Series: The Heroes of Olympus, #5
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, YA
Source: Bought it
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Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.
The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it "might" be able to stop a war between the two camps.
The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.
This review has ALL The Blood of Olympus spoilers hidden under spoiler tags. For people who have not read The House of Hades, please only read the first and last paragraphs.
EDIT 11/10/14 – My thoughts on the rushed ending, lack of all main characters and the ending in general: View Spoiler »I’ve been thinking about The Blood of Olympus a lot after I finished it on Tuesday. And after reading multiple of comments that I’ve received on my blog, I think I feel like I have a little more to say along with this review (which is wayyyyy below). Please note these are just my thoughts. Firstly, I get that everyone found the ending too open-ended. But, I don’t really see it in a way that it annoys me. I liked how it was open ended because he gave us the opportunity to use our imagination to predict what happens next. Obviously, Leo’s gonna go back to find the others. We know what Percabeth is planning to do for the next 4 years, but obviously it’s not going to be peaceful–they’re half-bloods. They’re gonna “fight stuff” (quoting what Percy said in BoO there). Rick didn’t give us an ending that closed the doors, and I appreciate that.
Secondly, I’ve come to somewhat agree on how the ending was rushed. There was so much build up to this war with Gaia but then they defeat her in the matter of one or two chapters. It happened wayyyyy too quickly, and I did expect something “grander” if you will.
Thirdly, I see what everyone is saying about the lack of Percy/Annabeth/Frank/Hazel. I absolutely understand why, it’s because this is HoO, not PJO anymore. So Percy and Annabeth are as significant as the others like Jason/Piper/Nico/Leo/Reyna. Percy and Annabeth had an important plot line in the first 4 books. From being separated because of Hera, then finding each other, then falling into Tartarus. But they don’t have anything like that in this book, there’s no separate part they play anymore, so having Percy/Annabeth not as much in this book was understandable, even though my fangirl heart sobs. What I don’t get is Frank/Hazel. I mention this in my proper review below, too. There was so much development for them in HoH, and they kinda just lost that in this book.
Despite these small criticisms, I’m not lowering my rating, because I’m a mood reader and this book made me feel so ineffably happy and sad and everything. It’s a book that made me feel like 5 stars, and so that’s what it’s gonna get. « Hide Spoiler
I cried last night after finishing The Blood of Olympus. I had ran from school straight to the closest bookstore and snagged the book. I might have squealed and flailed a bit, and maybe a few people in passing stared at me weirdly, but this goes down as one of my happiest moments of 2014. As did The House of Hades last year. I live for these books: no joke, I thought and fangirled over The Blood of Olympus pretty much at least once a day over the past year. Don’t believe me? Ask my mum, it was probably her happiest day yesterday as well, because I finally stopped with the fangirling and was hidden away in my room all evening devouring this monster. Honestly, can’t blame her. The reason I cried wasn’t because of anything apart from the slow realisation that the Percy Jackson series have completely come to an end. The Blood of Olympus is the last story from these demigods’ that we’re gonna get. (Well, for now at least.) It totally saddens me, because I’ve been infatuated with this demigod world for so long and well… I NEVER WANT TO LEAVE. I WANT THE BOOKS TO CONTINUE FOREVER. Alas, that can’t happen. The bright side is that fandoms exist so everyone can sob together and we can all go visit Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter in our dreams.
This being said, I think the series ended on a very satisfactory note, the doors aren’t closed tight shut. Rick Riordan leaves a satisfying ending but also one that gives us readers plenty of room for imagination. I’d say it’s an open ending in the sense that it still ties up all the loose ends, if that makes any sense. The Blood of Olympus follows our 7 demigods as they must go and stop Gaia from rising as well as battle the giants that Gaia has set into the world. On the other hand we have Reyna, Nico and Coach Hedge who must return the Athena Parthenos back to Long Island in order to stop the Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter from starting a war between them. And, the must all do this before the Feast of Spes, which is on August 1st, just twelve days away.
Percy and Annabeth take the back seat in The Blood of Olympus, my Percabeth half of my heart sobbed endlessly, but it felt suiting that the others got some more shine time. Besides, The Heroes of Olympus isn’t just a Percy Jackson book like the first series, the spin-off series is about all of the 7 demigods: Frank, Hazel, Leo, Piper, Jason as well as Percy and Annabeth. Here, we also get to see what’s going on from Nico and Reyna’s point of view, which was just so exciting. All the characters were developed fantastically, and with what looks to be an overwhelming amount of characters, if you gave me a piece of dialogue, I could name exactly who said it because that’s just how distinct and thoroughly constructed Rick Riordan’s characters are. Leo is certainly a highlight, his humour is brilliant, and the scenes where he is with Percy? Guys, it’s priceless. I need to have more of these two dudes, they had me snorting and chocking on air because they’re just that damn funny.
My only quibble, mind you–VERY SMALL QUIBBLE lies with Frank and Hazel. I adored them in The House of Hades but their relationship and them as individuals, didn’t have much development in here. I wanted more from Frank and Hazel, because they didn’t seem to have as much of an importance in here.
Jason and Piper? Well, let’s just say I like them a more than I did in the previous instalments. It’s never been a problem that I don’t like them, it’s just that Piper said that Jason was better than Percy in a previous book, WHICH IS SO NOT TRUE and Jason…well he’s disliked by association. But, because we got both their’ POVs in The Blood of Olympus, I found myself appreciating them more than before, though that doesn’t mean I like them.
Okay, next bit is about Nico, which I’ve hidden under spoiler tags. View Spoiler »OMFG GUYS. So happy that Nico found Will. They’re so beautiful already and I cried when he was told Percy that he had a crush on him once. So bloody proud of Nico and so freaking happy that he found someone, finally. Even though it’s not with me. But like, the poor dude needs someone. And Will is possibly the best choice ever. Will= all bright and happy because he’s the son of the Sun god and then you have Nico who is dark and seriously needs so light in his life. *squeals* *happy sighs* « Hide Spoiler
Action in this book was never-ending. You can never possibly be bored in a Rick Riordan book. If you have, are we even reading the same book? Actually, scrap that. Are we even living on the same universe? It’s impossible, between the humour, the action, the plot and the fabulous characters, who can get bored? I was sitting upright in my bed pretty much talking to the characters on the page. You could say I was completely infatuated.
We need to talk about the ending. The ending was glorious. View Spoiler »OH MY GODS LEO. MY CALEO HAPPENED MY LIFE IS SATISFIED SO I FORGIVE RICK RIORDAN FOR THE LACK OF PERCABETH-NESS IN THIS BOOK. (Even though when they were talking about their future in New Rome, my fangirl heart went craaaaazy.) It was beautiful, so so beautiful. « Hide Spoiler
The Blood of Olympus was absolutely fantastic, the characters were as kick-ass and witty as ever, and the plot line kept me flicking the pages as fast as I could. It might look like a HUGE novel, but it flew by quickly. Maybe too quickly. I still want more *cries* Everything that you need in a flawless book is all in here. To all those who haven’t read Percy Jackson, YOU NEED TO READ THIS SERIES. It’s so worth it, and you haven’t lived until you have. Then, once you start reading the series, tell me so we can be friends again.
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