Series: The Heroes of Olympus #4
Published by Disney-Hyperion on October 8th, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult
At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?
They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.
At it’s close-to-600 pages (seriously? was all of that necessary?), The House of Hades took me an upsettingly long time to read. Clearly I read the rest of the series when I was not on a semi-strict reading schedule of two books per week, heh. Also I had more free time then. But all in all, Rick Riordan delivers again. I don’t think he could write a seriously disappointing book for me. While this isn’t my favorite in the series, it was truly awesome.
Although it had already been roughly 15 months since I read The Mark of Athena I had no trouble picking this book up and continuing with the story. There wasn’t a big recap or anything, but frankly the ending of The Mark of Athena was such a cliffhanger (*cough*) that obviously you will remember it. This book picks right back up with the action and continues with what we can expect from Rick Riordan: humor, adventure, action, twists, and of course lots of Greek mythology. So. That can’t really go wrong for me. I was into it from page one.
I must say though that I enjoyed Percy and Annabeth’s scenes much more than the rest of the group’s. Not only do I like reading from their points of view more, because their voices are more fun and interesting, but their story was just… asdfjkl; heartbreaking and suspenseful. I loathed leaving their storyline. In this book we have all of the main characters’ points of view, but they are still very distinctive from each other. I still love Leo most (aside from Percy and Annabeth) and Piper can seriously gtfoplz because I’m getting entirely all too sick of her. *sigh* She just annoys me so much, and this time there was a special scene where *she was the hero, saving the group* but her powers are so lame that I was just rolling my eyes at her the whole time (a magical cornucopia that shoots food, used as a weapon? please). It felt so deliberate, like now I’m supposed to like her or whatever, or think she’s capable of something, but no. Nope. So done.
However, Piper was made up for by the wonderful cast of secondary characters that always deliver. Bob, the Titan. I was laughing so hard. He is awesome. And sort of adorable. And yay. Also Calypso returns! And I did not mind that one bit. So much sympathy for her curse. Hecate appeared, and I loved getting to know her… Basically, the way Rick Riordan presents such a rich world with so many interesting and developed characters… it impresses me every time.
I was also happy at the major amounts of SHIPPY FEELS caused by this book. Not only do we have Percy and Annabeth struggling to get through Tartarus together… seriously, all the feels there. They are so perfect for each other. All their scenes together basically gave me chills. But we also get a ship for Leo. And I was waiting DESPERATELY for this to happen at some point in the series, because almost everyone else is paired off and stuff, but by far, Leo’s ship is my second favorite ship. FEELINGS. I hope we explore the ship much more in The Blood of Olympus because I NEED A HAPPY ENDING THERE OKAY?!
I want to also express my happiness with Nico’s turn of events. I can’t say. Because spoilers. But I was so. freaking. happy. It was probably my favorite part of the book. Yes, I choose that over all of the Percabeth scenes and the new Leo ship. Honestly. It was just so beautifully handled. It actually made me like Jason more as well – for the rest I’ve still found him extremely boring until now. And I’m so proud of Rick Riordan for going there, for taking chances, and just YES. Now please let’s have a Nico ship, because that would complete the picture.