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?
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.
The Mark of Athena is the third book in The Heroes of Olympus Series. First was The Lost Heroes and second book was Son of Neptune.
By now readers would know of the Greek gods and their alter ego as the Roman gods and while Percy is the heroic demi-god from Camp Halfblood, Jason is the heroic demi-god from the Roman camp and together with Annabeth, Frank and a few others, they are the seven heroes mentioned in the great prophesy at the ending of Percy Jackson Series.
While the Heroes of Olympus offers more variety, the excitement and thrill is still rather lacking compared to the first Percy Jackson Series. In this third book (of a total of 5 books), I can't even say they are halfway through as the civil war among them seems to be more severe than the war against the monsters.
I do intend to complete this series but seeing how I am not able to find the following two titles n the local library, I might just be catching a break from this series for the time being.