Waiting on Wednesday #15


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday post is for The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion):

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….

Why I’m looking forward to this book:

Um, hello, it’s a Rick Riordan book that features Percy Jackson! Of COURSE I’m stoked for this one! I’ve only wanted to get my hands on it since last October when I finished The Son of Neptune, after all. I can honestly say that Percy is my favorite fictional narrator of all times, and while I miss his first-person point of view, I still love him and his crazy antics. “You have a feast for tuna?” ♥ I can’t wait to see his reunion with Annabeth, and to learn what’s in store for the demigods on the Quest, particularly when Hera was hinting pretty heavily in the previous book that things would not be easy. Not that they ever have a simple time of things in this series. It wouldn’t be the demigod way, would it?

Release Date: October 2, 2012

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15 Responses to Waiting on Wednesday #15

  1. My co-blogger is waiting for this book! She loves the series but I haven’t got a chance to read them. Better bump it on the list! awesome pick!

    My WoW pick

    We Fancy Books

  2. This is the third time I’ve come across Mark of Athena today! I used it myself a few weeks ago! I never want this series to end! Great pick!

    Courtney @ Fuzzy.Coffee.Books <–My WoW!

    • Merin says:

      On the one hand, I kind of do, because I want Percy to get a happily-ever-after (preferably with Annabeth!), but on the other hand, I agree with you, because I love it so much!

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

  3. I want this book too!! Great pick! Thanks so much for spotlighting it today. Please check out my WoW!

  4. Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews says:

    I’ve never picked up a Rick Riordan book, and I really need to, I know that! Sounds like an interesting pick. :)

    • Merin says:

      Oh, man, definitely do! I adore Percy; he’s quite possibly my favorite fictional narrator of all time. Read the Percy Jackson & the Olympians books, first; his first-person POV is hysterically funny and completely awesome. ♥

      • Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews says:

        I have those to read my friend gave me the whole series so I suppose that classes as picking a book up, but I’ve yet to read them. I’ve heard lots of great things, so I’m really excited to read them now! :)

  5. Elle says:

    Oh, nice! It’s the first time I hear about this book, I know shame on me! I will have to check it out! It sounds too good to pass up! ;)
    Thanks for stopping by my WoW! :)

  6. Quinn says:

    I have seen this book on so any WoW posts today! I am really behind on this series. I did read the first one when it first was released, but I never picked up the second. Now I can’t remember any of the details from book one. But I love Rick Riordan, and yes, Percy is a wonderful narrator!

    Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Adriana says:

    God I want this book. I actually have the third book of the Kane Chronicles but haven’t read it :O
    I really need to read the others beforehand. I hope the Mark of Athena is better than the last one… it was too passive for me and Percy wasn’t looking as great as Jason now is. REUNION! Can’t wait to see Annabeth and Percy back together! I think I will die of happiness ^__^

    • Merin says:

      See, I found Percy just as bad-ass as he’s always been. The whole, “I’m going to fall over the edge of this giant iceberg and take half this stupid dead army with me!” thing was pretty awesome, and Jason could have never done it. I like Jason a lot, but Percy is just sort of awesome without really trying. Plus I LOVE the progression of his powers – he can turn into mini-storms! – and can’t wait to see what else Riordan has up his sleeve regarding Percy’s character.

      But really I just want that reunion scene! ♥

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