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Heroes of Olympus: the Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan - review

'Now all the heroes have come together, this story has become much more full, and you always get different people's point of view'

This book is the third book in the Heroes of Olympus series. It really fits together with all the other books in the series, makes the other books make sense, and actually starts on the same day as The Son of Neptune finishes. There are a lot of funny bits in this book, and it made me laugh out loud in quite a few places.

  1. Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena
  2. by Rick Riordan
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I think that, now all the heroes have come together, this story has become much more full, and you always get different people's point of view. However, there is a down side to this: you always find yourself getting much more from the point of view of Annabeth, Percy and Jason, not so much Leo and Piper, and not at all from Hazel and Frank. I can't choose to blame Rick Riordan for this, though, however much I try, because whenever I write I also fall into the traps of favouritism.

So many things go on in this book, and it would take pages and pages to get it all down on paper, so I am going to only mention a few of the big things.

At the start, Percy and Annabeth are reunited, and Jason goes home to New Rome, but, unfortunately, Leo changes all this and it all ends up with the Romans declaring war on the seven demigods.

They all go to Rome, a place where the Roman demigods do not dare venture (go figure!) and Annabeth sets off alone to follow the mark of Athena. In Rome, they also encounter two pretty stupid twin giants who put on a circus act called The Destruction of Rome, in which Rome is meant to be destroyed. Percy and Jason take them on, but it is a losing battle... They also need to free Nico, Hazel's brother, in this process, but there may not be time...

This book is the best in the series so far, and the series is for any Greek and Roman myth lover like myself.

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