Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy - after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera - it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon figurehead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.
And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket, Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving command: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find - and close - the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?
Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader - but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.
©2012 Rick Riordan (P)2012 Listening Library
I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.
I continue to find great joy in Rick Riordan's books. The Heroes of Olympus series builds significantly on his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. In this third book, the demigods of Camp Halfblood must join forces with the demigods of Camp Jupiter on a world-wide quest. The Greeks and the Romans must work together, which is no small task as they were not even aware of each other! Moreover, an incident in the beginning of the book causes war to break out between the Greeks and Romans. Seven demigods (from both camps) are chosen for this quest: Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Frank, Hazel, and Leo. In this quest, the demigods work to fight the rise of Gaea and save Nico di Angelo. In addition, Annabeth must go on her own quest to follow the Mark of Athena in the hope of finding and saving the Athena Parthenos. It is believed that this statue will help bring peace to both the Greeks and Romans by uniting Athena with her Roman form, Minerva.
There is a lot going on in this story, and it takes the characters all over the United States, across the Atlantic Ocean, through the Straits of Gibraltar, and on to Rome. In the past, I have frequently given Riordan's books five stars. I'm giving this one only four stars for one main reason: the number of characters is starting to get a bit challenging because its not always easy to remember who is Greek and who is Roman. In addition, the relationships between and among the demigods are becoming rather complex. The only way I could remember which demigod was which was by thinking about who he or she was dating--or not dating. In some ways, this caused the book to slip a bit into the teen romance genre, which is not what I enjoy about the series. While I understand it's a common part of growing up, I am hopeful that there will be just a bit less emphasis on it in subsequent books in the series.
Professional Escapist and Self-Help Junkie. I have a background in the classics, but a love for fantasy, horror and science fiction
Clearly not Riordan's best work, but not all that bad. The contrivances felt a touch heavy handed, from the quasi-comic insert-a-villain to the plot speeding helpful mortal on the street. It had the aroma of segue all over it.
That said, there is some interesting character growth from a few or the characters and a nicely executed tie in of the Leo/Sammy conundrum.
Most importantly it has captivated my interest for the next installment!
Without hesitation yes-- if they like fantasy, magic and Greek/Roman mythology.
I could DEFINITELY tell who was who at all times-- and he even keeps this the same across books. He is animated when he needs to be and the narrator voice is also distinct. How he keeps them all straight-- and different-- is beyond me. SO TALENTED!!!
Devourer of all books fantasy
This is the third book in the Heroes of Olympus series by Riordan. As with all of Riordan’s book he follows his normal formula. The story is well done and entertaining; although with all the different characters we are following now things get a bit drawn out.
I listened to this on audiobook and, like the previous two audiobooks in this series, this one was very well done. The narrator does a good job of keeping all of the voices straight...and there are a ton of voices to keep straight.
Finally the two groups of Demi-gods meet. The meeting results in our group of heroes, basically the groups from the first two books, joining forces and journeying to Rome to confront some giants. Additionally Annabeth is told by her mother Athena to follow the Mark of Athena, which also takes them to Rome....but leads Annabeth on a solo quest. The fight against Gaia continues.
Great continuation of this series. There is a lot of action and adventure and some great monsters just like in previous books. We even get to meet Hercules/Heracles. This story follows the same formula as previous ones...the heroes leave on a desperate quest to save the world, then find out they only have seven days to complete their mission. They fight monsters, journey, fight tougher monsters, journey, and then fight the big baddie at the end.
The story gets a bit drawn out because it's following seven different characters and we hear from all of their different points of view. It's just a lot of characters to try and stay engaged with. It ends up making for a long story. The characters are pretty easy to distinguish between; Riordan has done a good job of giving them all outstanding characteristics.
Despite the multitude of characters the story never gets confusing though and moves at a fast pace. The majority of the story is about these characters learning each others secrets and learning to trust each other. Of course they are also trying to prevent Gaia from ending the world.
My favorite part was Annabeth’s solo quest to follow the Mark of Athena, I love her character and she confronts some truly creepy things.
Overall I enjoyed this book and found it entertaining. These books are formulaic but also fast-paced and engaging. I look forward to the Doors of Hades when it comes out later this fall. Recommended to those who enjoy fantasy/adventure reads...or who have enjoyed previous Riordan books.
No, I don't re-listen very often, and Riordan does a good job of making the marking events memorable especially as you read next entries into the series.
Great historical tie-ins and doesn't give us the "lite" versions of mythology. The characters get to shine in seperate moments, allowing more of their personality to be revealed. I just wish I knew more about Jason!
He keeps things moving and engaging, He has fun with the voices, even if they aren't all that dynamic (you can always tell it's Swanson, you never get the feeling he "transforms" into his characters) He make distinct differences between his characters (with maybe the exception of the giants, but that is understandable) Swanson also handles all the difficult names and locations which could easily get butchered.
Simply because the book is relatively short, yes I would listen in one sitting. But the book isn't so engaging or edge-of-the-seat that I felt like I "couldn't put it down".
As a series, the Heroes of Olympus is not as good as the original Percy Jackson and the Olympians, but is fun, and continues the stories of the main characters, and the story is good enough, you want to know what happens next.
Its childish considering the characters are teenagers not fifth graders.
Yes! The end keeps you waiting and you cant stop there!
He sounds like 34 different people!
Well of course! I mean what else are you supposed to do during a five hour drive?
5/5 right next to House of Hades
No it has not
I persons.lay do not like the voice for this type of book. I prefer Jesse Berenstien
Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.
Another top of the lister
It was well done and I would listen to it a couple times and one sitting works as well. It was a great listen.
When we started this series, we did not enjoy Joshua Swanson's narration. He has improved so much over the three books. I know part of it is getting used to a different person but really, with each book he has gotten stronger. I have read that they changed the narrator for the next book and we don't want to buy it.
The book is too long to listen to in one sitting. We listen while we drive all over Singapore. (Which is very small but we drive a lot.)
Please quite changing narrators.
Josh Swanson's performance in the Heroes of Olympus series is fantastic. Very natural without being stilted or overacted. The performances brings Riordan's brilliant storytelling to life. These audiobooks don't conflict with the way I pictured and "heard" the story while reading the books and make hours in the car for vacation travel fly by this summer. I wish the rest of the series and Riordan's books lived up to Swanson's versions!
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