Review: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

12127810The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Published by: Hyperion Books for Children
Format: Hardback
Series: The Lost Hero (#1) | The Son of Neptune (#2) | The Mark of Athena (#3) | The Blood of Olympus (#5)
Rating: ★★★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

The cliffhanger at the end of Mark of Athena meant that I absolutely had to continue with the series straight away! I was surprised at how long Percy and Annabeth spent in Tartarus, as I’ve leaned that my favourite sections are when everyone is together. TOGETHER, RICK. Nonetheless, House of Hades was another wonderful sequel – action packed, with just enough romance to satisfy YA readers.

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Review: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

18705209The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Published by: Puffin
Pages: 500
Format: Hardback
Review: ★★★★
Series: The Lost Hero (#1) | The Son of Neptune (#2) | The Mark of Athena (#3) | The House of Hades (#4)
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

I have mixed feelings about this ending. That’s probably to do with the nature of it being an ending. It’s hard to say goodbye to characters that I’ve really got to love over the past month, where I’ve tried to blitz my way through the series. Okay, so yes, I was slightly disappointed that Percy and Annabeth didn’t get a perspective – neither did Frank and Hazel! – and I can see why those that read BoO when it was a new release would have found this particularly devastating. Maybe it was because I was prepped for this lack of Percabeth that I didn’t feel too remorseful when they didn’t pop up after a Jason chapter. But what I also appreciate is that I wouldn’t have had the series end any other way. It started with Jason, Piper and Leo, so it should end with Jason, Piper and Leo. But, you know, with the odd bit of Reyna and Nice thrown in for good measure.

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Review: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

The_Mark_of_AthenaThe Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Published by: Puffin
Pages: 572
Format: Hardback
Rating: ★★★★
Series: The Lost Hero (#1) | Son of Neptune (#2) | House of Hades (#4) | Blood of Olympus (#5)
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

Everyone is back together! Right where they should be! Mark of Athena really kicks of the series, in my opinion. The main enemy has been set out, and the characters are all there are ready to go. Also, character relationships have been planned carefully so conflict can only ensue! I was so excited to continue this series, and boy, has it gotten better. But that cliffhanger. That cliffhanger, thank goodness I don’t have to wait for House of Hades.  Continue reading “Review: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan”

Review: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Heroes_of_Olympus_-_The_Son_of_NeptuneThe Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Published by:
Hyperion Books
Rating: ★★★
The Lost Hero (#1) | The Mark of Athena (#3) | The House of Hades (#4) | The Blood of Olympus (#5)
Where to Find:
Goodreads | Amazon

Rick Riordan, you have outdone yourself, my friend. Percy is back. PERCY. IS. BACK. I could barely contain my excitement! I’d missed him so much! Jason, Piper and Leo were great, but Jason could never replace Percy, so it was lovely to have his charming perspective again. I enjoyed this sequel more than the first. I though Hazel and Frank’s backstories were really interesting, and the quests seemed even more exciting. The Roman camp was so new and different to Camp Half-Blood, I really enjoyed learning about it, and who doesn’t love a bit of Roman mythology?

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The Riordan Empire

When anyone brings up the subject of Greek mythology, it is no longer the Disney’s 1997 adaptation of ‘Hercules’ that comes to mind, with its colour coded gods and clueless hero, but Percy Jackson, the prodigy of Rick Riordan, rightfully labelled as the Myth Master. When I imagine this author, he’s wearing a laurel on his head, with Nike on his shoulder.

I recently finished the ‘Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods’ anthology of short stories, both an educational and humorous discussion of the twelve Olympians and, you know, Hestia. It was amazing. I could pick it up and put it down, enjoying stories I knew and stories I was yet to discover. Who knew Dionysus was the god of androgyny? Or that Hera was so evil? (Ok, we all knew that one.)

But Rick Riordan has managed to create an empire of mythological goodness. Let’s have the run down!

1. First, there’s Percy Jackson. This guy is probably more famous than his Greek namesake. He battled Kronos from the age of eleven, until he was sixteen, slowly falling in love with Annabeth, who’s adorable, no question. With Percy, we experienced many summer and winter solstices, the sea of monsters, the labyrinth and many epic battles.

2. Then, there’s Jason Grace. He’s not as great, but still great. We all had to get over the fact that he wasn’t Percy before we could accept him and his girlfriend, Piper as the neo-Percabeth (a registered OTP) Jason gets his own book, but the second book in his series is all about Percy. (Yippee!) We get to experience both Greek and Roman mythology and a new cast of gods and goddesses. Of course, epic battles are present, but it’s the friendship between Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Leo, Hazel and Frank that warms my heart the most.

3. Carter Kane was technically the second of Rick’s demi-god children, but everyone overlooks him because he’s Egyptian…and not Percy Jackson. I’ve only read one and a half of Carter, and his sister Sadie’s, series but I hope to enjoy even more gods and goddesses in the coming year. Plus, there are some PJ and Kane Chronicles crossovers, which solves the lack of Percy problem.

4. The next up and coming demi-god is Magnus Chase, a Norse guy. And yes, we all recognise Annabeth’s surname. Does that mean even more crossovers?! We shall have to wait and see. (Dang it, Rick, write faster!)

As you can see, it’s mostly males that are getting the spotlight series. But Annabeth, Piper, Hazel, Reyna, Sadie and Zia are all kick-ass females who can fight monsters and demons without their boyfriends’ aid. My wish would be to see a series devoted to the girls of the Riordan universe, forming a super group of demi-god warriors.

There are a lot of other books that supplement the Riordan universe, such as the ‘Demigod Files’, ‘The Demigod Diaries’, ‘PJATO Ultimate Guide’, ‘KC Survival Guide’, etc. all of which are valuable additions to your selves.

It’s safe to say I love Percy Jackson and Rick Riordan, and look forward to the expansion of his literary empire!