The Blood of Olympus – Rick Riordan

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)

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Author: Rick Riordan
Release Date: October 7th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #4
Pages: 516
Pacing: Medium/ fast

Description

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.

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This was very much a compelling, action-packed Rick Riordan and a series I had very much warmed to over time, it’s just I felt this ending was a bit rushed and everything worked out so perfectly for everyone, I mean there was a lot of danger, but it just seemed a bit like the author just wanted everything done with and I didn’t feel like there was enough of a build up to the ending especially considering what happened and what was at stake.

Don’t get me wrong this was still a very well written and exciting read with well developed characters and it was really fun watching the dynamics unfold between everyone and the adventures they went on in the end were still great fun to read about. I kind of felt as this was a series ender that things should have had a lot of build up towards the final goal and when the final goal was achieved there should have been more of an aftermath with the world and all of the characters and while the author didn’t exactly abruptly end things, it was still rather a quick ending that kind of left me thinking, well that’s it?

As I have said the scope in this whole series was quite big and in the previous books we got a lot of anticipation for the final battle with Gaia as well as a lot of character development revolving around the prophecy of seven. I’m not saying this wasn’t realised just that I don’t think all the potential was used in this ending because as mentioned it just seemed at the end like the author rushed things too much and just wanted to get things over and done with. The final battle did feel more than a little too easy and I won’t lie when I say I was expecting more of an epic finale with Octavian considering what he did and what he became, though I suppose in its own ways the way the author dealt with things was satisfying in its own rights. I also wish there had been chapters told from Percy’s point of view too, that was a bit of a bummer and I don’t quite understand even now why the author did that…

Despite my disappointment in the way the author decided to handle things in this ending, I have only deducted half a star because I still very much enjoyed my time with all these characters and all the mythological wonders the author wove in so effortlessly. All the characters in these books are so well thought of and being on their journey with them makes them genuinely feel like close friends so it is a little sad to be finally saying goodbye to them, but it has been great fun all in all 🙂

In the end despite my disappointments at the rushed pace of this book and the too convenient outcome AND the lack of Percy chapters, I still would definitely recommend these books and this author to anyone who just loves adventure and fun characters. There were a few things that could have been improved on here but this series is still very much a lot of fun and I will still most certainly be looking for more from this author in the near future. A great series in the end and I will always hope Riordan will keep on writing 😉

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