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

My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ of 5!

 


New prophecy, new characters, new adventures.
Beware: this review contain spoilers!


 

Blood of Olympus

our seven half-bloods are now left alone on board the Argo II, no more chaperones or help from friends, There’s so much that still needs to be done and so little time, for them to try and stop Gaia from awakening. 



Welcome to the epic finale of:


description

This book like a whirlwind of information and action, which takes us all over the place. In order to keep up with the many different characters, the chapters are from Jason, Reyna, Leo, Nico and Piper’s point of views. That doesn’t mean that Hazel, Frank, Coach Hedge, Annabeth and Percy are forgotten, we just get to hear about them through the others’.

We also get to meet both new and old friends and foe’s like the Hunters of Artemis, the Amazons who ironically enough are being hunted by one of Gaia’s favourite sons.

So far most of the prophecy has come to pass.

 

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call

We’ve known for some time now who these seven are:

  • Jason Grace, son of Jupiter (originally from Camp Jupiter)
  • Piper McLean, daughter of Aphrodite (originally from Camp Half-Blood)
  • Leo Valdez, son of Hephaestus (originally from Camp Half-Blood)
  • Annabeth Chase, daughter of Athena (originally from Camp Half-Blood)
  • Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon (originally from Camp Half-Blood)
  • Hazel Levesque, daughter of Pluto (originally from Camp Jupiter)
  • Frank Zhang, son of Mars (originally from Camp Jupiter)

 

And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death

We know that was Percy, Annabeth, Bob and Damasen.

To storm or fire, the world must fall

Thanks to Pipers creative thinking, we have an idea of line two of the prophecy. Earlier on she speculated that the world could be Gaia, and Jason and Leo could be representing storm and fire.

 

An oath to keep with a final breath,

 

We may not know, yet what oath it is that needs to be kept with a final breath, but if I remember correctly, there’s only one of the seven that’s made an oath throughout all this.

I’m having a really hard time reviewing this book. So much happens, and just like with the Last Olympian, we get so much information about so many different characters. Therefore, I’ll do this one a bit different, and instead of going through the plot, I’ll recognise each of our main characters, not just in this book, but for what have happened to them individually throughout the Heroes of Olympus series.


Spoilers incoming


Jason:

I’m still having a hard time dealing with his self-importance, and I really wish he’d just lighten up! But at the same time, I love how he warms up to Nico, when he shares his big dark secret, and I do feel like he redeems himself quite a bit. I still don’t love him, but he’s on the right track. I do think that Jason is especially awkward because he’s constantly being compared to Percy, and the two of them have just had so very different lives and upbringings, so it’s hardly a fair comparison. Also, their dad’s genes are a bit too visible as they often bump heads, and don’t want to bow down to each other. However, their mutual respect and individual love for Piper and Annabeth helps them get along. In the end Jason finally realises what he wants, he wants to stay at camp Half-Blood with Piper. With all that being said, Jason redeems himself, in my eyes, here:

“Legion, cuneum formate!’ Reyna yelled. ‘Advance!’ Another cheer on Jason’s right as Percy and Annabeth reunited with the forces of Camp Half-Blood.

‘Greeks!’ Percy yelled. ‘Let’s, um, fight stuff!’ They yelled like banshees and charged.

Jason grinned. He loved the Greeks. They had no organization whatsoever, but they made up for it with enthusiasm.”

Piper: 

I love how Piper has grown into the role required from her. She’s the most kick ass daughter of Aphrodite I could imagine, and she constantly tries to improve herself. By now she’s mastering her charm speak, sword fighting and she’s bonding with the other girls. The only negative I have to say about her, is I wish she would be less hung up on Jason, so she could enjoy life a little more. She’s not as visible in this book as she has been previously, but to me that’s totally okay, because this is not her time to shine!

 

“Some pain shouldn’t be wished away so easily. It had to be dealt with, even embraced. Without the agony of the last few months, Piper never would have found her best friends, Hazel and Annabeth. She never would’ve discovered her own courage. She certainly wouldn’t have had the guts to sing show tunes to the snake people under Athens.”

“Piper was maybe the most impressive. She fenced with the giantess Periboia, sword against sword. Despite the fact that her opponent was five times larger, Piper seemed to be holding her own. The goddess Aphrodite floated around them on a small white cloud, strewing rose petals in the giantess’s eyes and calling encouragement to Piper. ‘Lovely, my dear. Yes, good. Hit her again!”

Leo:

Leo goes through so much in these books! For so long he’s been the odd one out, whilst all the rest paired up. Thanks to Nico he’s no longer the only single around, but just as that happens he finds true love. However, of course he can’t stay with Calypso forever, and that just about breaks my heart! However, there’s always a silver lining. Like Leo making an oath that he’ll be back for Calypso, and as we all know, that’s a dangerous thing to do while the prophecy of seven is active. Like that’s not enough, when contemplating whether the world should fall to fire or storm, Leo removes Jason from the calculation, and he almost highhandedly destroys the world.

Annabeth and Percy:

Because of their shared past, present and future, it’s too hard to talk about them individually! I feel that Percy and Annabeth have grown as much together as they have individually. They still pretty much balance each other out, with Percy’s lack of maturity matches Annabeth’s over matureness. The time Percy had without Annabeth in the Son of Neptune have proved to be really good for him, and he’s now acting less like a wild card, and more aware of everyone around him + the responsibility he has to shoulder.

I think the biggest character development Annabeth has shown is that she’s learning to trust Percy more, and believe he’ll be there with her every step of the way. When she’s about to embark on her solo quest, and wants to do it all alone, I love that Percy is forcing her to accept he’ll walk her to the door (so to speak). And when he realises he can’t pull her up (Mark of Athena), he instead accepts their situation and jumps with her into freaking Tartarus, so they won’t be separated again.

I love the way Percy’s power is evolved in Tartarus. When Percy was going to kill Misery with her own poison, I was equally horrified and cheering him on. Way to go, son of the sea God.

There’s a lot more to be reviewed about their trip down under, but I’m having a really hard time writing about Bob the Titan, small Bob the cat and Damasen the giant. So instead I’ll honour them with a quote from House of Hades:

I think the biggest character development Annabeth has shown is that she’s learning to trust Percy more, and believe he’ll be there with her every step of the way. When she’s about to embark on her solo quest, and wants to do it all alone, I love that Percy is forcing her to accept he’ll walk her to the door (so to speak). And when he realises he can’t pull her up (Mark of Athena), he instead accepts their situation and jumps with her into freaking Tartarus, so they won’t be separated again.

I love the way Percy matured and evolved in Tartarus. When Percy was going to kill Misery with her own poison, I was equally horrified and cheering him on. Way to go, son of the sea God.

There’s a lot more to be reviewed about their trip down under, but I’m having a really hard time writing about Bob the Titan, small Bob the cat and Damasen the giant. So instead I’ll honour them with a quote from House of Hades:

 

“Tell the sun and stars hello for me.”

Luckily, it’s not all bad and I feel that their final choice is a really good one. It’s nice to imagine that they, after all these years, get some down time, together.

Even with everything that’s going on, I was happy to see that Percy is still being himself:

“Oh, come on!’ Percy complained. ‘I get a little nosebleed and I wake up the entire earth? That’s not fair!”

“Percy pulled Annabeth close and kissed her… long enough for it to get really awkward for Piper, though she said nothing. She thought about the old rule of Aphrodite’s cabin: that to be recognized as a daughter of the love goddess, you had to break someone’s heart. Piper had long ago decided to change that rule. Percy and Annabeth were a perfect example of why. You should have to make someone’s heart whole. That was a much better test.
When Percy pulled away, Annabeth looked like a fish gasping for air.
‘The Rivalry end here,’ Percy said. ‘I love you, Wise Girl.”

Frank:

Frank gets a field promotion, and of course he aces it. (House of Hades). I mean that child of Mars is absolutely meant to be a leader! I know it may be a bit flawed how the promotion comes about, with Jason resigning and promoting Frank literally on the battlefield, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers! Frank embraces his new role and does really take it seriously. I like how far Frank has come, from the awkward boy he was when we met him in the Son of Neptune, to the fierce Praetor he is now. With Hazel at his site he ends up returning to camp Jupiter

Hazel:

Personally, Hazel has been one of the characters I’ve enjoyed the most. She’s come such a long way, from the little timid living-dead girl – who blushed when looking at Frank, in Son of Neptune, till the confident sorcerer she turns out to be. She can control every metal under the earth, she can control the mist and yet, she doesn’t let her power go to her head. I really love Hazel’s development, and I’m happy to see that her crazy, brave and powerful sides are rivalled by her love. Her love for Frank and her love for Nico. To me Hazel is perfect. 

Nico: 

 

“Images flashed through his mind. He saw Nico and his sister on a snowy mountain cliff in Maine, Percy Jackson protecting them from the manticore. Percy’s sword gleamed in the dark. He’d been the first demigod Nico had ever seen in action. Later at Camp Half-Blood, Percy took Nico by the arm, promising to keep his sister Bianca safe. Nico believed him. Nico looked into his sea-green eyes and though, how can he possibly fail? This is a real hero.”

As big of a surprise as it is, it makes so much sense, when we learn that Nico is fighting a secret crush on Percy Jackson. I can only imagine the pain Nico has dragged around. Not only was he born a very long time ago (but thanks to the stay at the Lotus Hotel he never aged, Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse), he’s alieanated by default (the fate most of Hades’ children has suffered) but on top of that he’s gay. I think that’s why I was even more pleased with Nico’s development and happy ending. I can’t imagine anyone better suited for him, than Will Solace. Will has his fathers’ sunny personality and is definitely not just letting Nico be a brooding loner.

On top of that I’m really happy that Nico gets a bigger role in this book! It’s about time the son of Hades steps out of the shadows.

“I … what? Why would you want a son of Hades in the same room with people you’re trying to heal? Why would anyone want that?’
‘You can’t help out a friend? Maybe cut bandages? Bring me a soda or a snack? Or just a simple How’s it going, Will? You don’t think I could stand to see a friendly face?’
‘What … my face?’
The words simply didn’t make sense together: Friendly face. Nico di Angelo.”

“Nico scowled. ‘It’s none of your business, but I don’t belong. That’s obvious. No one wants me. I’m a child of –’
‘Oh, please.’ Will sounded unusually angry. ‘Nobody at Camp Half-Blood ever pushed you away. You have friends – or at least people who would like to be your friend. You pushed yourself away. If you’d get your head out of that brooding cloud of yours for once –”

Reyna: 

Reyna’s story goes way back to Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. But to me she’s one of the few characters that develop the least in the books, and the most behind the scenes. When we meet her in the Son of Neptune, she’s already a force to be reckoned with, and she gives the impression that she’ll always put the need of the camp first.

She, and her sister, Hylla, were living at Circe’s spa, which Percy and Annabeth destroyed. When that happened Reyna and Hylla had to learn to survive without their magical mistress. When they learned of their parentage, they embraced very different destinies, and parted ways. Reyna joined camp Jupiter, where she eventually became Praetor. Hylla became queen of the Amazones. As the children of Bellona they’ve both embraces their powers.

However, Reyna ruled camp Jupiter with Jason for short amount of time, before Juno whisked him away. So, for quite some time have to control the camp by herself. Then she arranged for Percy to be made Praetor, but when she offered more than a professional relationship, he refused because of his relationship with Annabeth. Like that wasn’t enough, then Jason returns with his new-found love, Piper. So far, it’s fair to say, that it hasn’t been Reyna’s year.

Reyna, however, is a true Roman. When life hands her lemons, well she doesn’t cry about it. She still does her duty! She jumps on her Pegasus, Scipio, and tacks down the Argos II. When she arrives, Scipio is so badly injured, that she has to kill her only true friend, in order to end its suffering.

Due to all the hardship Reyna has faced, pretty much alone, I couldn’t be happier that Reyna get’s a bigger role in this final book. I love how she and Nico strikes up a friendship

She, and her sister, Hylla, were living at Circe’s spa, which Percy and Annabeth destroyed. When that happened Reyna and Hylla had to learn to survive without their magical mistress. When they learned of their parentage, they embraced very different destinies, and parted ways. Reyna joined camp Jupiter, where she eventually became Praetor. Hylla became queen of the Amazones. As the children of Bellona they’ve both embraces their powers.

However, Reyna ruled camp Jupiter with Jason for short amount of time, before Juno whisked him away. So, for quite some time have to control the camp by herself. Then she arranged for Percy to be made Praetor, but when she offered more than a professional relationship, he refused because of his relationship with Annabeth. Like that wasn’t enough, then Jason returns with his new-found love, Piper. So far, it’s fair to say, that it hasn’t been Reyna’s year.

Reyna, however, is a true Roman. When life hands her lemons, well she doesn’t cry about it. She still does her duty! She jumps on her Pegasus, Scipio, and tacks down the Argos II. When she arrives, Scipio is so badly injured, that she has to kill her only true friend, in order to end its suffering.

Due to all the hardship Reyna has faced, pretty much alone, I couldn’t be happier that Reyna get’s a bigger role in this final book. I love how she and Nico strikes up a friendship
[Reyna’s story goes way back to Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. But to me she’s one of the few characters that develop the least in the books, and the most behind the scenes. When we meet her in the Son of Neptune, she’s already a force to be reckoned with, and she gives the impression that she’ll always put the need of the camp first.

She, and her sister, Hylla, were living at Circe’s spa, which Percy and Annabeth destroyed. When that happened Reyna and Hylla had to learn to survive without their magical mistress. When they learned of their parentage, they embraced very different destinies, and parted ways. Reyna joined camp Jupiter, where she eventually became Praetor. Hylla became queen of the Amazones. As the children of Bellona they’ve both embraces their powers.

However, Reyna ruled camp Jupiter with Jason for short amount of time, before Juno whisked him away. So, for quite some time have to control the camp by herself. Then she arranged for Percy to be made Praetor, but when she offered more than a professional relationship, he refused because of his relationship with Annabeth. Like that wasn’t enough, then Jason returns with his new-found love, Piper. So far, it’s fair to say, that it hasn’t been Reyna’s year.

Reyna, however, is a true Roman. When life hands her lemons, well she doesn’t cry about it. She still does her duty! She jumps on her Pegasus, Scipio, and tacks down the Argos II. When she arrives, Scipio is so badly injured, that she has to kill her only true friend, in order to end its suffering.

Due to all the hardship Reyna has faced, pretty much alone, I couldn’t be happier that Reyna get’s a bigger role in this final book. I love how she and Nico strikes up a friendship

 

“Then she did something so unexpected Nico would later think he dreamed it. She walked up to Nico, who was standing to one side in the shadows, as usual. She grabbed his hand and pulled him gently into the firelight. ‘We had one home,’ she said. ‘Now we have two.’ She gave Nico a big hug and the crowd roared with approval. For once, Nico didn’t feel like pulling away. He buried his face in Reyna’s shoulder and blinked the tears out of his eyes.”

With all that being said, for the first time there’s a few points that I think are a bit of a let-down:

  • The entire series is about the prophetic seven half-bloods, yet it seems that the final stand is made by Reyna, Nico and Leo. Two of the three are not even part of the prophecy!
  • There’s a lot of build up for the final showdown against Gaia but that’s not even half the book. And on top of that, it’s pretty much a Leo one-man show.

However, the book still gets five hearts from me, because the series is awesome – and does give a subtle, but good, setup for the next series. 

 

Have you read this book or anything like it? Comment and let me know.

 

Follow me:

♥♥  Twitter  ♥♥  Goodreads  ♥♥

 

signatur

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.