The House of Hades
By Rick Riordan
Book #4 in the Heroes of Olympus Series
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publish Date: October 2013
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD
Hazel stands at a crossroads. She and the remaining crew of the Argo II could return home with the Athena Parthenos statue and try to stop Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter from going to war. Or they could continue their quest to find the House of Hades, where they might be able to open the Doors of Death, rescue their friends Percy and Annabeth from Tartarus, and prevent monsters from being reincarnated in the mortal world. Whichever road they decide to take, they have to hurry, because time is running out. Gaea, the bloodthirsty Earth Mother, has set the date of August 1 for her rise to power.
Annabeth and Percy are overwhelmed. How will the two of them make it through Tartarus? Starving, thirsty, and in pain, they are barely able to stumble on in the dark and poisonous landscape that holds new horrors at every turn. They have no way of locating the Doors of Death. Even if they did, a legion of Gaea’s strongest monsters guards the Doors on the Tartarus side. Annabeth and Percy can’t exactly launch a frontal assault.
Despite the terrible odds, Hazel, Annabeth, Percy, and the other demigods of the prophecy know that there is only one choice: to attempt the impossible. Not just for themselves, but for everyone they love. Even though love can be the riskiest choice of all.
First of this book is LONG. It took me 17 days to read! But I was not disappointed! We left of the Mark of Athena with the seven main demigods divided. What a cliffhanger! Annabeth and Percy were in Tartarus and Hazel, Frank, Jason, Piper and Leo were in Rome. Honestly as soon as I finished Mark of Athena I knew I needed to pick up House of Hades. I needed to know was happened!
This book was action packed to say the least. There are monsters everywhere! We also have the reappearance of Bob the titan, who I have to say I loved as a character. He added some much needed humour to the situation. We also meet Calypso again and she’s another one I just love. I can’t even begin to tell you.
This book has everything the 4th book in a series (with quiet long books) needs. It kept me engaged as a reader – so much so that I was devastated when I accidentally left without my book yesterday and couldn’t read any! – as well as moving the story along, edging readers closer to its concluding stage, coming in the 5th and final book in the series Blood of Olympus.
Each book in this series has felt necessary for the progression of this adventure. I’ll be honest when I started the Son of Neptune I was worried that the books would get repetitive and I would DNF the series, BOY WAS I WRONG.
This series is great for any age reader – or maybe I’m just saying that because I’m really loving it and one of my 9 year old students is utterly obsessed – and will have you on the edge on your seat!
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 7.5/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10