The House of Hades

The Fourth book in The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

Synopsis: 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 Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from 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.

I don’t get why the first fifty or so pages are always filled with explanations of who people are and what they’re doing.. Like, I mean I get it when it’s the first book of a series… Obviously you need to learn the characters. But this is already the fourth book. If someone is starting the series on the fourth book then they deserve to be lost and confused about the story because what kind of monster starts on the fourth book? It just makes the first while of the book so boring because it’s just repeating all stuff we already know.

I didn’t think it could get any more convenient than in the last books but here we are, things just keep lining up so freaking perfectly. Discoveries are being made at exactly the right moments…yes, monsters do tend to attack and have an epic monologue to share at exactly the wrong moments..I feel like this book series could have been easily whittled down to three books and been less drawn out if he would take out things and attacks/fights that are very pointless to the overall story to make it more ‘realistic’. Obviously I know it’s a fiction about demigods, so it’s not realistic.. but you know what I meant.

This one wasn’t nearly as good as the others have been, it dragged on and on and although it felt like a lot physically happens in the timeline of the book. I felt like the story didn’t progress all that much, however I do know that it could just be building up to what could possibly be a grand and spectacular ending… I bet that something is going to happen at exactly the right moment and that everything is going to turn out great!

Yea, that’s pretty much all I had to say about this one… it was okay but it wasn’t great, it can only go up from here! (I hope). so on to the fifth and final book!

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