Genre: urban fantasy
Length: 516 pages
Setting: various locations around the world, present day
Interest: It’s the last book in the Heroes of Olympus series, following The House of Hades. The kids and I read it in less than a week, fighting over who would get the book at any one time.
Summary: There are several ongoing plot lines that we switch between in the story. In one, Nico, Reyna, and Coach Hedge are trying to get the statue of Athena Parthenos back to Camp Half-Blood before the Romans surrounding the camp (led by Octavius) attack. At the same time, Leo, Piper, Jason, Annabeth, Percy, Hazel and Frank are on their way to the Acropolis to defeat the giants gathered there. The giants are trying to awaken Gaea, which requires the blood of a demigod to do. Unfortunately, the demigods are injured trying to defeat the giants, even though the Gods come down to assist in the killing of giants. The final battle is against Gaea back at Camp Half-Blood. The Romans are prepared to attack, but Reyna manages to wrest control from Octavius and join the Greeks in fighting Gaea.
Final thoughts: An excellent, adventure-filed ending to the series. It’s a kid’s book, so of course everything works out in the end. The question isn’t WILL they succeed; it HOW they will succeed. Riordan’s books get a little tiresome after a time because they follow a very similar formula, so I wouldn’t recommend reading the whole series at once if you’re an adult. The formula is very enjoyable to read on occasion, though.
We got to see the story from more of the “secondary” characters’ points of view, which was a nice change. Nico got a chance to be accepted, regardless of his talents. And there are even hints that he might find a boyfriend back at Camp Half-Blood. Again, this is a kids book, so even the established members of a relationship barely even kiss.
The book is quite complex for the targeted audience. The reader has to be able to keep multiple plots straight, as well as handle jumping between narrators. Riordan’s just raising a generation of readers that will have no problem with George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series, or Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series (some day I’ll get around to writing up more than just the last book in that series).
Title comes from: The fact that blood from two demigods would be instrumental in awakening Gaea.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 85/100 in my 100 Book Challenge
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