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Book Review: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan 
Series: Heroes of Olympus, #4
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 597 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 8, 2013
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I read the Finnish version, “Haadeksen Talo”. Contains spoilers for earlier books in the series.

Hazel stands at a crossroads. She and the remaining crew of the Argo II could return home with the Athena Parthenos statue and try to stop Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter from going to war. Or they could continue their quest to find the House of Hades, where they might be able to open the Doors of Death, rescue their friends Percy and Annabeth from Tartarus, and prevent monsters from being reincarnated in the mortal world. Whichever road they decide to take, they have to hurry, because time is running out. Gaea, the bloodthirsty Earth Mother, has set the date of August 1 for her rise to power.

Annabeth and Percy are overwhelmed. How will the two of them make it through Tartarus? Starving, thirsty, and in pain, they are barely able to stumble on in the dark and poisonous landscape that holds new horrors at every turn. They have no way of locating the Doors of Death. Even if they did, a legion of Gaea’s strongest monsters guards the Doors on the Tartarus side. Annabeth and Percy can’t exactly launch a frontal assault.

Despite the terrible odds, Hazel, Annabeth, Percy, and the other demigods of the prophecy know that there is only one choice: to attempt the impossible. Not just for themselves, but for everyone they love. Even though love can be the riskiest choice of all.

Join the demigods as they face their biggest challenges yet in The House of Hades, the hair-raising penultimate book in the best-selling Heroes of Olympus series.

Majority loves this series, so I don’t know why I don’t? There’s nothing wrong with it but most of the books are only enjoyable but not anything I would scream others to read. I would blame the fact that they’re middle grade/ young adult but I enjoyed Percy Jackson more. I think I’ll never just learn to like multiple POVs.

“But magic is neither good nor evil. It is a tool, like a knife. Is a knife evil? Only if the wielder is evil.”

The gang don’t only have to  deal with having no Percy but also without Annabeth. Percy was like their rock who gives them self-confidence while Annabeth had been like their leader and smartest of the seven. I love Percy to pieces I do. He’s one of my top three Rick Riordan characters but I couldn’t really get interested in what happened with him and Annabeth.

I was much more interested in what happened with rest of the characters. Percy and Annabeth only got their whole own series and I wanted to find more about Jason, Frank, Hazel and Leo. I don’t really like Piper but it was nice to see her shine too.

I was so happy about what we learned about Hazel in this book and I’m happy Frank finally got to show his skills especially since Leo’s “jokes” always made him so insecure. I like Leo but his so called jokes always makes me feel bad for other characters, especially for Frank because I guess he’s the character I relate to the most. In this book I’m glad he got to finally do something else besides being a sidekick to others.

“Oh, I wouldn’t say Love always makes you happy. Sometimes it makes you incredibly sad.”

All in all better book than The Mark of Athena but still not my favorite. I’m so happy we got to see “new” characters thrive instead of being under Percy and Annabeth’s shadow. I also enjoyed Nico finally admitting his feelings. I’m a sucker to romance I know so I hope to see more Hazel/ Frank and even Leo with his potential love interest.


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