the Manhattan stand-in and save the world from well, the world.

As part of this journey, Annabeth must deal with her personal demons as she tries to solve the riddle of the Mark of Athena. It's a big, honking, long hidden clue that they now desperately need. So she ends up going on a side quest that stretches her character to the breaking point and made me wish she could tag team with Hermione Granger. Along the way, though, I did learn a thing or two about some ancient Roman customs that ended up being very useful for when I was reading I am John, I am Paul by Mark Tedesco.

I understand the need to break from formula. It gets boring for writer and reader. But the breaks didn't work for me in The Mark of Athena. ( )
  pussreboots | Jun 17, 2014 |
As usual, Rick Riordan does it again. Another great kids book that is smart and entertaining. ( )
  weisser4 | Jun 3, 2014 |
This book is one of the best book in the heroes of olympus series. It has lots of action and mysteries. If u read the first book itll make you read greek mythology. You will love it. It keeps me up all night reading this. I don't usually read books but this series was an exception.

Te demigods on the Argo II go to kansas to try to find bacchus. Jason and percy get possessed by the eieolons and begin to fight. On their trip Annabeth and percy feel into tartarus.xcrcy tried to save themselves. The rest of the demigods were on the argo II.
  aldrichp.b3 | May 27, 2014 |
Annabeth is worried. She hopes Percy will still be the same after Hera's plan to unite Greeks and Romans. She, Jason Grace, Leo Valdez, and Piper McLean take Leo's latest project, the Argo II, to the mysterious Camp Jupiter. They meet the Romans with a punch and a kiss to Percy from Annabeth. They also meet Hazel Levesque, Frank Zhang, and Reyna (praetor a.k.a. leader of Camp Jupiter). They had a feast and greeted each other well. They laughed, ate , and made fun of Octavian. Anabeth and Percy and Jason and Piper were enjoying being together as couples. Reyna took Annabeth around Camp Jupiter and talked with her about children of Athena (Minerva, whatever), Ella, and their encounter on Circe's island. As they were talking the Argo II fired on New Rome. Reyna let Annabeth go but next time they'd be enemies. Annabeth, Percy, Hazel, Frank, Jason, and Piper ran to the Argo II and climbed aboard. They found Leo shooting at the Romans but the he was acting weird. He got knocked out and they sailed out of there. After that Leo was trying to explain himself. He said he was being possessed or controlled by something. Jason was still knocked out and Hazel was racing below on Arion. They could only land once and they needed some supplies to fix the hull. Festus, the bronze dragon head, scanned for Celestial bronze and found the perfect place in Salt Lake City, Utah. When they landed, Leo showed Hazel the ship. They had a meeting and Percy told everyone that he had sent Tyson with (his girlfriend) Ella to Camp Half-Blood. He then left Piper, Coach Hedge (the satyr chaperone), and Jason aboard while he and the others went to get the tar, lime, and Celestial Bronze. Hazel and Leo went after the Celestial Bronze, while the other's got the other supplies. They met Nemesis, the god of revenge, and she gave Leo a fortune cookie for when he would have a problem he couldn't fix. After that, the met an invisible nymph named Echo, who literally echoed everything she heard.They encountered Narcissus and his nymph fan club. Narcissus was staring at himself water. He was staring at the Celestial Bronze but wouldn't give it up. Leo and Echo tricked him into leaving the bronze mirror while Hazel took the Celestial bronze from the lake. Echo stayed behind so she could be with the one she loved, Narcissus. As they left Leo saw Echo's face it was beautiful but he then was starting to forget it. When they got back, Leo fixed they ship and they flew away. Piper then used her dagger, Katoptris, to see the future or what was happening right now. She saw Romans preparing to attack the Greeks, Jason riding on horseback with golden eyes, and Jason, Percy, and her drowning. She then saw Bacchus (Dionysus, god of wine) by a Topeka 32 sign. She traveled to the sign with Jason and Percy on Tempest (wind horse) and Blackjack (black pegasus). They talked with Bacchus and he told them about the twin giants but he wouldn't help unless given a proper (dangerous) tribute. He also tells them to talk to a son of Gaea, thankfully resents her, in Atlanta. After he leaves Gaea asks Piper to choose which demigod to be killed with her, Jason or Percy. When Piper doesn't decide Percy and Jason get possessed by eidolons and attacks each other on horseback. Possessed Percy pins down Jason but Piper stops him from killing him. Piper then uses her charm speak to tell Black jack to knock Percy out. Back on the ship Piper asks Leo to head to Atlanta. On the way there, Piper realized that the eidolons were still possessing the guys. She told them to promise on the River Styx not to possesses anyone on this ship once they leave the three boys fall down flat. Jason then tells Piper about the legend of the Mark of Athena. Something was stolen from the Greeks and children of Athena look for this in Rome, following the Mark of Athena. Percy then had a dream about the twin giants, Ephialtes and Otis, and their plan to lure the seven there trying to rescue Nico trapped in the bronze jar. Annabeth woke him up, led him to they stables (with the see-through floor), and fell asleep. The next morning Percy told the others about his dream. Hazel explained that Nico was i the death trance it's like an extremely deep sleep and with each one of Persephone's pomegranate seeds he lives for another day. When they got to Atlanta, Coach Hedge went along with Percy and Frank as punishment for sleeping in the stables. they went to the aquarium where the met this perky tour guide, Kate. She talked about all the monsters in the world real and mythological. Apparently, they were her "babies" they then meet the son of Gaea, Phorcys with his sister Keto (a.k.a. Kate). Phorcys led Percy and Frank into an empty exhibit. There they were trapped by Phorcys as the exhibit filled with water. Frank turned into a giant koi fish to be able to breath. They caught Coach Hedge's attention as he knocked out Keto and freed Percy and Frank. They then set course for Charleston. Annabeth then remembers her encounter with Minerva and the silver coin from Athens. There, Aphrodite talks with the girls of the quest talking about their love life and such. She tells Annabeth the first clue to find the Mark of Athena was in the old fortress. They were then attacked by Romans but they held them off. After that, the left across the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Hazel and Leo fell together into a flashback of Sammy and found out that Sammy was Leo's great-great-grandfather. They ran into a giant shrimp monster and Frank, Hazel and Leo got thrown into the water. When they woke up they were underwater. Leo and Frank were the only one's in the room. There, Frank told Leo his weakness, the piece of firewood, and he gave it to Hazel for safekeeping. Then a mermaid centaur came and took Leo to his brother Aphros. They talked and Aphros and his brother set them free. Leo also asked Aphros to take his underwater Camp Half-Blood and free the sedated monsters in Atlanta. On their way to the Mediterranean, they talked about the Mark of Athena and how Annabeth had to do it alone. The next morning they reached the mare Nostrum which where guarded by the god Hercules. Jason and Piper went to the island and asked Hercules entry into the Mediterranean. He said he'd do it if they got the other horn of his old foe, Achelous. They found Achelous but they wanted to help him but Achelous decided to take Piper to be his new bride. She tricked him into freeing Jason and she took off his horn. They then planned to trick Hercules into letting them cross the Mare Nostrum without getting the cornucopia. Their plan worked and they sailed away closer and closer to Rome. On the way to Rome, they ran into Man-dolphin pirates led by a golden boy named Chrysaor. His crew had captured all the crew except Frank. Percy and Frank tricked the Man dolphins that Dionysus was aboard. Frank turned into a dolphin to seal the deal until Chrysaor was left. Percy then took care of him by slicing off his golden mask and he tumbled into the sea. Then Percy told Piper to drench the pirate ship in Diet Cola (Bacchus's preferred drink) and claimed the ship as a tribute to Bacchus. They then reached Rome and Percy saw Annabeth off on her journey with Tiberinus and his wife Rhea Silvia. Annabeth then descended under the city of Rome. She faced and passed trial after trial following the burning owl until finally she found the Athena Parthenos guarded by Arachne, the mother of spiders. Leo, Hazel, and Frank went searching for the entrance to the twin giant's lair. They went into a building and found a secret entrance underground but were attacked by the eidolons. They battle the eidolons and descended underground. They found an ancient workshop of Archimedes. They found many mechanical spheres and unfinished automatons The eidolons possessed the automatons and a sphere and trapped them in a room with an Archimedes sphere. Leo could destroy the eidolons with the sphere but it would take much time. So he pulled out Nemesis's fortune cookie and asked for the activation code. Once he had it he sent his sphere to destroy the mechanically possessed eidolons. Once the eidolons were destroyed they were trapped underground in Gaea's territory but Leo had a plan of escape. Percy, Jason, and Piper also went to find the Twin's lair. They found an underground room which had reflected water on the walls but no water. They found out that this was the resting ground for undead water nymphs who were trapped there without water. They would take the life from Jason, water from Percy, and beauty from Piper. As the black murky water rose she had a plan to cleanse the tomb with the cornucopia. Thankfully it worked and the nymphs turned back to normal and were free to find a new home. They crawled through a drainage pipe leading into the Twin's lair. It was filled with wild animals, weapons, and other special affects. They battled Ephialtes and Otis, freed Nico, and stopped their plan to destroy Rome. Ephialtes and Otis were lead up into the Colosseum where Bacchus surveyed the battle. After the giants were defeated, Bacchus came down to strike the final punch. The Argo II (driven by Frank, Leo, and Hazel) descended down to pick them up and save Annabeth. Annabeth survived with her wit and, thanks to Frank, tricked Arachne into weaving a Chinese handcuff and trapping herself inside. Arachne then descended down through the floor and into Tartarus. The ceiling then fell apart and the Argo II hovered over the room. Percy and the rest of the gang came and congratulated Annabeth but the praise was cut short by Nico. He said that the Doors of Death needed to be closed in the mortal world and in Tartarus. As Leo was securing the Athena Parthenos in the Argo II, Annabeth was pulled down into Tartars by Arachne's webs caught around her broken ankle. Percy Held on to her but his grip was slipping. He told Nico to lead them to the House of Hades in Epirus. Percy then let go and said they'd meet them there. Leo blamed himself because he used Nemesis's fortune cookie. He was going to get his friends back, no matter what. ( )
  PatrickC.B4 | May 24, 2014 |
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In the mark of Athena percy and his friends have to find the statue of athena. They try to make friends with camp jupiter and ghosts control Leo into starting war for camp jupiter. These same ghosts in the story control Percy and Jason into a big fight with each other. Percy and jason feel useless in one point of the book, cause golden boy is way to good for them in a sword fight. They meet hercales to get into the ancient lands and they have to tear a bulls horn off. Then as thy are leaving annabeth shoots food out of the horn and traps heracules in food.
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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 form Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that's only one of her worries. IN her pocket, Annabeth carries a gift form her mother that came from an unnerving command: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighted 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 may 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...

From jacket cover. Putting it back on, discovered there's a cut out of the Argos II under the back flap with instructions on how to build your very own Argos II.
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"The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land--Greece itself--to find the Doors of Death"--

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