Friday, October 18, 2013

Book Review: House of Hades

Rick Riordan’s 4th installment in the Heroes of Olympus series. 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 from 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?

My Thoughts:

I must admit that there was something off about this installment. I usually read through a book in this series in two days and that is because I have to sleep and work. It took me a week to read the series and that alone is concerning. I find that the book seemed forced and did not flow like usual. I enjoyed the story line overall. The description of Tartarus as a living creature was great and Riordan maintained that that concept throughout Percy and Annabeth’s journey. The concept of the Doors of Death being at the heart and having the two travel all the way though out the body was good. It was also nice to see Bob again.

Riordan also did a good job of keeping readers interested with the other heroes. He truly helped each individual grow and essentially taught them to be a leader at some point in time because Percy and Annabeth were not there to lead them. Each character grew and I believe are ready for the big show down against Gaea. I think one of the pivotal points was having Nico face his fear and reveal why he constantly stands off from the group. I like that Riordan choose this path for Nico and I commend him for reaching out to an audience that at times may be ignored. 

Pick up the book and let me know your thoughts. Sorry I had to share this Meme it was just too funny! 

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