The Mark of Athena Book Review
By: Rick Riordan
Book Review By: Heather Ngo
Wandering through Rome, Annabeth shoulders the heavy burden of searching for the one thing that can avenge her mother. Although this is a quest that only she can complete, this does not stop Percy and their five friends from helping her. Together, the group begins their exhilarating journey and set sail on the Argo 7. Along the way, they are faced with many challenges, from resolving feuds between 2 camps, fighting with the deadly god Gaea, and facing vicious mythological creatures that stand in their way. When you're a demigod, even the chances of visiting the deepest and most dangerous depths of the underworld are possible.
Rick Riordan is an exceptional writer, who is fabulous at fabricating adventurous tales that revolve around mythology. He frequently catches the reader's attention, and keeps them engaged in the story through his word choice and ideas. By allowing readers to view the thoughts and opinions of characters, Riordan has strengthened the reader-character connection. There are a wide variety of personalities that each character possesses and drastic differences in their behaviour, which contributes a vast range of perspectives in one scenario. Furthermore, it also allows Riordan to deeply connect with a variety of people. For example, Percy's a free spirited and selfless person, who is brave and courageous. Although the gods take advantage of him, he continues to stay strong and complete the challenges that come his way, while saving his friends and the world itself. On the other hand, Annabeth is intellectual and brave. Because she is a daughter of Athena, schoolwork and intellectuality comes naturally to her. The main themes that Riordan focuses on are the challenges that Percy and Annabeth have to overcome to be together and the constant reminder of death approaching. The couple comes face-to-face with many challenges throughout their quest, which determines whether or not they can stay together and complete them without dying. Overall I thought Riordan crafted an excellent novel and I would recommend it, and the series, to anyone who loves mythology and adventure books.