House of Hades

House of Hades
By Rick Riordan

To begin, his dedication page was to his readers:
“To my wonderful readers:
Sorry about that last cliff-hanger.
Well, no not really. HAHAHAHA.
But seriously, I love you guys.”

I love Rick Riordan’s sense of humor in his books, and The House of Hades is no exception. There are plenty of serious moments, but the light-hearted moments make it so much more entertaining.

In the previous book, The Mark of Athena, we are left with Percy and Annabeth plunging into the depths of Tartarus. They must reach the doors of Death from Hades’ side, while others meet them on the other side of the doors.  Together, the doors must be closed to prevent Gaea’s minions from raising her and ruling the earth.  Bob the Titan is back and Percy and Annabeth would not have survived Tartarus if not for him. While Percy and Annabeth face their own challenges head-on in the Underworld, the other demigods must each face their own…and they do so amazingly. Each one grows, some of them you can literally see physical changes. Frank undergoes a tremendous growth spurt, both in stature and as a leader.  It was nice to see him step it up.  I also especially liked that Leo had some time with Calypso; it would be nice to see them back together. And Nico’s surprising revelation was totally unexpected; did not see that one coming! The subject matter was handled very well by Riordan.  I cannot wait for the next, and final installment of the Heroes of Olympus. Here’s hoping that Riordan continues with Percy and the group in another series.

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Mark of Athena

Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan is fantastic.  He just keeps getting better with every book, of course this means that we read it nonstop and then are anxiously waiting for the next book.  The story picks up right where The Son of Neptune ended.  Annabeth, Jason, Piper, and Leo are all flying along in the Argo II hoping that Camp Jupiter doesn’t think they are trying to start a war.  This paired with the weight of having the coin that Athena, her mother, gave her with the words “avenge me”  attached  as made life a little stressful for Annabeth.  However, this is not discouraging her from tracking down Athena’s statue and making things right.

Riordan writes such beautiful descriptions; I was in awe when he the described the statue of Athena.    He  also has such a gift for keeping his readers glued to his every word.  The tale never becomes repetitive or mundane.  In fact, they become more suspenseful and every bit of the story is packed with adventure.  This has been such a great spin off series from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and is wonderful for all ages to read.