Book Review

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

The Blood of Olympus

Title: The Blood of Olympus
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #5Camp Half-Blood Chronicles #13
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Mythology, Urban Fantasy
Pace: Medium
Format: Novel
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2014
5th sentence, 74th page: Reyna couldn’t blame them.

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I found this book a little slow to begin with. Which was a little odd considering how much I normally love Rick Riordan’s books. Needless to say, I was a little disappointed in the first few chapters – and it took me a lot longer to read than the preceding four books!

Bear with me though. I was well-rewarded for sticking with the first few chapters – Riordan again captured my imagination and heart as I followed my favourite demigods on their final, epic journey. I think that part of the issue was that I knew the final battle for the fate of the world was going to be in this book. (After all, it is the final book in the series). So the journey there held a little too much suspense – I just wanted to see (read) some good, old fashioned fight scenes!

The journey to the end was well worth it. Joining the ‘seven’, Reyna, Nico and Coach Hedge as they told of their stories and heartbreaks took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. I laughed, held my breath, chewed my fingernails, and at one point, even shed a tear. The final chapters gave such a sense of completion and future happiness that I could close the book, knowing that the characters I came to love and cherish were going to have a ‘happy ever after’ – or at least as much of one as a demigod can get.

Overall, I would recommend the entire Heroes of Olympus series. You get to reconnect with Percy Jackson and Annabeth, but you also meet a whole slew of new characters. I also love how this story bought back Nico and told his story in more depth. I finally understand so many of his actions in the Percy Jackson series!

For an easy, happy read with a good dose of suspense and humour, this is definitely a book worth reading (or rereading).

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