Monday, March 10, 2014

Review: The House of Hades

Title: The House of Hades
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Pages: 583

Goodreads Description:

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.

It's no big secret that I'm a huge fan of the Heroes of Olympus series, which is why it's so surprising that it took me forever to read this book. Granted, it is an extremely long book but usually I knock out one of Rick Riordan's books in 4-5 days. The House of Hades took me months. However, I don't think it's because I didn't enjoy the book, I think it's simply the timing of when I started it. I started it, stopped, started again, stopped, then didn't pick it up again for several months. Once I really got into it though I did it enjoy. 

If you've read Mark of Athena you know that Rick Riordan quite literally left us with a cliffhanger. Percy and Annabeth fell into Tartarus. The House of Hades picks right up after that. The book is once again told in multiple points of view. 

I gotta say that one of my favorite characters in The House of Hades is Bob. I really, really loved him. I thought it was a very interesting addition to the story. 

I continue to love Percy and Annabeth. They are always adorable. My feelings for Leo really grew in this book. I felt that we got to see a more serious side to him which I definitely enjoyed. Piper finally starting showing a little strength and got her chance to save the day. Frank probably grew the most in this book. He really came to terms with who he is and got more comfortable with himself.

Like previous books the action is nonstop. With Percy and Annabeth in Tartarus, things are pretty dire most of the book. Percy and Annabeth are one wrong move from death the entire book. And things aren't much better for everyone else. Camp Half Blood and Camp Jupiter seem pretty much set to kill one another. (Well, Camp Jupiter wants to kill Camp Half Blood so Camp Half Blood has to defend theirselves). Frank, Hazel, Leo, Jason, Piper, and Nico are under constant attack. It's just a bad situation all the way around. 

The House of Hades is yet another great novel by Rick Riordan. However, I still think it's my least favorite of the series. Gladly, Riordan does end the book with a semi-happy ending (i.e. no one is falling into Tartarus). I can't wait for The Blood of Olympus! 


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