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Book Review: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan 
Series: Heroes of Olympus, #5
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 516 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 7, 2014
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Olympoksen Veri”. Contains spoilers for earlier books in the series.

Nico had warned them. Going through the House of Hades would stir the demigods’ worst memories. Their ghosts would become restless. Nico may actually become a ghost if he has to shadow-travel with Reyna and Coach Hedge one more time. But that might be better than the alternative: allowing someone else to die, as Hades foretold.

Jason’s ghost is his mother, who abandoned him when he was little. He may not know how he is going to prove himself as a leader, but he does know that he will not break promises like she did. He will complete his line of the prophecy: To storm or fire the world must fall.

Reyna fears the ghosts of her ancestors, who radiate anger. But she can’t allow them to distract her from getting the Athena Parthenos to Camp Half-Blood before war breaks out between the Romans and Greeks. Will she have enough strength to succeed, especially with a deadly hunter on her trail?

Leo fears that his plan won’t work, that his friends might interfere. But there is no other way. All of them know that one of the Seven has to die in order to defeat Gaea, the Earth Mother.

Piper must learn to give herself over to fear. Only then will she be able to do her part at the end: utter a single word.

Heroes, gods, and monsters all have a role to play in the climactic fulfillment of the prophecy in The Blood of Olympus, the electrifying finale of the best-selling Heroes of Olympus series.

“No one can hate you with more intensity than someone who used to love you.”

I feel bad for Jason. He never really got to choose what he wanted to be. People always expected him to lead ever since he came to Jupiter camp. As Jupiter’s son his future was set no matter what he did. I really love what he decided to do for the gods and hopefully we get to see some progress in Apollo’s series.

Another character I felt really bad for was Leo for thinking he’ll always be an outsider. For some reason I just dislike Piper like I wanted to skip all of her point of views.

I was glad to finally see more of Nico and he actually made some friends and learned to allow people to get close to him.

I was glad to see more mentions of romance even if we didn’t get to see much of them. Annabeth and Percy had a very cute moment and I don’t even ship them. But I was the most exited for Ella and Tyson having a tiny tiny part and seeing more of Hazel and Frank.

“Strong,” said Ella, preening her wings, “Ella’s boyfriend is stronger than the Romans.”

All in all I wish I had enjoyed this series more. I wish its had focused more on these characters than Percy and Annabeth. I loved that they appeared in the series of course but I also wanted more backstory on the other characters and more character growth.


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