So this one goes out to all the Campers and Romans!!
I simply love Rick and his writing style, it’s hilarious, witty, deep, and it flows ever so nicely. So of course I had to do a review on his latest book: The House Of Hades. For those of you who haven’t had the fortune to read it, or simply haven’t gotten it yet, don’t worry: NO SPOILERS, I promise.
Title: The House of Hades
Authour: Rick Riordan
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.
The House of Hades is the fourth book in the bestselling Heroes of Olympus series, set in the action-packed world of Percy Jackson.
The stakes have never been higher. If Percy Jackson and Annabeth fail in their quest, there’ll be hell on Earth. Literally.
Wandering the deadly realm of Tartarus, every step leads them further into danger. And, if by some miracle they do make it to the Doors of Death, there’s a legion of bloodthirsty monsters waiting for them.
Meanwhile, Hazel and the crew of the Argo II have a choice: to stop a war or save their friends. Whichever road they take one thing is certain – in the Underworld, evil is inescapable.
Okay, my first thought on finishing The House of Hades is: OMG ASDFGHJKL :DD RICK YOU ABSOLUTE GENIUS. YOU’VE REALLY TAKEN IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL.
(If you’ve read The House of Hades, you’ll agree. Heck if you’ve read Percy Jackson, The Kane Chronicles, 39 Clues, and the other books of Heroes of Olympus you’ll agree.)
So I thought I really can’t think of any flaws in this book. Seriously let’s do a checklist of the awesome features of The House of Hades
- Action: CHECK. You’ve got Percy and Annabeth fighting in Tartarus. And the rest of the crew fighting above land… Plus the whole book’s a journey (well 2 journeys) and there’s bound to be monsters blocking the way to the final destination, so action’s kind of a given.
- Character development: YESYESYES. Okay, here’s the thing. Character development isn’t something that happens in A book. Note the singular pronoun. Character development is something that happens over a period of time, and the reader GROWS with and CONNECTS with the hero. And heck, even if I didn’t read the Percy Jackson series before and have that connection to Percy and Annabeth, even with the first 3 books of The Heroes Of Olympus, I’d still have seen character development. I cannot stress enough of how much of a great awesome authour Rick is. He puts the characters in situations where they HAVE to grow. And it’s just 😀
- THE CHARACTERS THEMSELVES!!!!: The JEWEL of the plot! Okay, so there are 7 of the them in this series, Percy, Annabeth, Leo, Piper, Jason, Hazel, Frank. Plus a couple other minor, but still significant others; Reyna, Octavian, Bob, NICO 😉 etc. What can I say… Rick writes them in a way to make them alive… they have a way of thinking, they have a way of talking, they have a way of BEING THEMSELVES. Each of them has a DISTINCT PERSONALITY. Like you could NEVER EVER confuse Percy for Jason, while both have leadership qualities. THEY ARE JUST SO DIFFERENT!!! Even the minor characters have UNIQUE personalities, and their own stories, such as Nico. Just because they don’t have much action in the story, DOESN’T MEAN THEY ARE INSIGNIFICANT. Overall, Rick just writes really REALLY well-rounded, 3D, REAL, unique characters, with their own conflicts. More on that a bit later.
- HUMOUR: AHH HELL YES!! Seriously, I love how he writes, the characters each have a unique sense of humour. And as always, if you’ve grown with the characters (as in if you’ve read the other books), you can almost guess at which moments, Percy for example, will make a witty comment. And some characters are created specifically for comic relief, e.g. Bob, and sticking with Bob, I might as well eat my own words from earlier on, because you grow with him, and he grows on you, IN ONE BOOK.
- Many POVs!: YES!! Oh I loved it!! You got ALL of the character’s POVs in The House of Hades. Not only do you get to see how each character thinks, what they think about, you get not only “the other side of the story” but all 7 sides of the story. I think it’s every reader’s dream come true to get so many POVs.
- PLOT: Uh. YES. (I think I’ve taken to write each feature in caps, haha). I loved how, it seemed, they 7 characters were set an almost impossible task. In fact, with EACH of Rick’s work, you get an almost impossible task, but SOMEHOW, they manage to pull through. It’s excruciating to read, and experience the things your characters are experiencing, but the relief that comes at the end when they pull through… THAT’S the quality of Rick’s work. Speaking technically: there was no grammatical or spelling errors, a definite relief for a grammar-nazi like myself. And speaking just overall: it flowed like water flows over rocks. Sure there were conflicts, but the actual plotline never stayed still for a moment, and I was completely enraptured in the story when I was reading it.
- Conflict!!: YEP. Well I guess this should’ve gone under characters, but the thing is, the whole series is about conflict. Which makes for a very interesting influence on the characters and their development. When you’re faced with unending conflict and monsters, wouldn’t you grow weary, and wouldn’t your resolve waver. Over time, you ask yourself what this is all for, and why me, that kind of thing. And for each of the characters, they fight with monsters, yes, but also with themselves, wondering when this will all end, wondering to what ends would they go to survive and fight? Like when do lines blur between someone you call an enemy? (As Percy and Annabeth, well more for Annabeth, discover)
This is certainly the BEST book by Rick so far, and I LOVE IT.
I await the final installment: The Blood Of Olympus, coming out in a year’s time.
In a sentence: OMG GO READ IT, YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE MISSING OUT ON!! (But only read it if you’ve finished the other 3 books: The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, The Mark of Athena, and preferably the Percy Jackson series)
Judgment: The only excuse you have not to read it, is if you’re blind. And then, listen to the audiobook. Seriously though, read it, Rick is SUCH a good authour.
Next book: The Blood of Olympus (2014) -_-
Also, as a last question: What are your favourite quotes from The House of Hades, or just from the series?