“The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus #4)” by Rick Riordan
Genre: Young Adult/Middle Grade Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy
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.
- Wow, I forgot how overwhelming the Heroes of Olympus books are. The Percy Jackson books had a lot going on but Percy was the only narrator. That made things relatively easy to follow. The Lost Hero and The Son of Neptune were different because they had ~3 narrators? It gave us a good variety but it was still easy to follow the story. The House of Hades (and The Mark of Athena if I remember correctly) have 7 narrators. 7! That is a lot going on. Yes, some stories overlap because the narrators are with each other but that is still a lot going on.
- Seriously though, jumping around from narrator to narrator is hard. Just when you get back into the grove of one storyline, you’re thrown into another one.
- This was very much a middle of the series book unfortunately. It was really just moving us from book 3 to book 5. I was hoping for a lot more developments. We learned a few more things but the biggest focus of the story was getting Annabeth and Percy back to the others.
- The books are definitely starting to set foot in the YA book realm. They aren’t fully there but almost. I guess it makes sense because the kids who originally read and loved the PJ books years ago are now teenagers. You kind of want the books to grow with them [much like I grew with the Harry Potter books].
- I still can’t get totally on board with the romances. They’re nice but I don’t fully feel them. Percy and Annabeth’s relationship is the only one I can totally and completely feel because I’ve seen it develop over many books and years. The other romances are cute enough but they feel a bit forced.
The bottom line? Good enough. Can’t wait to see what Blood of Olympus has in store for us!