Title: The House of Hades
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #4, Camp Half-Blood Chronicles #12
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Mythology, Urban Fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: This one began leaping around the deck, stuffing things into a burlap bag – Piper’s dagger, Leo’s Wii controllers.
Riordan tried a new tack in this story – in that he split the storyline into two stories, running parallel in time. It effectively split the story into the well-known characters of Percy and Annabeth, and the new arrivals in the Percy-verse. This gave the story such a variety and flavour that it was hard not to continue to flip the pages late into the night.
Nico was so easy to relate to in the first books – at least for me. So having him take such a predominant place within The House of Hades was really exciting. It also made me feel like he finally had the potential to stop his wandering ways and find a home amongst the other Demigods. The feeling of Nico’s final acceptance is expanded when he finally reveals what has made him so removed from the others. It was a plot twist that I didn’t see coming – it took me completely by surprise. But, once I read the great reveal, I looked back on all of Nico’s past actions in a new light with a new understanding.
Although I love Annabeth and Percy’s journey, and thoroughly enjoy the fact that Nico seems to finally be finding his place amongst the others, it’s Frank’s journey that really pulls me in. His discomfort throughout the story at his identity as Ares’ / Mars’ son is tangible. His inability to understand how to take charge and fight throughout makes me think of a cuddly teddy bear. And this idea is reflected in the others’ views of him. But, his ability to harness his abilities and use his brain to fight the good fight were admirable. It is Frank that reminds me that brawn can be brains too. That the child of war can show the honourable side of such a battle.
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