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Is this the end?

The Blood Of OlympusThe final instalment of Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series, was released last October. Having followed this series for years, I went out to get a copy  of The Blood of Olympus as soon as I could, but only got around to writing a review two months later. Sorry for the wait.

[Editor’s note: And Samuel only got around to posting it two months after THAT. Blame him for forgetting about the blog over the Christmas period.]

The Blood of Olympus tells of the final, epic battle converging on the Acropolis of Athens, the birth place of the Greek Gods, but also much closer to home at Camp Half-Blood. With the fate of the world riding on the crew of the Argo II and their impossible plan to stop Gaia, every minute counts. But the reunion of the seven demigods is bittersweet, as the prophecy looms over them promising death and destruction.

Once again, Riordan has delivered an exciting, humourous, plot-driven instalment in the series. There was more of a focus on the minor characters from previous novels, Reyna and Nico, which offered a new perspective, but became frustrating at times when the focus was diverted from the main action. The histories of these characters provided a much more complex background to the story, and revealed important events and individuals who had shaped these characters and influenced every decision they made.

As the story drew to an end, I was desperate to get inside particular characters’ heads, but was instead stuck with characters who I felt had already finished their stories and had provided the reader with enough closure. Don’t get me wrong, the  narrative, almost written in third person at times, was effective in showing the extent of everything that had happened and concluding other stories from afar, but I would have liked a more intimate account from each character. I wasn’t as emotional as I was reading the final Percy Jackson novel, or even the rest of the Heroes of Olympus series. I felt oddly removed from the characters. I did enjoy the novel – I was just expecting an epic finale to the series that I had loved for so long. And in reality, Riordan did deliver this. It just didn’t feel as powerful or resonating as it could have been.

Among other things, this really delayed a sense of closure until the very end of the novel; it was hard to believe that it was really over until the last page. And even so, I feel as though there is still enough material to write another five books – but that might be pushing it.

Nonetheless, all fans of this series will be compelled to turn each page, and wait nervously for the end. This series has grown with its readers, coming a long way since Percy Jackson’s first adventures. It feels almost like the end of an era as you reach the back cover of this novel, but Riordan promises plenty more modern mythology to come.

The House of Hades

WARNING: Spoilers for Percy Jackson series and Heroes of Olympus #1-3.

The House of Hades

The House of Hades is the fourth book in the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan, which follows on from the Percy Jackson series. These two series bring the mythology of ancient Greece and Rome to life in the modern world, with phenomenal consequences for the children of gods and mortals who are in a constant struggle to keep peace between the Gods, Titans, Giants, monsters and each other.

After a tense cliff-hanger (literally) at the end of The Mark of Athena, The House of Hades begins with a melancholy feel as the crew of the Argo II grieve the loss of Annabeth and Percy. The two fell to Tartarus after battling the                                                                                       cursed immortal Arachne for the lost Athena Parthenos. 

As always, I was gripped by this novel from the very first page. I honestly could not put it down until I’d finished it a day after I’d first picked it up (I would have finished it quicker, but I did have to sleep). This book is extremely well written and action packed with even more new villains and challenges than ever before. Setting part of the book in Tartarus really set me on edge, I was constantly worried if Percy and Annabeth would be able to make it through what was undoubtedly their toughest challenge yet. 

This installment of the series also had some major character development that made me realize how close we are to the end of the series, and possibly the world of Percy Jackson. There were many secrets revealed by the main characters that shocked and delighted me at the same time and also generated a lot of sympathy for certain characters. New relationships also developed despite the emotional and physical strain this quest caused the demigods (and their satyr “protector”). Now their quest is to save Annabeth and Percy from the depths of Tartarus before destroying the Doors of Death in Greece. But this won’t be easy; Gaia and her followers block their progress at every turn, and back in America the Greek and Roman demigods are on the brink of war.

This is quite possibly one of my favourite book series; I am constantly excited and surprised by the plot, challenged by the characters and enlightened by all the Greek and Roman mythology. These books are also incredibly funny, and despite the tense atmosphere of The House of Hades, the perfectly timed jokes (some of which were in Latin) and the sometimes humourous style of writing had me laughing uncontrollably.

Rick Riordan fans, and anyone who wants to become one, will fall obsessively in love with this newest book as they join the seven of the prophecy on their deadliest adventure yet.