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House of Hades by Rick Riordan Review

Onto the fourth book in this series and now only have one book left to read before I can get this series finished. Hopefully I can get it read before Christmas so I can start a new series for the New Year.

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The Story

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.

Taken from Goodreads

So we are getting close to the end of quest, the group are making their way towards the house of hades so they are able to close the doors of death. I say group when in fact I mean the 6 demigods while Percy and Annabeth are making a slight detour through the pits of Tartarus but they are still going to be aiming for the Doors of Death.

So wow this book is without a doubt in my mind the most serious book by Rick Riordan I have ever read. Even Leo could barely bring enough humour to make it more light hearted, however I think this is great as it helps show just how serious the situation is getting for the demigods and the rest of the world. Of course Leo still comes out with those one liners every now and then to keep the spirits up but even Leo changes because of an encounter with calypso and seems to fall in love meaning he has another reason to finish the quest and release the person he loves from her prison.

Seeing how Rick Riordan is one of the kings of mythology and writing I have come to expect amazing writing and making it easier on my imagination to imagine what the demigods are going through. I am really happy to say that he has went and gone and made another master piece. I just love his writing, going from something that is normally light hearted to something really serious and he still continues with his great writing ability.

There is one thing I want to ask and that is how it takes seven demigods on a large ship that has weapons everywhere and a fire breathing dragon to get across the Atlantic and make it to Greece but when Reyna does it all she needs is her Pegasus and her knife and she can make it? I really like Reyna as a character and do hope she has a bigger part in the next book. I also want to know how in hell Percy and Annabeth haven’t went crazy, not only did they go through Tartarus but they also met two of the oldest gods in Tartarus himself and Night herself and still managed to come out just fine, but they don’t want to talk about it. I know myself if I had to do it I wouldn’t of made it past the first enemy. I would have been on the floor crying like a baby.

Overall this book is great and is a fantastic addition to the series, going from a slightly light hearted set of books to the more serious ones in this series just shows just how good of an author Rick Riordan really is. The amount of new gods and titans that are introduced in this book are amazing and if you been looking for a fix for your myth habit then this book is perfect for you

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