Monday, November 3, 2014

BLOOD OF OLYMPUS by Rick Riordan

The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus Series #5)

The end is here - the final days leading up to the Feast of Hope and the showdown with the giants as they endeavor to raise Gaea. Reyna and Nico get to share some of the storytelling as they travel with Coach Hedge back to Camp Half Blood with the Athena Parthenos while the other demigods head to Greece.

This is definitely a series to read in order! If you haven't read the other books, start with The Lightning Thief (or The Lost Hero if you read the first five Percy Jackson books). If you've hung with the series this long, dive into this final book with confidence - I think it lives up to expectations. Some characters from other books make an appearance in this one, which I thoroughly enjoyed. There is some continuation of the story of a character wrestling with his sexual orientation. The ending is satisfying, but there is still room for Riordan to return to these characters if he chooses to. There's also a bit of a teaser to Riordan's new Norse mythology series, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard (I blew right by this in my reading, but my husband caught it).

As an aside, we listened to the audio book for the first 75% of the story, and then each of us went to our own corners with our copies of the book to finish it on our own. The audio is well done (although we prefer the reader from The Lost Hero over the one for House of Hades and Blood of Olympus) and worth a listen if you have a long trip coming up or if you enjoy listening to your reading material.

5 out of 5 stars

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