Monday, October 21, 2013

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan Review

"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."

Finally! I went to Target three days after the book was released and couldn't find a copy. They said it was all gone. And then I thought, wow this is just amazing. The House of Hades seems to be doing very well in the market. 

The House of Hades is a very ominous and serious story, so far different from it precedents and fellow novels. It involves many things that are very adultish. If you're a... Actually, I'm not going to go in there. That's politics and I'm not a politician, unlike my aunt (I think she wants me to be one). 

It starts off so well. I'm fairly impress with the entire book, overall. This series gets better and better as Riordan writes more. However, I feel that his books are getting kind of repetitive. For example, in The Lost Hero, it was Jason's and Piper's big moment (big moment meaning the moment they do an epic quest or fight or something like that). Then in Son of Neptune, it was Percy's big moment. Then in Mark of Athena, it's Annabeth's. Now, in House of Hades, the big moment belongs to Frank and Hazel. I'm getting in Blood of Olympus, Leo will be the big guy in the story. "To storm or fire, the world must fall." What if Leo caused the fire?

This is probably the first book of Mr. Riordan's that I cried (internal cry) in. The ending is pure beautiful and sweet. I love how Percy was the one to deliver the... I can't say it. It's major spoiler.

Oh, look at the time! It's time to reveal spoilers. *Evil Laughter* (Yeah, I lied. I waited all this time and now I'm going to reveal it). 

Most shocking spoilers: 
1. Nico diAngelo has a crush on one of those people who fell into Tartarus. It's Annabeth, right? Because he listened to her when he was visibly upset by his sister's passing. WRONG. It's Percy Jackson, the guy Nico loves. That's right: LOVE. This was sadly revealed by Cupid/Eros, who forcefully revealed that to Jason Grace, who happened to be the unfortunate and ONLY listener to Cupid's and Nico's private and deep conversation. 

2. Percabeth escapes Tartarus. No surprises there. Bob (the titian who was dipped into River Lethe) and a peace loving giant gave up their lives to close the doors of Death while Percabeth escapes. 

3. Leo makes a promise to find Calypso. That's right, the Fates sent him to Calypso for treatment. In the fourth book of Percy Jackson series, Percy Jackson was sent to Calypso because of his severe injuries caused by Mt. Helena. Now Leo arrives there and boom! He makes a promise. "An Oath to keep with a final breath." Ominous. 

4. Romans and Greeks may finally work together for the final battle. The statue of Athena is on the way back to Half-Blood Camp. 

5. Frank becomes more manly. (Finally, no baby face!)

6. Percabeth goes insane. They grow mature and more in love. 

7. Hazel is a witch. She has the ability to cast spells, like her mother. She can manipulate the Mist. I wonder if she's the granddaughter of Hecate. 


Rating: Five out of Five

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