Title: The Mark of Athena
Author: Rick Riordan
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review: The two worlds of the Greek and Roman demigods finally collide – and in some unexpected ways! When the Seven of the Great Prophecy finally come together, it’s time to begin the journey to stop Gaea, something that isn’t as easy as it sounds (an understatement, even for the world of Percy Jackson).
The journey takes the Seven back to the old world – a place most demigods won’t dare to tread. But before they can get to Greece, they need to stop off in Rome so that Annabeth can follow the Mark of Athena (hence the title) to complete a quest than no child of Athena before her has been able to complete. And, of course, Gaea’s minions have no intention of making any of this easy for anyone.
It was interesting to see the demigods in Rome, to see some more of the minor gods and the way they manifest, and see how Riordan continues to weave all of the mythology together in a modern setting.
I did feel like there were parts that could have moved a bit more quickly, but that may just be me wanting to see how the quest progresses and how it all winds up. The House of Hades is next (as soon as I come up on the library’s waiting list, that is)!