Published by Disney-Hyperion Books on October 8th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology
Reading Challenges: #RockMyTBR Challenge Source: Kindle (Amazon)
At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?
They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.
I swear, Rick Riordan secretly wants all his readers to die of heart attack, because that was what it felt like to read this book. Practically every page turned is a new bout of heart attack. I should have listened to everyone when they told me that The House of Hades would kill me, but did I listen to them? Of course I didn’t. Instead, I went into this book with a hopeful heart, and obviously, Mr Riordan crushed it at every page. I mean, the dude started his book with this letter to his readers:
“To my wonderful readers:
Sorry about that last cliff-hanger.
Well, no, not really. HAHAHAHA.
But seriously, I love you guys.”
SERIOUSLY. But then again, wasn’t this the reason as to why we all love Rick Riordan? Okay, enough about him. I’m sure our hearts were practically breaking the moment we read the ending of The Mark of Athena. I mean, WHAT WAS THAT ABOUT? Percy and Annabeth were just reunited, FINALLY, and now they’re thrown into Tartarus to die? NO. But I do have to admit that reading The House of Hades was really hard, because of the different obstacles that our seven heroes had to go through.
This book introduced us to more villains and foes, and unfortunately, not that much new allies. But one thing you should already know about the heroes is that they don’t give up easily, but it did get hard seeing them try to overcome the dangerous path ahead of them. Each step they took seemed to bring them greater danger, and my heart broke for each and every one of them.
Again, I love how Rick Riordan gave each of the seven characters their very own point of view, their very own story to tell, and this allowed us to get to know them more and more, and even got to see them develop into something better. I think what I loved more about The House of Hades was that we got to know more about the mysterious Nico di Angelo, who we didn’t really get to know that well, due to the fact that he was captured in the previous book.
Obviously, I still love all the characters in this book, even the minor ones like the amazing satyr and his thirst for violence. He did make this whole book a lot more interesting. But I do have to admit that the one character that got my attention was Leo. We always knew Leo as the irritating, genius little brother that we wish we had, but this book showed a whole different side of him. So yes, I still love Percy Jackson, but Leo deserves my attention a little bit more.
I’m not even sure if it’s appropriate to be excited for the final book in this whole series, considering the fact that I’m pretty sure there will be a whole lot of deaths and blood and not-so-good things happening. BUT SIGH. REALLY, SOMEONE PLEASE GIVE ALL MY BABIES A HAPPY ENDING. PLEASE?