Amazing Kids! Magazine

Amazing Book Reviews: The Mark of Athena

By Rick Riordan
Reviewed by Tristan K., age 9, California
Published by Disney / Hyperion Books, 2012
Recommended for ages 9 and up


The Mark of Athena is the third book in the Heroes of Olympus series, and it is a very scary and fun book. This book is about seven heroes who defeat the Earth Goddess, Gaea, and prevent her from destroying all of humanity. Along the way, they defeat two giants named Otis and Ephialtes and the spider, Arachne, who once challenged Athena to a weaving contest. The seven heroes are all demigods, and the children of Greek or Roman gods. The demigods are given a quest to find the statue of the Athenian Parthenos, which was stolen from the city of Athens.

I thought The Mark of Athena was scary because Percy, Piper and Jason, three of the main characters, almost drowned. This happened when they met the nine nynches, who are water nymphs, and got them angry. It was fun because they survive the drowning and many other exciting adventures together using strength and each of their skills. For example, one time Frank turned himself into an iguana to get out of Chinese handcuffs. Another good part was when Leo made a trap for the Roman Eagles to distract them by sending Frank’s only pair of pants into the skies. Annabeth, Athena’s daughter, had to figure out which symbol was the highest rank and which was the least in order to get past nymphs. She used her wisdom to guess correctly because she was able to read tapestry weavings and clues in the statues.

I like how the book switches from characters to characters, and how each chapter is about a different character. My favorite character is Leo, the son of Hephaestus, the god of blacksmiths, sculptures and fire because I also like to build things. Leo is fun and likeable. I could relate to the book because I, too, am afraid of spiders like the children of Athena.

This book would be great for kids and adults who love mythology and action. I liked this book because it had both Roman and Greek gods. I recommend this book to older kids because it has very complex words, like narcissus, and because it has 586 pages.