The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan
Genre: Young Adult/Middle Grade, Fantasy, Greek Mythology, Roman Mythology, Adventure.
Released: 8 October 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Books
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Warning: As this is the fourth book in a series, it contains spoilers for the previous books so if you haven’t read it you can skip ahead to the spoiler free 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.
Oh my gosh I am blazing through this series! Just one more book to go guys! After the ending to The Mark of Athena, I just had to pick this up right after. (side note: I’m definitely now a pro at pronouncing those Greek/Roman names).
So the book picks up right after The Mark of Athena, with the gang hurting towards certain death to the doors of death. The story is finally nearing the last great battle that has been building up since the first book. Reading about all these characters finally come into there own (especially Frank) made my heart warm up. I loved Franks development in this book, I never gave him much thought compared to the other characters but he really stepped up and I was so proud him.
The story went places I never though it would ever go (cough Tartarus) and I’m pretty shocked that I cried a little bit in those last chapters. I’m just so proud of this messed up group of characters.
This was definitely my favorite book so far. I don’t know what else I can tell you guys to express how much I love this series. The books are light, fast paced reads that you can’t help but fly through. I still recommend everyone reads them.