The Mark of Athena Review

Paperback, 586 Pages
YA/ Fantasy/ Mythology
By: Rick Riordan
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 3/4

“Being a hero doesn’t mean you’re invincible. It just means that you’re brave enough to stand up and do what’s needed.”

The Lost Hero ★★★ 3/4
The Son of Neptune ★★★★
The Mark of Athena ★★★ 3/4

The Mark of Athena is the third book in the series and the book where the characters come together. As you can tell from the title of the book, it mostly involves Annabeth quest this time!

The book was still easy to read, I mean it is almost 600 pages and I finished it in three days. The writing is simplistic and supposedly full of humor but I think I outgrew the genre because I could tell many sentences were supposed to be funny but I did not find myself laughing. This is not a critic of the book itself because I am not the audience that Riordan had in mind for the book. All that being said, I still found it enjoyable.

The characters are the ones that we already knew from the first series and those who we were introduced to in the last two books. My problem was that it took me some time to warm to characters that I already know well. I mixed up the characters initially and it took me more than 200 pages until things clicked and it was smoother to read.

I think the books are also becoming predictable and monotonous. We still have the same main prophecy that drives the series and then there is Athena’s prophecy in this one. There is always something that is gonna happen a few days later which puts the characters in a tight deadline and it usually resolves by the last day or few hours. There are many side requests which do introduce minor Gods and heroes and I find them entertaining most of the time. I think I prefer the short length of the first series as it was more fitting for the stories.

Summary: Take this review with a pinch of salt as I am definitely not the target audience. I just wish things were faster, the book was a bit shorter. There is a certain template the author is following and I would have preferred if the mold was broken. I still want to see where this is going so I am continuing the series next month!

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