|Release Date: October 8, 2013|
from Disney Hyperion
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"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."
My Thoughts:The House of Hades was another enjoyable addition to the Heroes of Olympus series. This one wasn’t my favorite of the series but I still really liked it. I always enjoy Riordan’s take on Greek and Roman mythology.
Okay. So. There are a ton of characters that can be discussed because this series has SO MANY main characters. While I enjoy the diversity and depth of the cast, I do admit that it can get a bit overwhelming for the reader at times jumping between the differing perspectives. Especially because you are going to enjoy certain perspectives more than others. I know there were times where I wanted to speed through certain characters to get back to my favorites.
Obviously Percy is still my favorite perspective and character. I mean how could he not be? We have been through so many books with Percy now. As readers we have watched him become a legendary hero, so how can I not be attached. I kept wanting to get back to his and Annabeth’s chapters because those two were the two I was most invested in. Other than Percy though, I also really enjoyed Leo. He is just so funny and I really enjoy his sense of humor. Oh and Nico. He is such a grumpy little demigod but I’ve really taken a liking to him lately and I wish he would let these guys in. All of these guys on this quest are so great and I love how all the differing personalities have come together.
I do need to take a second to complain about the Roman camp though because damn they are so dumb. I don’t understand how so many dumb people can all be in one group. It is blatantly obvious that there is something big going on, but all Octavian and them can focus on is fighting a useless battle with Camp Halfblood. Maybe I’m just protective of Camp Halfblood but the Roman Camp really aggravates me.
As always I enjoyed the Greek and Roman mythology interwoven into the stories. I like that Riordan seems to be focusing more on the more ancient and lesser known beings this time around. It really switches things up and it’s nice to not see the same gods and goddesses again.
The House of Hades is a good read and a good addition to the series. It has definitely set the stage for an epic conclusion and I can’t wait to see where it all goes.