My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ of 5!
New prophecy, new characters, new adventures.
Beware: this review contain spoilers!
Do you remember where we left off in the Mark of Athena?
That’s right, Percy and Annabeth fell down to Tartarus and Nico promised to lead the other 5 half-bloods to the Doors of Death, with the intention of meeting Percy and Annabeth there.
There’s no new prophecy for this book, but that doesn’t mean that things are any easier for our seven half-bloods. This book is a direct fulfilment of the last line of the prophecy of seven, so there’s plenty of work to be done and at the moment, the half-bloods are split. The six half-bloods who are still on board the Argo II: Jason, Piper, Leo, Frank and Hazel each have a lot to do, both individually and as a group. Especially, Hazel who’s learning how to control the mist which seems to be crucial for their continued survival and on top of that, with Nico being with them, she’s the only one he has.
By now we’ve also learned that the two camps always’ been told to stay clear of each other. The few times they’ve crossed paths in the past, well wars have been started and fought which not even Ares/Mars wants. So the gods decided to keep their children divided. However, in a mixture of desperation and wisdom Juno has played this card, and our heroes has no choice but to see it through.
At this point in time, all the gods are pretty much unable to help or do anything, due to their constant migraine and personality split. imagine being thought of in two different ways all the time, so they do have a kind of inner battle between their Greek and Roman personalities, which is not pretty! (Though it is funny, I loved Mars/Ares inner discussion in Mark of Athena).
This also means, that while the seven are under almost, constant attack from all sides, they also have to stay clear of the Romans who are out for blood. But at the same time, they have to trust that there’s at least one Roman at camp Jupiter who doesn’t want to see them dead.
The House of Hades, and the journey to it, offers a lot of surprises, character development and of course plot twists. Jason did grow on me in this book, he’s still my least favourite crew member, but at least I no longer wish they’d just make him walk the plank and ditch him.
I especially love when we learn more about Nico’s secret struggle, and it does shed a light on numerous scenes throughout both Percy Jackson series.
“I’m the son of Hades, Jason. I might as well be covered in blood or sewage, the way people treat me. I don’t belong anywhere. I’m not even from this century. But that’s not enough to set me apart.”
Yes, Nico has truly been through a lot, and I can only hope he’ll get a happy ending in Blood of Olympus. What made me warm up to Jason is that he becomes more of a person and less of an image in this book. The way he takes to Nico’s secret and protects him is awesome. And the way he gives up his rank mid fighting in Hades house makes me think that there is still hope for him.
What else can I say? Yet another epic, heartfelt and powerful book, with an ending that makes your eyes misty! I’m of course talking about Bob the Titan, Small Bob the cat & Damasen the Giant, who sacrifices themselves in order to get Percy and Annabeth out of Tartarus. Bob had been looking forward to seeing the sun and the stars, and instead he sends our two demigods on their way with these last words:
“Tell the sun and stars hello for me.”
Every time I re-read this book that scene hits me right in the feels and makes me tear up. You wouldn’t expect it from two of Gaia’s children but just as not all half-bloods are good, not all Titans and Giants are bad.
Like that’s not enough, when our seven half-bloods are back on board Argos II they find Reyna. However, on her way to them Reyna and her Pegasus were attacked, so she had to put down her most loyal and loved friend, Scipio.
And just like that, our crew divides and once again they set off on different adventures. Reyna, Coach Hedge and Nico (who’s not part of the seven) are tasked with bringing the Athena Parthenos back (the big statue Annabeth got back from Arachne in Mark of Athena), as it’s supposedly the key to making the Greek and Roman half-bloods stop fighting each other. And in the meantime, the seven are off to stop Gaia from awakening.
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