House of Hades: Book Review

Nina Russell, Staff Writer

Gaea is waking. Giants are attacking. Greek and Roman demigods are about to war. Only eight half-bloods can save the world from ending and certain death for all. Buy this book from Wal-mart, clear your schedule, and stock up on tissues, because this book will most likely be one of the best ones you’ll read all year.

If you haven’t read any other books in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians or Heroes of Olympus series, you should go do that now instead of reading this review. I’ll let you borrow my books. It’s worth it.

Mark of Athena, the third installment in this book series, quite literally left us with a cliffhanger: Percy and Annabeth fall into Tartarus where they must close the doors of death in the Underworld, while six other demigods must travel across the Mediterranean to close the doors of death on Earth. House of Hades picks up immediately. This book begins on a dark note, and is equally as dark all the way through. Being the penultimate book in the series, the book is practically all action and climax. I noticed right at the beginning that there were lots of reminiscing and foreboding elements, as well as the feelings of terror and hopelessness being forefront in the story.

Rick Riordan captures the reader’s attention from cover to cover, with intense action scenes, mind-numbing revelations about certain characters, tragic love stories, flashbacks, and a plot so well-developed that you forget that you’re not actually in the story. I could not put this book down, even to study for my driving test. For a book with the demographic of around fourth and fifth graders, there are a lot of elements in it that make it relatable to all ages. My mother and younger brother alike have read these books, and enjoyed them thoroughly.

I found only few slight drawbacks in this book. A character is introduced, “Bob” the Titan, who has a history with some of the main characters. I did not remember his backstory being in the books, so it is slightly confusing there. Also, Rick Riordan’s books are usually sprinkled with bits of humor and sarcasm, but this story isn’t as much. It begins on a sad note and ends on a sadder one. Obviously, this book isn’t meant to be a ray of sunshine, as it’s all about the Underworld, Tartarus, and hopelessness, but the humor in his stories always serves as comic relief, and there isn’t a lot to be found here. The story is very tense.

In all, this story is a 4.8/5 star, must-read book. I’d wholeheartedly recommend that you read all of the other books before this one if you haven’t, or else you will be more confused than Percy was when he woke up at the Wolf House without his memory. If you don’t mind violence or sequences of terror, this is the book for you. This book is stunning in word choice, plot, narration, character development, and especially the ending. Go to your local bookstore, Walmart, or library and get this book today, because it is guaranteed not to disappoint.