Also by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One: The Lightning Thief Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book Two: The Sea of Monsters Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book Three: The Titan’s Curse Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book Four: The Battle of the Labyrinth Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book Five: The Last Olympian The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid TheKane Chronicles, Book Two: The Throne of Fire The Kane Chronicles, Book Three: The Serpent’s Shadow The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two: The Son of Neptune
Many thanks to Seán Hemingway, curator of Greek and Roman antiquities at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, for helping me follow the Mark of Athena to its source.Copyright © 2012 by Rick Riordan All rights reserved. Published by Disney • Hyperion Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission from the publisher. For information address Disney •Hyperion Books, 114 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10011-5690. ISBN 978-1-4231-5516-4 Visit www.disneyhyperionbooks.com
Also by Rick Riordan Title Page Copyright Dedication I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X XI XII XIII
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To Speedy Strays and wanderers are often sent by the gods.
UNTIL SHE MET THE EXPLODING STATUE, Annabeth thought she was prepared for anything. She’d paced the deck of their flying warship, the
Argo II, checking and double-checking the ballistae to make sure they were locked down. She confirmed that the white “We come inpeace” flag was flying from the mast. She reviewed the plan with the rest of the crew— and the backup plan, and the backup plan for the backup plan. Most important, she pulled aside their war-crazed chaperone, Coach Gleeson Hedge, and encouraged him to take the morning off in his cabin and watch reruns of mixed martial arts championships. The last thing they needed as they flew a magical Greek triremeinto a potentially hostile Roman camp was a middleaged satyr in gym clothes waving a club and yelling “Die!” Everything seemed to be in order. Even that mysterious chill she’d been feeling since the ship launched had dissipated, at least for now. The warship descended through the clouds, but Annabeth couldn’t stop second-guessing herself. What if this was a bad idea? What if the Romans panickedand attacked them on sight? The Argo II definitely did not look friendly. Two
hundred feet long, with a bronze-plated hull, mounted repeating crossbows fore and aft, a flaming metal dragon for a figurehead, and two rotating ballistae amidships that could fire explosive bolts powerful enough to blast through concrete…well, it wasn’t the most appropriate ride for a meet-and-greet with theneighbors. Annabeth had tried to give the Romans a heads-up. She’d asked Leo to send one of his special inventions —a holographic scroll—to alert their friends inside the camp. Hopefully the message had gotten through. Leo had wanted to paint a giant message on the bottom of the hull—WASSUP? with a smiley face—but Annabeth vetoed the idea. She wasn’t sure the Romans had a sense of humor. Too late to turnback now. The clouds broke around their hull, revealing the gold-and-green carpet of the Oakland Hills below them. Annabeth gripped one of the bronze shields that lined the starboard rail. Her three crewmates took their places. On the stern quarterdeck, Leo rushed around like a
madman, checking his gauges and wrestling levers. Most helmsmen would’ve been satisfied with a pilot’s wheel or a...
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