Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Posted on: September 4, 2015. Comments ( 1 )

Review by Divya Shekar, a student of BGS National Public School, Bangalore.

This book is the third of five installments of the ‘Heroes of Olympus’ series, written by New York Times bestselling author Rick Riordan. An intriguing and mind-capturing blend of mythology and modern times, the author manages to bring out an exciting twist by bringing in the ancient gods, monsters and demigods, and having them exist in the 21st century, growing and shifting side by side with brink of American civilization. Unlike its prequel series ‘Percy Jackson‘, ‘Heroes of Olympus‘ deals with both Greek and Roman mythology, both similar and dissimilar in its own ways.

The series revolves around seven demigods Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, Leo Valdez, Piper McLean, Jason Grace, Hazel Levesque and Frank Zhang—four of them Greek and three Roman. They journey to Rome and then to Greece to break the millennia of tension between the two vast empires of Greece and Rome and ultimately unite them to face off against Gaea the Earth Mother and her children the Giants. Gaea and the Giants are out to destroy the gods at their roots in Athens by watering its stones with the blood of two demigods, in the greatest battle of history.

In this story, Percy Jackson is once again united with his friends after finding himself in the Roman camp for demigods, after completely losing his memory—the result of an exchange of Greek and Roman demigods made by one of the Roman Goddesses. Annabeth Chase, daughter of Athena stands alone as she follows the mark of Athena through Rome hoping to find the peacemaker between the Greek and Roman camps. This is something essential in the war as well, and she faces her biggest fear in the biggest challenge of her life without being allowed the help of any of her demigod-friends who were always an asset in all her endeavors. Meanwhile, the other six demigods travel through Rome in order to prevent its destruction—a challenge set for them by twin Giants—and to rescue a fellow demigod who served as bait to lure them to Rome.

With breathtaking possibilities, an adventure everyday, a surprise on each page and challenges that keep reaching out to new levels that never fail to strike the reader as impossible, this book has definitely increased my love of reading that much more. There is a whole lot of action, nail biting moments and a journey with an astounding display of courage, bravery, loyalty, friendship, duty and sacrifice, all bound together with a humorous narration. This is a book no teen will be able to put down. Its message shines through loud and clear, completely enrapturing the reader as the author presents the story, taking you to a different world, visualizing every scenario and bringing in the feeling of being in the character’s shoes.

A must read for all those who long for action packed fun filled out of this world adventure.

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Comments (1)


    Vivek Sharma says:

    indeed, a good book but by mythological standards very, Very, VERY INACCURATE

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