Book Review: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

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Title: The Blood of Olympus
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus, #5
Publication Date: October 7th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
Rating: ★★★★★

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Synopsis

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.

 

I’m going to keep this review short and simple, I guess, because I don’t want to give away anything. I know you lot hate spoilers and don’t want to be trolled more than Uncle Rick’s already doing to us. Hahaha!

This book is one of my most anticipated novels of 2014. Being the series finale, my expectations shot up through the sky. I knew this book would be as action-packed, thrilling, amusing and perfect like any other Riordan masterpiece. And once again, Rick Riordan delivered.

The series as a whole, was an adventure itself. Like any other Riordan book, I love the spot-on action and adventure and the way he incorporated the Ancient Greek and Roman mythology in the modern world.

There were new characters introduced in the book, but the old characters made an appearance too, which really made me happy, especially Apollo *blushes
mildly*. I mean, come on! You have to agree with me that Rick’s description of Apollo is truly swoon-worthy. Hahaha! The book had new POVs too, which was pretty exciting. The main seven characters had gone through a lot of things and I’m really happy to see
them grow throughout the series, particularly Piper McLean. From the start, I knew she had more badass tricks to show and just because she’s an Aphrodite kid doesn’t mean she has to act like a stereotypical teenage girl. This book just proved me right.

Leo Valdez is just too perfect to describe. He’s quite the clown, yes, but this guy was really one hell of a demigod. Nico di Angelo, though. Oh my gods! I’m just so happy with what happened to his character.

I’m going to sound greedy but I really needed more when it came to the ending. However, the book was really great and amazing that I felt contented with the ending after sometime of letting it sink through me.

It’s been one hell of a ride and I know that this is not the last time that we’ll see these characters because Magnus Chase is happening next year *coughs* crossover. Haha! Let’s just keep an eye out of that.

Lastly, to Uncle Rick, thank you for bringing us these books and making us love Percy Jackson and these other demigods since The Lightning Thief. I, personally, love Greek Mythology so much and these books just made me love it even more. These books accompanied me during my teenage years and I learned a lot from it. Thank you!

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