Genre: middle grade urban fantasy
Length: 597 pages
Setting: mostly the Mediterranean Sea, present day, directly following the events of The Mark of Athena
Interest: It’s book four in the Heroes of Olympus series
Summary: Percy and Annabeth have fallen into Tartarus and need to find the Doors of Death to get back to the land of the living. Along the way, they are helped by Bob, who used to be the Titan Iapetus, and the giant Damasen. At the same time, the other demigods on the quest are trying to get to Epirus, Greece, where the Doors of Death open. There are many battles along the way and each of the demigods have their moment to shine and lead. Once they get to Epirus, they venture into the House of Hades where they fight hordes of monsters, the sorceress Pasiphae, and the giant Clytus to get to the Doors of Death.
Final thoughts: Highly enjoyable, as per usual. One of the themes of the book seems to that each of the demigods have doubts about whether or they belong in the team on the quest. However, they each have a turning point where they have to step up their game in order to get past an obstacle, and they did. Even with seven main characters, everyone got a chance to tell their story.
Title comes from: Their goal in Greece was the House of Hades where the Doors of Death were opening into Tartarus.
Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review of a book from a previous year
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