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Title: The Sentinel
Author: Troy Denning
Publication Date: April 1, 2013

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
I’ve been enjoying The Sundering, a series of books surrounding a major reshaping of the world of Forgotten Realms, so of course I requested the fifth installment, The Sentinel, as soon as it was available. And can’t say I was left particularly disappointed.

The Sentinel reads, to me, like a typical fantasy novel. We’re dropped into the action of the story and quickly introduced to the characters when they’re already fighting off the Shadovar. The truth of their quest/adventure is revealed shortly thereafter (though there might be some underlying motives not being spoken, we’ll have to wait and see). There are a few altercations between the ‘heroes’ and the ‘villains’ and they reach a point where it seems like victory is impossible, and the ‘heroes’ are put to the test.

Tory Denning’s writing stile is engaging, but I found much of the story predictable. The ‘twists’ that are thrown in were ones I expected before they were revealed and the ending just seemed a bit anti-climactic. That said, the story itself was enjoyable – especially in the context of the overall series – and I’d certainly recommend this to anyone who is interested in reading The Sundering from start to finish.

(eGalley provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

Title: The House of Hades
Author: Rick Riordan
Publication Date: October 8, 2013

Rating: ★ ★ ★  
Review: 
Incredible is not strong enough of a word to describe how I feel about this book. It was difficult for me to put it down – which is true of all of the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus books I’ve read thus far, but even more true with this installment. Riordan continues to seamlessly integrate rich stories of mythology with the lives and adventures of the demigods. But this one is where I felt so many of the characters came into their own. There are great personal challenges for several of The Seven (and others) and so much growth and character development. As the penultimate book of the series, I thought Riordan did a great job of presenting this epic part of their adventure whilst also setting up what is likely to be an even more epic final battle.

Do I really have to wait until October to find out how it all ends??

Title: The Mark of Athena
Author: Rick Riordan
Publication Date: October 2, 2012

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
The two worlds of the Greek and Roman demigods finally collide – and in some unexpected ways! When the Seven of the Great Prophecy finally come together, it’s time to begin the journey to stop Gaea, something that isn’t as easy as it sounds (an understatement, even for the world of Percy Jackson).

The journey takes the Seven back to the old world – a place most demigods won’t dare to tread. But before they can get to Greece, they need to stop off in Rome so that Annabeth can follow the Mark of Athena (hence the title) to complete a quest than no child of Athena before her has been able to complete. And, of course, Gaea’s minions have no intention of making any of this easy for anyone.

It was interesting to see the demigods in Rome, to see some more of the minor gods and the way they manifest, and see how Riordan continues to weave all of the mythology together in a modern setting.

I did feel like there were parts that could have moved a bit more quickly, but that may just be me wanting to see how the quest progresses and how it all winds up. The House of Hades is next (as soon as I come up on the library’s waiting list, that is)!

Title: The Son of Neptune
Author: Rick Riordan
Publication Date: October 4, 2011

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
Building on The Lost Hero, it’s interesting to see what Percy (the other lost hero) has experienced as a result of the swap. Riordan introduces us to a whole crew of new demigods and continues to expand the world where Percy and his friends live in a very masterful way. The way he’s put together the Greek and Roman while keeping it separate at the same time creates a depth that I think one doesn’t always find in the world of a fantasy young adult novel.

I feel like there’s a bit more world-building and humor in this than its predecessor, but there was a bit more action in The Lost Hero. Definitely can’t wait to move onto the next installment.