Friday, September 18, 2015

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Title:  The Blood of Olympus
Series:  The Heroes of Olympus #5
Author:  Rick Riordan
Publication Date:  October 7/14 by Disney-Hyperion
Length:  528pgs
Genre:  YA fantasy
Shelf:  borrowed
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

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.

My Review:

Riordan blends a mix of real history and mythology that creates the perfect backdrop for this adventurous tale. The superimposition of what was-is-will be also creates an impressive backdrop and intricate twists to the plot. The fast paced story brings together the various aspects of the series in a fantastic conclusion. Riordan kept me captivated throughout with this vibrant, larger than life tale.

Riordan’s characters embody the best of Roman and Greek demi-gods as well as being modern day teenagers. The mix creates unforgettable individuals that you want to go on a quest with. They’ve grown and morphed throughout the series, culminating in this bunch of adventurous individuals who’ve definitely gripped my heart.

Riordan doesn’t wrap this series up in a pretty little bow, but rather leaves it open for any of the characters to continue on into their own series. At the same time, there is a sense of completion that allows the series to end well.

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1 comment:

  1. I really need to get started on the second series because I am still on the first one! I am just worried that it won't be as good, but it seems like that is not the issue here. I will have to try it soon!