The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus, Book 4)

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 from 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.
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  1. 21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Tartarus is Terrifying, October 24, 2013
    By 
    Jo Michaels “Jo” (Georgia) –

    This review is from: The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus, Book 4) (Hardcover)
    I took my daughter to Barnes and Noble to get her some books for her birthday and saw The House of Hades on the table near the children’s section. Of course, I grabbed it because I’ve been waiting for it to come out for a year. That cliffhanger at the end of Mark of Athena made me crazy and I was salivating to find out what Tartarus was like. Riordan really hit the nail on the head with that lead-in. Without blabbering anymore, here’s my review!

    From a reader’s perspective:
    I love Percy and Annabeth, Hazel and Frank, and Jason and Piper; but, my favorite character by far is Leo. For some reason, he and I click. I was so happy when he got shot off the Argo II and into oblivion in this book because what happened to him is something he’s deserved for a long time. Making me care about a character is something I look for in any book I read. Riordan does a great job of helping me connect with these kids. I’ve read about them all for so long, they feel like friends. Pacing in this book was excellent and the tension was so high, I turned the page without even thinking about it. I blew through it in just over 24 hours. Gaea, one of my favorite goddesses, is becoming one of my least favorite. She has such an evil side! At times, I want to slap her earthy face. I loved the re-introduction of Bob. He provided much needed comic relief in times of extreme stress. World building was off the charts amazing and I felt like I was right there with the teens as they fought.

    From an editor’s perspective:
    I found a number of dropped words in this book. This is something I’d expect to find more in non-traditionally published books. It threw me out of the story more than once. Other than that, the writing was spot on.

    My rating:
    + 1 Star for awesome world building
    + 1 Star for making me laugh out loud
    + 1 Star for giving me characters I could care about
    + 1 Star for keeping me engaged and great pacing
    + .5 Star for writing
    – .5 Star for so many dropped words.

    Overall, 4.5 out of 5 stars. Of course, I round up when clicking the stars on the review so this one will get a 5. Recommended to anyone who loves Mythology and is looking for a fantastic series.

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    156 of 185 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Another amazing installment for Percy & Co.!!!, October 14, 2013
    This review is from: The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus, Book 4) (Hardcover)

    I started buying Rick Riordan’s books with the intention of using them to read to my son, who was 5 yrs old at the time. My “plan” was to show him just how much fun reading (or having a book read to you) is & how a good book could capture your mind.

    It worked. We stated with the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, quickly moved on to The Kane Chronicles & by the time the Lost Heroes of Olympus series was starting my son, now 8, reads them himself. As a child diagnosed with ADHD at age 5, my son loved that all the demigods had ADHD & the reasoning/explanations that came with it.

    Normally, as a bibliophile I am 1 of “those people” who has the next installment in a book series in my hands the day it comes out. My work schedule has been hectic so the release date of The House of Hades came & went without my notice…..UNTIL I was wandering through a store & there it was on the shelf. I bought it immediately, all the while kicking myself that I’d forgotten. See, I started buying them for my son, but I quickly came to adore the books as much as him, reading them in quick succession.

    ———–POSSIBLE SPOILERS———–
    In my opinion, Riordan has done it AGAIN. I gotta tell you, this man is BRILLIANT. I’m always blown away by the fluid nature of his writing, the way Riordan seemingly has endless ideas that pour forth in his books. As a reader, just when you start to think, “there’s not really anywhere else he can go”, BAM, he pulls a new & terrific storyline out of his hat. Impossibly, it’s always more exciting than the last.

    I’ve read on a few blogs & book boards that the next installment in The Lost Heroes of Olympus may be the final tome in the adventures of Percy & friends. If this is true, I’ll be deeply saddened & will miss Percy & his cohorts deeply, as will my son. But like J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, there comes a point where story lines, even those with beloved characters, must come to a close. Should the 5th book in TLHO series be the final one, I’ll be sad, but Percy & his friends have had an epic run, I’m just glad I was able to share in it.

    The House of Hades picks up where The Mark of Athena left off, you have Percy & Annabeth endlessly falling (at least to them, it feels that way) to Tartarus. The rest of the crew Leo, Piper, Jason, Frank, Hazel, Nico & Coach Hodge are left to stop the the Greek/Roman war between the camps AND reach the Doors of Death in the Mortal world, helping to rescue Percy & Annabeth while closing the Doors of Death to Gaea forces.

    As usual the POV is switched up between characters, with Nico being the only 1 to not have a POV chapter. Sure, Nico is featured many times in others POV, but never his own. We get to know Hazel quite a bit more this time around, learning exactly how important her presence IS to this mission. As not only a child of Pluto/Hades, she also is strongly connected to Hecate & can influence the Mist & magic.

    Piper shines in this book as well, this time around she’s no longer a “damsel in distress” but a young lady learning her way in the world, seeing her value as a fighter & asset to the quest & not just another pretty face. I’d say that this installment really shows off some girl power, developing Hazel & Piper beautifully. This time the girls don’t need rescuing, they’re saving themselves, as well as the boys.

    Frank finally comes into his own here too. No longer a chubby, awkward kid who can turn into various animals, Frank embraces his true power & transform into his true self. Thus results in a stronger, more certain Frank, a leader, not a follower. Frank also experiences a physical transformation as well, almost like he went through puberty to older teenager in an instant. This occurrence really helps Frank to be more confident & embrace his heritage as a child of Ares.

    Leo grows up as well, finally meeting a girl to take his mind off the unattainable Hazel when he’s catapulted to Ogygia by Khione & meets Calypso. At first Calypso isn’t impressed & due to a magical “defect”, the island won’t provide a raft to take Leo away from the island. What results is Calypso learning to care for Leo as he falls for her, ending in a raft taking Leo away from Calypso with Leo swearing on the River Styx he will come back to get her, even though according to Calypso, no man finds Ogygia twice. The end result is a more mature, heartsick Leo, still a joker, but obviously more grounded. His focus removed from Hazel, Leo & Frank actually become friends after this.

    Jason, well, I feel I know his character the LEAST of all. He has POV chapters & the most impact filled scenes with Nico, but other than that? All I can tell you is that Jason chooses the Greek side, away from his Roman roots, changing his role in a key battle at the end. He’s Pipers boyfriend. Other than that, don’t really understand his character. I wish he was written in a way…

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