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The Blood of Olympus, Rick Riordan

Blood of Olympus, Rick RiordanThe Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

First Published: 2014

Pages: 514 (Paperback)
Form: Novel
Series: Heroes of Olympus #5

Rating: 4/54/54/54/54/5

Seven Heroic Demigods.
One Final Quest.
The Greatest Sacrifice Yet.

‘The ruins are up there,’ Piper promised. ‘I saw them in Katoptris’s blade. And you heard what Hazel said. “The biggest -“‘
‘”The biggest gathering of evil spirits I’ve ever sensed,”‘ Jason recalled. Yeah, sounds awesome.’

After surviving many deadly quests, Percy, Jason, Annabeth and their friends face one final challenge: defeat an army of giants before the Earth Mother, Gaia, finally awakes and brings about the end of the world…

It finally came out in paperback! Which means I am finally finished with the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series. Sad days! Heroes of Olympus took a couple of books to really grow on me, I did not love it instantly in the same way I loved Percy Jackson, and I still think the previous series is superior, but I grew to love HoO and its characters far more over these five books than I was ever expecting when I picked up The Lost Hero. And I am genuinely sad to see it end.

The Blood of Olympus, concludes the story of the fight against Gaia (Mother Earth) and her giant offspring’s attempts to weaken the gods by setting their Greek and Roman aspects off against each other, and destroy the world. The time for Gaia’s resurrection is finally drawing close and our cast of Greek and Roman heroes must race against time across Greece to the Acropolis at Athens to prevent it, knowing that at least one of them is prophesied  not survive the encounter. Meanwhile our secondary heroes, Nico and Reyna, must return to America to forge peace between the Greek and Roman camps before they wipe each other out.

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The Son of Neptune, Rick Riordan

The Son of Neptune, Rick RiordanThe Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

First Published: 2011
Pages: 519 including Glossary (Paperback)
Form: Novel
Series: Heroes of Olympus #2

Rating: 4/5 = I really liked it4/5 = I really liked it4/5 = I really liked it4/5 = I really liked it4/5 = I really liked it

Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, god of the sea, has woken from a deep sleep and come face to face with two snake-haired ladies who refuse to die.

But they’re the least of his problems. Because Percy finds himself at a camp for half-bloods, which doesn’t ring any bells for him. There’s just one name he remembers from his past. Annabeth.

Only one thing is certain – Percy’s questing days aren’t over. He and fellow demigods Frank and Hazel must face the most important quest of all: the Prophecy of Seven. If they fail, it’s not just their camp at risk. Percy’s old life, the gods and the entire world might be destroyed . . .

Yay! Percy’s back! And he’s still awesome. Just in the first chapter I felt myself enjoying the book more than I had at any point in The Lost Hero. There’s the fun and goofiness I like. With Percy there to play off rather than boring boringface Jason, the monsters instantly became more memorable and unique. I have to confess I can barely remember a single ‘random encounter’ from The Lost Hero but Stheno, the gorgon who set up a font as a supermarket worker and has ‘gone native’, chasing heroes around offering free samples, will definitely stick in my mind. For the first few chapters things were well on track for a five star read.

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The Lost Hero, Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero, Rick RiordanThe Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

First Published: 2010
Pages: 554 including God-List (Paperback)
Form: Novel
Series: Heroes of Olympus #1

Rating: 4/5 = I really liked it4/5 = I really liked it4/5 = I really liked it4/5 = I really liked it4/5 = I really liked it

OLD ENEMIES AWAKEN AS CAMP HALF-BLOOD’S NEW ARRIVALS PREPARE FOR WAR

When Jason, Piper and Leo crash land at Camp Half-Blood, they have no idea what to expect. Apparently this is the only safe place for children of the Greek Gods – despite the monsters roaming the woods and demigods practising archery with flaming arrows and explosives. But rumours of a terrible curse – and a missing hero – are flying around camp. It seems Jason, Piper and Leo are the chosen ones to embark on a terrifying new quest, which they must complete by the winter solstice. In just four days time. Can the trio succeed on this deadly mission – and what must they sacrifice in order to survive?

From Amazon description (actual blurb is useless)

Percy Jackson was always going to be a hard act to follow, let alone top. To Riordan’s credit he manages the first goal but falls very very short of the second. Heroes of Olympus, a new series set in the Percy Jackson world follows fast on the heels of the last series. At first it seemed almost too fast – only a few measly months have gone between the final showdown between Gods and Titans and already the next big threat is rising up, some deities just can’t catch a break! Riordan’s knowledge of Greek (and Roman!) mythology placated me somewhat there though, it’s as fast paced and action packed as ever. Where it doesn’t fare so well  is the new characters and the shift from first person to third-person limited narration. No Percy Jackson in this book, no charmingly hilarious oddball narration. Instead we get three new characters; Jason, Piper, and Leo who shift between third person point of view chapters – allowing us to witness just how vapid and boring two of their personalities are.

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The Demigod Files, Rick Riordan

The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan

Publisher: Puffin
Pages: 171 (Paperback)
Form: Compilation (short stories, quiz’s, and background information)
Series: Percy Jackson

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If you’re reading this book, your life is about to get a lot more dangerous.

In these top-secret files, Rick Riordan, Camp Half-Blood’s senior scribe, gives an inside look at the world of demigods that NO regular human child is allowed to see.

These highly classified archives include three of Percy Jackson’s most perilous adventures, a Spotter’s Duide to Monsters, a Who’s Who in Greek mythology, Percy’s Summer Camp report and much more.

So, if you’re armed with this book, you’ll have everything you need to know to keep you alive in your training. Your own aventures have just begun…

Ok, so I’m not normally one for these sort of ‘added extras’ type of books. They’re generally just a bit too kiddy and a bit too gimmicky for me, but I was interested to read the three short Percy Jackson stories Riordan had written so I picked a copy up from my library. As expected, most of the content is pretty gimmicky, aimed firmly at the intended child audience for the books rather than geeks like me still reading kids books in their twenties. A lot of it, surprisingly, though was stuff I had already read, little extras like the ‘Who’s Who in Greek Mythology’ that I read in the back of my library copy of Sea of Monsters, Percy Jackson’s summer camp report that was in the back of another of the books. I think the majority of new content (bar two of the short stories) was the interviews with named campers, which didn’t really appeal to me and the quiz’s and puzzles at the end. Whatever though, I didn’t borrow the book for the gimmicky stuff but I’m not going to begrudge the publishes for including it if the younger audience enjoy it. The big thing for me was the short stories.  Were they any good? Well… I have to say that, although I enjoyed The Sword of Hades,  I found the other two rather lacking.

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