Genre: middle grade urban fantasy
Length: 574 pages
Setting: present day, mostly Rome
Interest: It’s the third book in the Heroes of Olympus series, following The Son of Neptune.
Summary: Jason, Annabeth, Piper, and Leo take the Argus II to the Roman Camp Jupiter to pick up some Roman demigods to help defeat Gaea. Leo, possessed by an eidolon, fires on the camp, igniting fighting between the two aspects of the Gods. They do pick up Percy, Hazel, and Frank to head to Mare Nostrom and Rome. After defeating many monsters on the way to Rome, the split up in Rome. Annabeth is on a quest from her mother to find the Athena Parthenos, which requires defeating Arachne. Leo, Hazel, and Frank find Archimedes’ workshop, which the Romans stole, and have to defeat the eidolon again. Percy, Jason, and Piper fight the giant brothers Otis and Ephialtes to rescue Nico.
Final thoughts: Once again, an enjoyable romp through Greek and Roman mythology. It’s a bit of a coming of age story along with the adventure since all the heroes are shown questioning their ability to complete the task in front of them, but ultimately find the moral fortitude to succeed. Both the male and female characters are equally important to complete the quest. It’s set up for the next big battle against the forces of Gaea. Both Mr. Curiosity and Miss Adventure also loved the book. Miss Adventure just finished it and immediately started over.
Title comes from: Annabeth was given a coin called the Mark of Athena to follow to find the Athena Parthenos
Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review of a book from a previous year
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