Book 5 in The Heroes of Olympus series
Published in 2014 by Disney Hyperion Books
5 out of 5 stars
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.
Let’s talk about the plot:
Throughout 5 books we have come to know 7 demigods, some old, some new. We and they have been through literal hell and back, and then some. So much was leading up into this final installment, and as this series had fast become an all time favourite, you can presume I didn’t want to let these characters go. This was such a nail biting finale! I was on the edge of my seat throughout and I felt like everything was heightened: the prophecies were reinforced and some characters knew what they had to do! Rick’s writing remains flawless and exciting as ever: and so emotional too! There were times in this book that I was cheering, laughing and crying: but seeing everyone come so far, and our heroes” friendships develop and seeing them lean on one another, and how much they all appreciate each other, was perfect! I couldn’t predict what way the final battle was going to go, and even though I feel like it wasn’t the big epic finale that was foreshadowed, seeing our demigods step up to the battle was so nerve wracking and exciting!
I’ll miss these characters but I know it never ends, really.
Let’s talk about the characters:
Annabeth, Percy, Piper, Jason, Frank, Hazel, Leo, Nico and Reyna have all been through it all! Through these 5 books I felt like I got to know these characters so well! I’m talking about them as a collective because a) squad goals and b) otherwise I’ll be here ranting endlessly about them! Throughout the book, which is told in the perspectives of Reyna, Nico, Piper, Leo and Jason, we get a taste for their fear and worries about the last battle. They all know what has been leading up to this, and they have their own choices to make: and even though we don’t get narration from Percy and Annabeth, they definitely feature prominently throughout the book, and we read about them and see their scenes through other characters’ eyes, which is amazing! I love reading about them all: they hold one another in such high esteem! I’m so proud of how far everyone has come; I was cheering them every step!
Let’s talk talk about the writing:
Rick Riordan’s writing was every bit as delightful as this book’s predecessors, although I do question why Gaea’s entrance and subsequent exit was so brief; which made the book semi anticlimactic, but either way I am amazed how he can take on the personalities of each character and switch perspective so effortlessly. As always, I loved how each character mostly had a narrative that lasted 3 chapters at a time, and each one was packed full of emotion and fun. It was Leo’s chapters that had me cracking up so much, he’s definitley the comic relief of the book, and Piper and Reyna’s narratives had me feeling the most! I just adore all of them though and I definitley want more!!
And that concludes my review! Until next time, happy reading!