Hardcover: 608 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; First Edition edition (October 2, 2012)
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In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six--who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?
The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery. . . .
With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.
Before reading this book, I was under the impression that this series, like Riordan's The Kane Chronicles, would be a trilogy. Well, two sleepless school nights after buying this book, I read that cliff-hanger ending (No spoilers here) and realized that there would be another book. For obvious reason, this was very exciting for me. Anybody with any knowledge of my taste in books, (Typically fantasy and sci-fi) will know that any man who mixes modern fantasy with ancient mythology into an amazing book will become one of my favorite authors. Now, turn that into an absolutely fantastic series. Now you're just plain awesome. Finish that series, and write another series that takes place just a few years into the future, include old characters, introduce new characters, places, weapons, technology, heck, include a completely different-but-kinda-the-same ancient religion. To me, that sounds like a freaking great author. And that freaking great author is Rick Riordan. The world that he has constructed is so unique and filled with many surprises and mysteries. One of the best things about Riordan's writing is that there is so much room to grow. So much can be done with this series, the characters, the plot. And with five books in the Percy Jackson series, and a fourth book on the way of it's sequel series, I'd so Riordan is doing a pretty good job growing. These are marvelous books, and The Mark of Athena is a marvelous addition. A great way of continuing an epic story. And now, I'm left with another year of painful waiting, waiting for the next book to be released. Mr. Riordan, with all do respect, please hurry.