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Book Depository • Series: The Heroes of Olympus #5
Published by Disney Hyperion on October 7, 2014
Source: the publisher
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.
“Hey Liz, why are you reviewing the last book in the series when you haven’t reviewed the previous novels?” Hey. HEY. I like Percy Jackson juuuuust fine (he’s one of my favorite protags), and I loved both of these series. But you know what’s the best part of a series? Or, well, supposed to be the best part of a series (to me, at least)? The ending. The part when you close the book and let out a sigh of fulfillment. That’s this book.
The Blood of Olympus, fifth and final book of the Heroes of Olympus series, is everything you would expect from Rick Riordan: jokes, combat, sass… All of it. Even a few heart-felt moments. And exploding toilets. I like how the ending was set up so that Riordan could return to these characters, even if it’s just that they crossover into his future series.
It did make me kind of sad that some characters had to resort to killing people. I get that there’s some military mindset going on for some of them. And I know that some of the ones being killed get sent to Tartarus and can come back to life, but not all of them. I guess in some circumstances it’s better than subduing them and making them live in some underground creepy place, but yeahhhh.
I loved the character growth that happens in this novel. Nico warms up to his fellow heroes, Reyna gets more backstory, Piper and Annabeth team up… I mean who saw that last one coming? Not I.
The settings were interesting. We get to see Greece, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and Camp Halfblood. I think I stamped my passport a few times while reading this! Haha.
I would definitely recommend this to any Percy Jackson fans, anyone looking for a bit of combat and adventure, and of course a bit of shenanigans.