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The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus #3)
by Rick Riordan
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 10+
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 690L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion Books
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2012
NO. PAGES: 580
GENRE{S}: Fantasy, Adventure
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Mixed
SERIES: The Heroes of Olympus
PREQUEL: The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2)
ISBN: 1423140605
READ & REVIEWED BY: Jen - StorySnoop


The Story
The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus #3)—Book Review

Traveling by air and by sea in a souped-up ancient vessel, seven Greek demigods have joined forces on a quest that will take them to Rome, where they must defeat the giants before they wake Gaea and she destroys the world. Along the way they battle monsters intent on foiling their plans, and accidentally start a new civil war between the rest of the Greek and Roman demigods. Will this team of seven demigods be able to leverage each of their strengths in order to make it to the ancient lands in time?
The Scoop
The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus #3)—Book Review
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Fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series will be thrilled that Percy Jackson himself is one of the featured demigods in The Mark of Athena, the third installment in the Heroes of Olympus fantasy adventure series. These books make mythology relatable to a young audience by incorporating action, humor, and references to modern cultural icons (iPhones, YouTube videos, etc.). Told from the alternating perspective of four of the demigods, the story is one of teamwork, as each teen uses their individual strengths for the greater good. Like the previous books, the author has done a nice job of incorporating diverse characters--thirteen-year-old Hazel and sixteen-year-old Frank are both biracial. There are three couples among the main characters, but romantic encounters are limited to kissing. Readers with ADHD may appreciate the fact that these learning disabilities are very common among the demigod kids. The action-packed plot does involve some weapons and violence but the context is pure fantasy--battles take place only with monsters and other fictional creatures. This series (best read in order) will be enjoyed both by those who have not read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and by fans who would like to read more of the familiar formula. Parents will enjoy this story's subtle lessons in Roman and Greek mythology (the author provides a helpful glossary) and readers will be eager for the next installment as The Mark of Athena ends with another cliffhanger.
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