Epic Addition: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Posted by Steph on November - 11 - 2013
The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4)

The House of Hades
Lost Heroes of Olympus #4
Rick Riordan
Junior Fiction
Rating 5

Yes, I am alive and no, I am not abandoning the blogosphere…I’ve just been a bit (ok, extremely) busy with school.  Gross, right? Well I have read some amazing books lately though to keep myself sane including; Wonder by R.J. Palacio, House of Hades by Rick Riordan, and Bone Season by Samantha Shannon along with having some pretty great library programs (Harry Potter Halloween Party? I think so!).  But, for this post I will stick to a review of the House of Hades by Riordan…because it was epic!

I believe I would feel empty if I had not discovered the Percy Jackson/Lost Heroes books or if Riordan had decided not to write them. They are so packed full of adventure, wit, and information about mythology that I don’t even realize I’ve retained multiple facts about different myths (until I blurt them out over dinner a month later trying to make small talk and end up looking like a huge nerd, but that’s another story…).

The book before House of Hades in the Lost Heroes series, Mark of Athena, ends with a terrible cliffhanger (and I mean so bad I told people not to read it until this book came out) and thankfully we pick up right where we left off, no waiting around involved. The action doesn’t let up in this book…at all, and I had a very hard time getting my homework done on time.  In this story Annabeth and Percy are off on their own looking for a way out of Tartarus running into old enemies and making unlikely friends. I enjoyed getting the chance to see how their relationship has grown and how differently they interact with each other now.

While Annabeth and Percy are off on their seemingly hopeless adventure, the rest of the Lost Heroes crew is working to get to the House of Hades to open the door from Tartarus so if Annabeth and Percy find the way out, they will be able to come out on friendly territory in the land of the living.  However, of course, Gaea doesn’t make it easy for the crew to reach the House of Hades.  We get a good look at every hero in this story as they are each forced to prove themselves to their godly parents.

Of course once you finish this book, you will be begging for the next in the series….

I guess The Sea of Monsters DVD will have to suffice until then. Do any of you know if it is any good?

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