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The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Blood of Olympus

Book Info

Title: The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus, Book 5)
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: October 7, 2014
Pages: 516
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Books
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

Through all their trials so far, the demigods are finding that defeating Gaea is certainly going to be more difficult than they ever imagined. The Feast of Spes is rapidly approaching, and the window if time they have to stop her is closing. At the same time, their fellow demigods of Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter are on the bring of an all-out battle, something it seems they will have no way of stopping from where they stand. They’ve retrieved the Athena Parthenos, which could serve as a vital weapon in stopping Gaea, but it is also the one thing that could stop the war brewing at home. The team knows they need to split up–a couple of people heading back to Long Island with the statue while the rest continue on to Athens to put an end to Gaea’s attempt to fully awaken  and to once again save the gods and the world…

I don’t toss around the phrase “epic conclusion” very lightly, but that’s certainly what we have here. This is an action-packed final chapter in a story that’s been brewing from all the way back in The Lightning Thief. What I also really liked about this installment is that the rest of the demigods (even some who aren’t on the crew) get their moments to shine. We don’t get pages and pages on them, but readers get enough to understand them better, to cheer for them, and to become even further immersed in this incredible world that Rick Riordan has created.

I’ve always enjoyed these books as someone who loves mythology (have since as far as I can remember) and fantasy, while also enjoying a good YA book now and then. While this chapter has come to a close, I’m glad that Riordan is continuing with new series and keeping the spirit of urban-fantasy-inspired-by-mythology alive.

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.

Title: The Lost Hero
Author: Rick Riordan
Publication Date: October 12, 2010

Rating: ★ ★ ★  
Review: 
This is a bit different than the Percy Jackson series in a number of ways. First, this is not presented in first person. And that definitely makes sense as Riordan is no longer focusing solely on Percy as the protagonist of this series. Second, even though the world is the same, be prepared for a whole new slate of characters to be joining the world of Percy and the other Half-Bloods.

Overall, I really enjoyed it. It contains the spirit of the previous series, pulls in even more mythology and history, and delivers another great adventure with a few unexpected twists and turns.