Note some spoilers for previous Heroes Of Olympus books
You know how sometimes you read a book in November and don’t write the review until March, but you still want to do an adequate review for the book because you LOVE the series? That. Right now. You see, I really loved The Mark Of Athena by Rick Riordan, the third book in the Heroes Of Olympus series. I never got around to writing the review though, because I am super lazy. But better telling you about why this book is fantastic late than never.
Why Did I Immediately Grab This Book On Audible/Stalk Audible For It:
Are ya kidding me? I loved the previous two audiobooks in the Heroes Of Olympus series. I loved Ella the Harpy. I loved seeing Percy again. I wanted to be BFF with Piper, Jason and Leo. And do not even get me started on Festus the dragon. So, of course when there was a release date of The Mark Of Athena, I knew that I had to watch Audible and hope that it would show up on release — because I am one of those people that has to do a series in continual format, which means audiobook.
What’s The Story Here:
There’s a prophecy in the first book, The Lost Hero that says seven demigods are going to come together. YO! All seven of them have FINALLY come together in book three. And holy heck so much stuff goes down with this book. Camp Jupiter, the Roman version of Camp Half Blood is gearing up for battle. Unfortunately, the demigods fly Argo II into Camp Jupiter which makes the residents think they are under attack. This does not bode well for their visit. Annabeth is given a mission by her mother, ‘Follow the mark of Athena. Avenge me.’ because Athena is kind of the reason there’s bad blood between Camp Jupiter and Camp Half-Blood. And so, the demigods have to find the doors of death which are open and releasing dead people into the world and close them. No big deal. 😉 Of course, Annabeth isn’t the only character, Percy’s there but he seems kind of distant. Leo is focusing on the ship, but also feels like a blast from the past to Hazel. Frank is not getting along with Leo. OH and there’s a potential love triangle.
How Is The Writing:
While I did not quite love The Mark Of Athena as much as I loved The Son Of Neptune, it still wasn’t bad. Quite the opposite. I mean, yes sometimes Riordan can be a bit wordy — in that the books are very, very long. But honestly, I think there’s so much plot with you know seven starring characters, that it has to be long to give the characters the full development they deserve. Perhaps I am wrong about that, but seriously, I can’t imagine how thinly plotted this book would be if it was only 250 pages. I think that because there’s plenty of action and plenty for the demigods to do in order to fulfill the prophecy that The Mark Of Athena goes by very fast. Never a dull moment and all that. Also, also, totally worth reading for a few kissing scenes and lol, the part at the aquarium. You’ll understand when you get to that part.
What Did I Think Of The Narration:
Joshua Swanson narrates the audio version of The Mark Of Athena, produced by Listening Library. At this point, regular readers probably know that I like Joshua Swanson as a narrator. He does a great job with accents and with giving the characters different voices. He really makes a long audiobook seem short –and that’s a good thing if you are impatient like me. Like, I wasn’t staring at the clock thinking OH 3 HOURS LEFT LET’S DO THIS. I think if you want to start this spin off series, audiobooks are definitely the way to go. The Mark Of Athena is 15 hours and 8 minutes long.
Sum It Up With A GIF:
Basically my reaction for the whole entire book, including the colors in the background.
Disclosure: Purchased copy.