The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan carries on the engaging story of the heroes of Olympus. In the Mark of Athena, seven demigods who are prophecised to be able to save the earth from the evil earth goddess Gea come together. The first three demigods who appeared in the first book, “The Lost Hero” Leo, Son of Hephaestus, Piper the daughter of Aphrodite, and Jason the son of Jupiter (Roman side of Zeus) have finally taken off in the warship created by Leo for the journey based on secret plans from the newly discovered bunker 9 in camp Half-blood. With them comes Annabeth, daughter of Athena, with a special quest set by her mother to follow the Mark of Athena unknown to the others. As a chaperone a war crazed Satyr accompanies the demigods. The first part of their mission is to retrieve other demigods of the prophecy from the Roman Camp, Camp Jupiter, without a fight. These demigods being Frank, Son of Mars, Hazel, daughter of Pluto, and Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, all appearing in the second book of the Heroes of Olympus “The Son of Neptune”.
Due to unfortunate events, the seven are forced to flee the Roman Camp on bad terms with the Romans. In their journey they travel to old Rome where twin Giants Ephialtes and Otis hold Niko, Hazel’s brother, captive and plan to destroy Rome. During this time Annabeth must go on her own journey to follow the mark of Athena to unknown doom, while Percy and Jason must defeat the two giants to save Rome and delay Gea’s awakening.
For all those who have read the Heroes of Olympus, Riordan goes beyond what he promised at the end of the “Son of Neptune”. Riordan once again manages to pull off a bestseller in one year. The Mark of the Athena is a book to satisfy all readers. With plenty of action and danger Riordan keeps you rapidly turning pages to find out what happens next. For those who enjoy romance, the reuniting of Annabeth and Percy is enough to satisfy any. Riordan finally brings together the seven heroes all fans have grown to love and in doing so creates intrigue, action, and romance to satisfy all. All in all, Riordan not only continues a well laid plot, but sets up an even greater one to carry one into the fourth book of the Heroes of Olympus, “The House of Hades”.