House of Hades by: Rick Riordan

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.

Upon finishing this book I started to scream out every single insult and curse that I know, and even made up a few new ones. To save everyone from the pain and disappointment of this ending I’m just going to tell you, there’s going to be a fifth book, Son-of-a-Mother-F*cking-Cyclops, FML! I hate you Riordan! Why would you do this???? *sobs of frustration and anger*

I really thought that this would be the end, I was stoked and completely prepared for this series to end for good, but there was no f*cking ending! GAH!!!!!!!

I love Percy Jackson, I really do, I love Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Leo, Frank, Hazel, Nico, Coach Hedge, and even Reyna, they are all such perfect characters with real voices and emotions that you can understand and relate to, but I can’t endure the agony of waiting an entire year to find out what happens next. It’s the problem with all book series you love, you never want them to end, but the constant anticipation for new books slowly kills you inside, until you become a wreck, sobbing at the end of the book because of the stupid cliffhanger.

In the House of Hades there wasn’t a lot of plot development, the story mainly consisted of character development, I love Nico, anyone who’s read the book will understand why I’m putting that there. And Frank’s really moved on up along with Piper, Hazel and Leo, and even Coach Hedge, you learn a lot more about him. Calypso comes back in this book, but I refuse to give away spoilers about this, but I really hope she becomes a main character in the next book, The Blood of Olympus.
There’s just so much in this book, 600 pages of pure brilliant, genius, awesomeness. I want to live in this book *Cue heavy-breathing, maniacal, wild-eyed, looking fan-girl* I would kill to get my hands on the next book.

I would have finished this book in one day except I got super distracted and didn’t get to finish it, so I had to finish it today. I just… I feel like I’ve been through on an emotional roller coaster, but as soon as I hit the peak the ride stopped, leaving me there, simmering in all the glory of Rick Riordan’s work.
The prophesy is becoming a lot clearer, but I wish it had been written out somewhere, like the front page, so I could properly remember it, instead just pieces of it were mentioned leaving me a bit confused.
I loved Annabeth’s new sword, and Hazel’s ability to work the Mist, Hecate is an awesome goddess/titan. I just feel so sad for my favorite characters; Leo and Nico, the two outsiders. Both were forced to deal with stuff that was completely unfair, but utterly perfect, I want more from them. In The Blood of Olympus I want a chapter from Nico, he didn’t get one in this book, I would love to better see in his mind.

Anyway, I’m going to wrap there and rate the book 5/5, perfect perfection, something all the gods and mortals should read (and a few special monsters).


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