THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS (Heroes of Olympus, Book 5)

by Rick Riordan

Published by Disney Hyperion

A review by John Irvin


“Jason hated being old. His joints hurt. His legs shook. As he tried to climb the hill, his lungs rattled like a box of rocks.”

            From the back cover blurb:

            Nico had warned them. Going through the House of Hades would stir the demigod’s 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.

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. Book 5 and finale in the Heroes of Olympus series.

            Staying true to his epic, keep-you-holding-on, style of story-telling, Rick Riordan brings the best conclusion to this young adult fantasy adventure starring our favorite characters. I am never disappointed by Riordan’s books.

            Even though the first page had me hooked into the story with its intensity and slightly comedic and death-defying scene—I still felt a breath of relief. After the previous book, Blood of Olympus held this promise that everything would work out in the end.

            Yes, there were still plenty of desperate situations that my demigod friends had to go through—dangerous struggles were still a plenty—but all through it, I felt this hope that we just might make it. Even when the final scenes were around the corner and it seemed all was lost, I knew, you have to cling to whatever spark of hope you had.

            Was I scared? Yes! You never know when an author is going to throw some plot twist in or one of your favorite character’s death, so was I reading as fast as my little eyes could go? Yes!

            If you’re collecting all things Riordan, this is a must buy. Not to mention, it is the finale in the awesome Percy Jackson sequel series!

            So, take my recommendation and click this link to go buy it: THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS.

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