The Fifth book in The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
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.
Okay, for some reason I always put hope into these books having a kick butt ending (because honestly, the potential is there!) I mean we put so much dread and effort into trying to beat the bad guy that you expect this huge, giant, intense, epic battle that lasts longer than literally ten minutes of book time… Two pages shouldn’t be enough to fix the entire issue that we’ve been working on fighting and preventing for five books! So that was extremely annoying, and so anticlimactic.
The characters were fun and loveable throughout the series, Percy got a little whiny for a bit there but otherwise they’ve all been pretty fun to hang out with. I enjoyed seeing so many different god’s children working together, even though I still wasn’t a Roman gods fan.. I still much prefer the greeks.
It definitely still had those super cringey moments that the author seems to love. I don’t get why he writes like that. I get that these are kids books, but there are way too many childish monologues, too many dramatic villains making huge statements before trying to be bad. I don’t think it would be as painful to read if they didn’t run into a bad guy every chapter, if it only happened like two or three times a book…but no, there was like twenty of those scenes in this one. It’s a lot to get through, and a lot of cringe to put up with.
The ending, even though it happened way too quickly.. was nice. It gave closure to practically everyone, except Leo I guess. But they all have their plans and their path for the future… so now I just have to decide if that is good enough for me, if I should cut my losses and stop reading and be happy with where they all are, or if I need to read the trials of Apollo series to continue it…because I think that’s also about these characters (correct me if I’m wrong) and knowing that kind of makes me want to read it.
Overall the series was a fun and at times an annoying read. Was it my favourite book series? No. Would I read it again? Probably. Would I recommend it? Yes.
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