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 masthead, 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 demand: 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?
Mark of Athena: Character development, action packed plot, relationship milestones, etc. Basically this book was very pivotal in the grand scheme of the Heroes of Olympus and it was fantastic.
Luckily, there was no six month time lapse between this one and The Son of Neptune (luckily or I would have revolted) and we get to see the Percabeth reunion (worth it). However, it's cut very, very short when, in typical demigod fashion, something goes wrong about 20 pages into the book. Very action packed plot, did I mention?
But for the first time, we get all seven of our demigods together! I loved the dynamic of all of them together so much that I actually was able to equally love them all. I wasn't expecting that. I mean, Jason and Piper and Leo were great, but now they're all on equal footing with each other, and I am equally passionate about each and every one of them.
Spotlight moment though: Annabeth stole this book. This was her book. You can kind of guess that from the title, but it was totally and completely her book. The fierceness and leadership and character development we got to see from her? Man. I loved her before, but she's my hero now.
And. Oh. Em. Gee. That. Ending. What. Have. You. Done. To. Me. Rick. Riordan.
5 out of 5 stars.