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niche
used in The Mark of Athena

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Definition
a smaller market within a larger market — such as the market for scissors designed for people who are left-handed

or:

a role for which someone is especially well-suited

or:

a shallow recess, cranny or crevice
  • Jason moved to the row of niches.
    p. 484.4
  • Each niche was about five feet off the floor and big enough for a human-sized statue, but each was empty.
    p. 483.7
  • Piper ran her hand along the bottom of another niche.
    p. 484.6
  • Above them, the nine niches glowed.
    p. 485.7
  • "What would happen to the nymphs?" said the creature in the center niche.
    p. 486.1
  • There were always nine niches.
    p. 487.2
  • The other nymphs wailed and clawed at their niches.
    p. 487.7
  • All nine niches glowed.
    p. 489.9
  • They climbed into the alcoves to gain some height, but with water pouring out of each niche, it was like trying to balance at the edge of a waterfall.
    p. 494.3
  • Even as Piper stood in a niche, the water was soon up to her knees.
    p. 494.4
  • You guys, check the niches for secret exits.
    p. 494.9
  • Jason and Piper climbed from niche to niche, kicking and pounding, wiggling seashells embedded in the stone; but they had no luck.
    p. 495.1
  • Jason and Piper climbed from niche to niche, kicking and pounding, wiggling seashells embedded in the stone; but they had no luck.
    p. 495.1
  • The niches glowed.
    p. 500.7

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