Friday, October 18, 2013

The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus Series #3) by Rick Riordan (audio)

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six—who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?

The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery. . . .

With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.

My thoughts:
I was excited to find this audio book at the library a couple weeks ago.  My children and I had enjoyed the first two books together and last year in the fall they wanted to buy this one.  In order for the younger two to enjoy the book we either needed the audio version or we had to take turns reading it out loud.  I love sharing books with my children, but one this long would have been a lot of sitting and reading aloud that they often enjoy more with picture books.  Audio books in the car are perfect for us as we can all listen together and we are already sitting on our way to somewhere else.

Anabeth joins the trios from Camp Halfblood and Camp Jupiter on their quest to stop Gaea and her forces from taking over the earth.  Using the flying ship Leo devised they sail to California to find Percy.  Some Idolenzes get in the way of good relations with the camp of Roman demi gods, but the group of seven learn to work together as they work their way across the country and the ocean to complete their quest.

I found the different names for the gods, the Greek versions and the Roman versions, to be a little confusing at times, but I liked how it made clear that when the Romans took power they changed not only the names, but also some of the characteristics of the gods.

For a lengthy book it was an action packed ride through adventures and held a number so of twists and turns.  I can't wait to see what happens in the next book, which we ordered from the school book order.  I think it was released last week.  The due date for our order was this week so hopefully before too long it will be in our hands to find out the fate of our heros!

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423140603
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: Heroes of Olympus Series , #3
  • Pages: 586

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