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Book Review: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

The_House_of_Hades“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.”

Rick Riordan has got that genius ability to make every single one of his books exciting, scary and heartbreaking all in one go. The House of Hades is the penultimate book in The Heroes of Olympus book series, and yet it didn’t fall into that hole that so many other penultimate books do where the only action is setting up for the finale. It was action packed, the storylines where tight, engaging and thoroughly thrilling and they’re was a surprising and heartwarming character development that Rick Riordan deserves some sort of medal for.

We left off The Mark of Athena on a cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers. Annabeth and Percy had fallen into the Underworld, the most dangerous place for two half bloods to be. The other five were racing to find the Doors of Death in the hope of rescuing the two lovebirds, and of course Camp Half-Blood were to come under imminent attack from the Romans. To say it lightly, there was a lot going on.

I have to say, I was really impressed by The Mark of Athena. I thought it was the strongest book of the series and I loved the twists and turns, most of which where totally unexpected. I also loved the cliffhanger. I love that Rick isn’t afraid of tying up each book nicely and neatly and that he wasn’t afraid to put his characters in mortal peril – I mean they are half-bloods there NEEDS to be some danger. However, The House of Hades blew the previous book out of the water.

As usual, Rick’s writing was spot on. Always fast paced and funny, I love the way how there was subtle changes between each characters viewpoint – reflecting their personalities. I love the different character viewpoints – we know the seven main characters SO much more then we would have if only one character was narrating.

There was never a dull moment in HoH. I never felt bored because there was always something exciting happening, The action always pushed the plot forward so whilst reading I was constantly changing my theory to what was going to happen and the tension was ramped up a notch – I could feel my own heart pounding as I got to the end of the book!

I also ADORED the character development. The Percabeth scenes were AMAZING. They were a strong couple before but in this book I could really see their individual development and how that impacted on their relationship – I mean they are nearly adults now! There was also another great moment, that was for me the stand out moment in the book, if not the series in terms of representation in YA/MG books. I didn’t see it coming, and yet when I look back now I can spot the signs. I thought it was done beautifully and touchingly and I really hope it helps people. I’m not going to say what happened – go read the book – but I really think it was special.

Overall, this book was amazing. It had everything I wanted from it and more and I cannot wait for the final book in the series. I often think that YA/MG books are seen as less than adult books and I think House of Hades and this series in general completely proves that misguided theory wrong. This is a series that will make children fall in love with reading, and that is so important, especially when they’re is so many gadgets and consoles around.

*A quick side-note: The blogs been a little quiet for a while and I am so sorry about that. School and work and life got on top of me and then my laptop broke and I just didn’t have the time. However, I have a new laptop and I am back in the game and so excited to do more posts on this blog! Thank you all so much for continuing to follow me!

 

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