Friday, 3 July 2015

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Goodreads: 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.

Wow. I was really lucky that I bought this book so I could continue it immediately after The House of Hades. This was also a really intense follow up. The end was near and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. 

I must say, I was disappointed with the amount of Percy and Annabeth. I know there was a lot of them in the last book, but I wanted that to continue on in The Blood of Olympus. I must say though that all of the characters that were focused on were necessary to have that focus so I suppose there is that. I was excited to see more Nico and Reyna too. It was good to see Nico come to terms with himself and grow to accept who he is and it was also good to see Reyna come to terms with her past. These two characters needed each other so I was really happy they got to spend a lot of time together.

Leo's plot line was sad, and also very much needed. I felt like he had been stuck as the odd man out for so long that it was good to see him get his happy ending, and Calypso as well. He got his act together, knew what he had to do, and did it!

Again, so much love for those Greek settings, but it was also great to see the series come to an end at Camp Half-Blood. The series came full circle, which I'm hoping was planned by Riordan because he did a really good job of it. 

All the characters seemed to pull together and grew in all sorts of ways. After following Percy Jackson for so long, it was like watching my babies grow up to defeat even bigger and badder monsters than last time!

The ending was very intense, but seemed slightly anti-climactic somehow. It wasn't quite as insane as I was hoping for it to be, but it was still a very good final fight. I was happy to see everyone settle and it was also exciting to see the Roman and Greek demigods put aside their differences. I think it would be cool to see how Percy handles college and I want another series, but I also don't because I feel like poor Percy and everyone has had enough troubles to last a lifetime!

Overall I was very content with this as the final book in the series. Everything got wrapped up quite nicely.

Quote of the day: "Hey, I'm a Poseidon kid," he said. "I can't drown. And neither can my pancakes." - Rick Riordan, The Blood of Olympus