Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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. Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare....
What I Liked: 1) The characters are finally all coming back together. This is what I've been waiting for since the first book came out - to see Percy and Annabeth back together, along with their new friends, Piper, Leo, Jason...among others. Seeing how they will all get along, or perhaps not get along was one of the driving parts of this story. 2) It was fun to get to know what was happening at different places at the same time. I was wondering how that would be done, now that we are aware of what's been going on with Jason and Percy. Mr. Riordan did a nice job with keeping the reader informed of everything that was happening, despite the characters being a little...all over the place. 3) How smoothly we slide from one story into the next. What I am always pleased about with Riordan's books is how seamlessly we move from book to book. Despite there being nearly a year between books, we pick up right where we left off.
What I Didn't Like: The story is getting a little too...convoluted for me. Now that there are so many characters to keep track of, which we knew would happen right from the beginning, it's getting a little hard to tell what is happening where and to who. This story is narrated in the first person by four different characters and y'all know that sometimes I struggle with two narrators. So my biggest complaint is that it is becoming to convoluted.
Overall Thoughts: Mark of Athena is an excellent continuation to a story that I've already fallen in love with. The historical Greek and Roman references, the mythology, and even the characters fascinate me in a way that few other books have. I have a feeling that I'm just going to have to deal with the multitude of narrators if I am going to continue reading this series, which I am. Just be prepared for a lot of jumping around.
My Rating: 4 shots