The Mark of Athena Special Limited Edition (The Heroes of Olympus Series #3)

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Artfully packaged and given the deluxe treatment, this signed and numbered limited edition of The Mark of Athena is sure to delight the legions of fans of the #1 New York Times bestselling series. Each book is hand-signed by Rick Riordan and includes specially commissioned full-color art from series illustrator John Rocco. The deluxe slipcase features a wrap-around illustration and makes an elegant centerpiece for any bookshelf.

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Artfully packaged and given the deluxe treatment, this signed and numbered limited edition of The Mark of Athena is sure to delight the legions of fans of the #1 New York Times bestselling series. Each book is hand-signed by Rick Riordan and includes specially commissioned full-color art from series illustrator John Rocco. The deluxe slipcase features a wrap-around illustration and makes an elegant centerpiece for any bookshelf.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423166306
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Series: Heroes of Olympus Series , #3
  • Pages: 608
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan (www.rickriordan.com) is the author of the New York Times #1 best-selling The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero; the New York Times #1 best-selling The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid; as well as the five books in the New York Times #1 best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.

Biography

Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a terrific YA series by former middle school teacher and mystery writer Rick Riordan that revamps Greek mythology in a fun, fresh way kids find enthralling. A trouble-prone teen with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia, Percy is the half-blood son of Poseidon, one of 12 Olympian gods making mischief right here in 21st-century America. Praised by critics, librarians, and teachers, the Percy Jackson books have been honored with numerous awards and appear consistently on The New York Times bestseller list.

The series grew out of a sequence of bedtime stories Riordan invented for his son Haley -- who, at eight, had just been diagnosed with learning disabilities. Although Haley was having trouble in school, he loved the Greek myths and asked his dad to tell him some stories about the gods and heroes. Riordan ran through the standards from mythology, then began to invent new tales featuring some of the same characters and introducing a brave boy hero enough like Haley to make things interesting!

Haley begged his father to write the stories down, and in 2005, The Lightning Thief was published to excellent reviews. It was an instant hit with preteens, who loved the concept of a kid much like themselves -- i.e., embroiled in the everyday problems of school, family, and relationships -- embarking on heroic quests, soothing vengeful gods, and battling monsters.

In addition to Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Riordan also writes books for adults, most notably a series of high-octane Tex-Mex thrillers featuring private investigator Jackson "Tres" Navarre, a complicated loner with an offbeat pedigree. (Tres -- pronounced "Trace" -- is a tai chi master with a Ph.D. in medieval literature who turns to detective work when he is unable to find a teaching job!) The first novel in the series, 1997's Big Red Tequila, scooped the Anthony and Shamus Awards, two of the three most prestigious prizes for Mystery & Crime fiction. Riordan completed the trifecta when his sequel, The Widower's Two-Step, won the coveted Edgar Award in 1999.

Between the two series, Riordan remains incredibly busy. For several years, he balanced writing with teaching English to middle school students. Reluctantly, he has left teaching (a career he thoroughly enjoyed) in order to write full-time, but he still harbors hopes that someday he'll return to the classroom. Meanwhile, he makes frequent visits to schools and enjoys meeting young readers on his book tours.

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    1. Hometown:
      San Antonio, TX
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 5, 1964
    2. Place of Birth:
      San Antonio, TX
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English and History, University of Texas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    I loved this series and this one kept entranced

    I loved this series and this one kept entranced

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2013

    The Gods Have Shined Upon Us Rick Riordan┬┐s stunning series, Th

    The Gods Have Shined Upon Us
    Rick Riordan’s stunning series, The Heroes of Olympus, takes another thrilling and articulate adventure with the third book, The Mark of Athena. On a life or death quest to spare the planet from Gaea, the goddess of Earth, our seven main teenage heroes transverse the globe and the series into new locations and encountering all sorts of issues that make it more dangerous and action packed heights. A curse as old as the Gods themselves has reemerged and the plot thickens into a weaving and complex conflict with odds against their favor.

    As the story begins, Annabeth, Jason, Leo and other Greek demigods approach the city of New Rome, as the entire Greek world has moved to the North American Continent, to help create the peace between the two sides. In a strange and wicked turn of events, the two sides are unable to cooperate with the help for the greater good of the Earth. This kickstart to a conflict in the book and ensuing chase across the land intensifies the intrigue and action that does not let off until the end of this thrilling and adventurous tale.

    The conflicts of the novel create a certain atmosphere to the story and to the high paced action. The main quest of defeating Gaea soon becomes of a quest for survival for our seven demigods as they traverse towards new territory never seen before. As they continue on this quest, Annabeth takes on a quest of her own, pursuing the Mark of Athena in hope of destroying the eternal rift that has divided the hostile existence of the Greeks and vengeful Romans.

    Riordan has ended up creating another great fantasy epic with fantastic 3rd person limited to get to know characters in a better perspective, dynamic characters with interesting and distinct personalities, fast-paced action and the deep thought put into the imagery in the lore and mythology of the Greek and Roman world. Harry Potter may have ended in 2007, but with this book and the rest of the series, it fills the void left as a more distinct and able replacement. I would recommend this to not only kids, but if you want to start reading, I would recommend to start at The Lightning Thief. Writing about a quest with seven main heroes can be hard and really weigh the whole thing down, but Riordan is able to hold this together with its moments of getting their characters to work and feel more human and actually work to the advantage.

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