Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

"In a fantastical ship called the Argo II, seven demigods journey by air across the United States and by sea to Rome on their quest to defeat the earth mother, Gaea. Meanwhile, war is breaking out between the Roman and Greek demigods they left behind, and only Annabeth holds the key to restoring peace." (from

Flo's Summary

OH MY GODS. I have been seeing all my friends reading this simultaneously (it just came out this month) and giving it five star reviews on Goodreads. I was even warned by one: "FLO. THE ENDING WILL KILL YOU. I'm not even joking. You will die."

They were right. Rick Riordan was at the top of his game with The Mark of Athena. It had everything I've come to know about love about his books: action, suspense, adventure, cleverness, romance. These seven demigods are all fantastic, and it was so great to see them all learning how to work together and trust each other. I was amazed how something would come up in one part of the book that seemed like and inconsequential at the time, but ended up being something quite huge later on. As always, the settings were fantastic -- I loved seeing both places I've been (like Atlanta) as well as places I could only imagine through the eyes of the demigods. I have never flown through a 600 page book so quickly! Rick left us almost literally with a cliffhanger, so now I guess I have to face the long year ahead of me as I wait for The House of Hades.


  1. Just finished reading the book this morning -- it was incredible! I'm dying, already, waiting for House of Hades, though!

  2. I’ll have to pass on this one, not a fan mythology or fantasy or new century books. Only a classic book lover here!