Adventures in Books… The Mark of Athena

I bought this book as a treat when I was signed off work and it took me longer to read than anticipated mainly because it’s been hard to focus for long periods of time.

But I loved it!

It is the third book in the Heroes of Olympus series, which follows on from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. They are children’s books, but I love the world that has been created and the characters and the journey’s they go on. It is an escape from reality for me. It takes me out of my current world and into a world of myths and magic.

It is similar to Harry Potter in way, where the magical world is hidden from the normal world. So much happens without the general population knowing – they save the world a lot!

This book focused on bring the 7 seven characters from the first two books together to go on a quest to save the world. In the previous series it was all about the Greek myths, but in this series it brings in the Roman myths of the same gods and goddesses in their other forms. I am learning a lot from these books and it has made me want to look into Greek and Roman mythology more – this is getting added to my 2013 try new things list 🙂

It is an easy read which you can just take at face value or look into the history that is touched upon. It’s fun and the characters are ones you can look up to for their loyalty, bravery and hard work. But they also show their vulnerability, which came across in this book more so than other books as they have had to work together more than they have had to in the past. They have had to overcome their differences and admit their weaknesses to bring the best out of each other and utilise all their skills. This resonated a lot with me at the moment and was the part I enjoyed the most.

I think there is just one more book in this series and I can’t wait!

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