Review – The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

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Synopsis:
Hazel stands at a crossroads. She and the remaining crew of the Argo II could return home with the Athena Parthenos statue and try to stop Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter from going to war. Or they could continue their quest to find the House of Hades, where they might be able to open the Doors of Death, rescue their friends Percy and Annabeth from Tartarus, and prevent monsters from being reincarnated in the mortal world. Whichever road they decide to take, they have to hurry, because time is running out. Gaea, the bloodthirsty Earth Mother, has set the date of August 1 for her rise to power.

Annabeth and Percy are overwhelmed. How will the two of them make it through Tartarus? Starving, thirsty, and in pain, they are barely able to stumble on in the dark and poisonous landscape that holds new horrors at every turn. They have no way of locating the Doors of Death. Even if they did, a legion of Gaea’s strongest monsters guards the Doors on the Tartarus side. Annabeth and Percy can’t exactly launch a frontal assault.

Despite the terrible odds, Hazel, Annabeth, Percy, and the other demigods of the prophecy know that there is only one choice: to attempt the impossible. Not just for themselves, but for everyone they love. Even though love can be the riskiest choice of all.

Join the demigods as they face their biggest challenges yet in The House of Hades, the hair-raising penultimate book in the best-selling Heroes of Olympus series.

My Review:
5 out of 5 stars

This book is my favorite one of the series by far! That might change when I read Blood of Olympus next, but for now, this one is the best! My love for these characters just keeps growing. It feels like they are real people now..friends of mine. <3 <3

Nico – Wow, did my heart ever break for him. I felt so sorry for him in that encounter he had to finally get the nerve enough to face. The humiliation and loneliness he has felt all this time just broke me. I was so glad when he was able to admit his feelings and get it out there. Nico deserves his own happy ending and I hope he is able to find it.

Percy – We saw a new side to Percy in this book, but given where he was for the majority of the book, you can’t really blame him. How could he be down there, for so long, with everything they went through, and not have a little bit of darkness?

Annabeth – The strength of this girl, y’all. I can’t even with her. She is absolutely amazing. The strength, resilience, and determination she displayed in this book was awesome. Annabeth and Percy are just #goals. Each of them is whatever the other one needs and that’s really something special. I love the two of them so much.

Leo – I love Leo’s skills with mechanics and building things, especially with how quickly he is able to do it. I’m so glad that he is coming into his own and doesn’t feel so useless and “third-wheel like” anymore. He is a valued and valid part of their team and I love it!

Piper – This little firecracker! I love Piper so much. After constantly being teased and tormented by various people throughout her life, it was extremely satisfying for her to finally see her potential and bring sh*t down like a boss! I really enjoyed watching her grow in her powers and her confidence.

Jason – Jason was great, as usual. He has been torn for so long on which path he needed to take and he finally made a decision. I’m happy with what he decided and am excited to see where the story takes him next.

Hazel – I really liked that Hazel and Nico got to develop their relationship better in this book. Hazel is an amazing support for Nico. Hazel is another character that had a lot of growth in this book. Her strength and powers are not to be underestimated for sure!

Frank – What a BOSS! I think Frank is the character that showed the most growth. I am so excited for him now that he has realized his worth and is growing more confident in his abilities. The things he did and accomplished in this book… just wow!

It never fails that when I pick up one of these books I just absolutely fly through it. This book brought me out of one of the most awful reading slumps I’ve ever been in. There are always so many emotions that you feel while reading this series. I laughed, I cried, I was angry, I was worried, I was happy with feels and swoons. What an amazing ride! I can’t wait to pick up the next book to see how everything ends.

3 thoughts on “Review – The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

  1. This is probably my favourite series on my book shelf…honestly, I think that House of Hades is perhaps the best book Rick Riordan has ever written! The character growth in this one is amazing as you said 🙂

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