Thursday Review: The House of Hades

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The Blurb: 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.

My review: It is so much fun reading how another author played interpreted Tartarus, Hades, and all things mythological. I loved the idea that Tartarus was alive. It flows with the original mythology really well, and answered some questions about how monsters keep coming back in this series. I did have an issue with the button thing, just because the monsters of Percy’s world never really seemed 1) bright enough to time something and 2) cooperative enough/trusting enough to put their lives in one another’s hands for twelve minutes. It added great tension, but it kind of felt like that was just there to add tension.

I love how much the characters in this series have grown, and I love how unique Riordan makes all their voices. I didn’t appreciate the red-shirting that happened toward the end. I saw it coming from a mile away and it was super sad, but

**spoiler**

I don’t like it when characters are literally introduced just to die. It makes me feel like the author wrote themselves into a corner and threw something expendable at it. It worked, and Riordan did a GREAT job, in fact it even tied up a loose end from earlier in the seris, but I just KNEW the minute that character was introduced… I saw this thing on tumbler that showed Leo,the seventh wheel shutting the door on the other side, and it was super sad to think that might be the resolution, but that resolution made sense. Him or Nico. It’s not that I want a character to die or anything. I just feel like the plot demanded it.

Since I’m in spoiler territory…OMG! Leo and Callpyso! Amazing! Loved it!
And the Nico thing!!!!

Spoilers over:

Anyway… I really enjoyed the book. I liked the dialogue, the tension was great, and it kept me reading. Now to wait for the next one….

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