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The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 5) Kindle Edition
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.
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|Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid||Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer||Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief||The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle||Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel|
|Also by #1 New York Times best-selling author Rick Riordan, author of The Percy Jackson series:||The best-selling author of Percy Jackson and the Olympians takes on ancient Egypt in the first book of a trilogy that offers a modern-day portal into a rich fantastical world of ancient myth.||The world’s foremost expert in bringing ancient stories to life for modern young readers through fast-paced, hilarious, and high-stakes adventure quests turns to Norse mythology for the first time.||The classic first book about Percy Jackson, the troubled boy who discovers he is the son of Poseidon, and his adventures with demigods, monsters, and Greek gods.||Favorite Greek and Roman demigods return in a five-book adventure quest with a fresh twist: they’re helping Apollo regain his immortal status.||Book One in the #1 New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series gets the graphic novel treatment from three big names in the comic book industry.|
"Readers longing for a return to Camp Half-Blood will get their wish.... ...the action scenes come frequently as the three heroic teens fight monstrous enemies in North American locales..... Flashes of humor lighten the mood at times, but a tone of urgency and imminent danger seems as integral to this series as the last. With appealing new characters within a familiar framework, this spin-off will satisfy the demand for more."―<EM>Booklist</EM>
PRAISE FOR THE MARK OF ATHENA
"With a true storyteller’s sense of pacing, Riordan creates another compelling adventure, right down to the cliff-hanger at the end. Stay tuned for volume four."―<EM>Booklist</EM>
PRAISE FOR THE SON OF NEPTUNE
"Should pacing and wit continue unabated into the third volume, whose foretold European setting promises further freshness, fans will eagerly await numbers four and five."―<EM>Kirkus</EM>
PRAISE FOR THE SON OF NEPTUNE
"Fans will find plenty to cheer about as Percy and his allies move slowly toward fulfilling the mysterious Prophecy of Seven."―<EM>Booklist</EM> --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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- Publisher : Disney Hyperion (October 7, 2014)
- Publication date : October 7, 2014
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- Print length : 545 pages
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Rick Riordan likes to mess with his fans, by leaving misleading clues around social media and tweeting things that makes us go insane waiting for the book. You will never, ever, ever in a million years be able to predict what Mr. Riordan has in store for us. For example, if someone said they predicted Percy and Annabeth falling into Tartarus in The Mark Of Athena I can say that you are a big liar. I'm also sure no one predicted Bob the Titan would come back from the original Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Anyway, I had no idea what Mr. Riordan would throw at us and I personally did not want to guess.
When I first got the book in the mail I was super excited, rushing upstairs immediately to read it. I was flipping through the book when I realized that the only characters that had POV's were Reyna, Nico, Jason, Piper and Leo. I was not very happy, Throughout the whole series I've hated Reyna for acting too strongly as Praetor and almost getting Annabeth killed in The Mark Of Athena. Nico, I do like better but honestly I would have been more happy with a Percy or Annabeth chapter. Jason and Piper, are the lowest of the low for most of the series, they do nothing really except in the first book, but Piper changes a lot in this one. The only POV I was really happy about was Leo's he is one of my all time favorite character's from any book ever.
So the book begins with Jason's POV (grumbles.) Apparently, Hazel disguised Jason, Piper and Annabeth using the mist. Jason typically complains about his new form as an old man, claiming he was useless in battle. So we have about thirty-forty pages of them introducing the story and Jason walking into an area with a ton of ghosts who want to kill him. Now he is finally happy about Hazel's trickery with The Mist. Anyway, eventually his form comes back and they have this battle until a ghost of his mother comes out, who abandons him as a child. She asks Jason to stay with her and help the ghosts but he quickly says no, even though so much conflict was rolling through him at the moment. when they were about to leave Jason gets stabbed by someone with Imperial Gold who says "Born a Roman, die a Roman." Imperial Gold is very deadly to demigods and it's really unlikely he would survive, but Piper and Annabeth get him back on the ship and now Jason just has to fight for his life.
The POV switches to Reyna, throughout this book I have so much more appreciation for Reyna, she is now a desirable and strong character. She abandoned Rome to stop a war between the Greeks and Romans. Now Octavian, a ruthless, dictator-like praetor rules, obsessed with killing all the Greek demigods, for what purpose I do not know. So she has to deliver The Athena Parthenos, I giant statue Annabeth got in The Mark Of Athena. Nico, who I need to give a lot more credit to, and Coach Hedge, a funny, kung-fu obsessed Satyr have to get the statue to Camp Half Blood to stop the war. Nico is doing the most work, he has to shadow travel and transport all of his friends and a giant statue halfway across the world a bit at a time. But every time he uses underworld magic, since it's so exhausting he deteriorates a little. At one point he become see through so that he can walk through objects but he still accepts what he has to do. Nico probably works the hardest through this entire book for more than just that reason.
Leo, is busy on the Argo II fixing up stuff and trying to figure out how to get back to Calypso. He had to leave her in the last book when he was stranded on her island, his goal is to become the first person ever to return.
Throughout this book Nico, Reyna, and Coach Hedge run across Orion, who tries to kill Reyna, her sister Hylla who is Queen of the Amazons and who she runs into, and Artemis's hunters. As they transport the statue he is always a major threat and towards the end of the story Reyna finally kills Orion after the Athena Parthenos and her mother, The Roman Goddess of war Bellona grants her powers. Afterwards Nico, Reyna and Hedge arrive at Camp Half Blood and defend themselves, while trying to get the statue in place in time. While this is happening even more is going on with Jason, Piper, Leo, Hazel, Frank, Annabeth and Percy.
Before the climax the seven of them got into a fair amount of battles. One of which happened with Percy's sister and a giant. They won because when Jason promised Percy's sister who is a goddess more honor they all teamed up on the giant and defeated him. After that Jason's wound inflicted by Imperial Gold magically healed even though he had been on a death bed before.
I'm going to skip over the numerous battles, in which Leo formed a dangerous plan, they got a formula that could raise someone from the dead, and victories and go to the climax because it was super important and this review is way too long. So at first Piper, Annabeth and Percy are the only ones fighting the giants and trying to prevent Gaea from rising. Gaea would only rise if the blood of a female and male demigod would soak into the earth, which is currently under their feet. Piper had watched hopeless and Percy and Annabeth were being attacked. Piper was very underestimated being the daughter of Aphrodite but that's a huge mistake. Piper stalled the giants for a while, trying to keep Percy and Annabeth alive until she chopped off the hand of one of them and they dropped Annabeth. Annabeth was already injured so she couldn't help a few drops of her blood soaking into the earth beneath her. Percy was freed soon after, but he wasn't as hurt so no blood soaked into the earth.
The three of them battled and tried to hold their ground for a while until Jason, Leo, Frank, and Hazel came down from the Argo II and fought with them. To kill a giant you need the help of a god so at the moment they were just trying to defend themselves. Percy was very careful not to let a drop of his blood hit the soil beneath him but during a battle it was practically impossible. He didn't notice a drop of blood rol of his chin and hit the soil beneath him, that was when Gaea woke, she could kill everyone, she had control of the entire world's ground.
Nico, Will (a child of Apollo), and Reyna were battling the Romans when Gaea rose and the ground shifted and a voice echoed through the air. That was undoubtedly Gaea threatening them all. Despite the fact that the statue had been placed Octavion still wanted to kill them all.
With the seven half bloods the battle was slowly dwindling. They couldn't hold off that many giants, then the gods came down to help them kill the giants. It took a little while got eventually they killed each one of the giants and they knew they had to get to Camp Half Blood, because Gaea was still awake.
Upon arrival Leo stayed in the ship with the formula to bring someone back to life, he knew his plan was the only alternative. The rest of them fought, the Romans were no longer fighting the Greeks and the Greeks were no longer fighting the Romans, they both teamed up on the monsters that were coming in.
That was when Gaea got full strength, she morphed into the figure of a person made from earth and grass, Leo's crazy, original plan finally went in action.
"FOOOOMP! In a flash of bronze, Gaea was swept of the hillside, snarled in the claws of the fifty ton metal dragon."
Leo had fixed Festus, his metal dragon and now the ground solidified for the time being. Jason who could fly took Piper up and they tried to defeat Gaea. The three of them tried to put Gaea back to sleep but in the end it was Piper, who went through so much extensive character development who did it. She used her charmspeak to put Gaea back to sleep, but they were still far from done.
Here's when the sad stuff starts. Leo ordered Jason and Piper back to the ground, they hesitantly obliged, then Leo put the final part of his plan into action. He blew up Festus, he died and Gaea was put to rest.
Leo died, the jokester, the trickster, one of my favorite character's ever, died to save everyone. Leo who had built the Argo II to bring everyone along the quest to safety died, at the time I realized he would never be able to find Calypso.
Back on the ground, I wasn't really paying attention, I was too distraught, but I believe Nico allowed Octavion to kill himself, which I am frankly happy about and then the war was over.
A few days later everyone was still grieving. Leo was gone, no one could believe it. Hazel and Frank returned to Camp Jupiter with Reyna and Nico, son of Hades, who never had friends, who never thought he belonged anywhere, wandered aimlessly. Until Will, who Nico was sure he was avoiding, asked him why he wouldn't visit a friend. Nico was stunned that someone regarded him as a friend and he was so pleased that instead of wandering around aimlessly, pushing people away, and not belonging anywhere, he decided to stay.
Percy and Annabeth were going to spend senior year together and then go to college in New Rome. Piper and Jason were fine at Camp Half Blood, but still mourning Leo, who had been their friend before they had found out they were demigods. Coach Hedge and his wife Mellie had a baby named Chuck who was just as crazy as the Coach.
Just as I was finishing the book, I was shocked to find the last chapter in the POV of Leo. Leo was funny and witty as usual and apparently he had escaped death using the formula, (yay, but it wasn't a great ending nonetheless.) Festus and Leo descended upon Calypso's island where he would stay forever. He had yelled in glee over coming back to life, but his friends would never know he was alive, he would never see them again. He arrived at Calypso's island, and the series ended with Leo and Calypso riding off, on Festus the metal dragon's back.
(I still can't believe that 10 book series is over, I'm really sad.)
But there is an easter egg we will learn more about in 2015. Annabeth mentioned having a uncle and cousin and her last name is chase. At the end of the story, is said:
Coming Fall 2015
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard,
THE SWORD OF SUMMER
(I'm really sad that this series is over, especially with the melodramatic, somewhat melancholy ending, my heart hurts but may be this next series will have more answers, may be Leo will return. I doubt it but I'm going to hope anyway.)
I have enjoyed my entire experience in the world of Percy Jackson and friends for ten books now. I’ve grown to love this world and all the characters in it Demigods, Gods and Monsters alike. It is so hard to say goodbye to a series that I have loved this much which is why I won’t….I’m just going to say see you later, RR seems to have left a little room to revisit this world down the road if he wants *crosses fingers*. Even if do doesn’t revisit this world of the characters these books are some that I think I will re-read and enjoy multiple times over the years to come.
Blood of Olympus is told from the PoVs of Jason, Piper, Leo, Nico and Reyna. I am a little disappointed that we don’t get any Percy or Annabeth PoVs, Percabeth is my favorite, but they are still involved in much of the story just in different ways and they did get a lot of page time in the last two books so I will try to be understanding of RRs vision for his story.
The Argo II cast and crew:
The first Story line in this book is the crew on the Argo II who need to get to Athens, defeat the Giants and stop Gaea from rising.
Leo started to grin. He couldn’t help it. Sure, they only had ten days to stop the giants from waking Gaea. Sure, he could die before dinnertime. But he loved being told that something was impossible. It was like someone handing him a lemon meringue pie and telling him not to throw it. He just couldn’t resist the challenge.
Leo - How can you not love a kid that might spontaneously combust at any moment. Leo is really the hero of this tale. We all know the Prophecy states To storm or fire the world must fall so this has to be Jason and Leo’s book. He is the odd man out couple wise at least on the Argo II that is, but he is a man with a plan and how could anything Leo does possibly go wrong…Wait I read the other books it has to go wrong usually in an exploding kind of way.
Leo and Percy are always the comic relief of the story, they actually carry most of the book for me. They have this humor that carries the book and that didn’t change just because Leo fell in love.
-- “Sit tight, Sunshine,” he told Calypso’s picture. “I’ll get back to you, just like I promised.”
Leo could imagine her response: I am not waiting for you, Leo Valdez. I am not in love with you. And I certainly don’t believe your foolish promises! The thought made him smile.
Does he make it back to Calypso? My lips are sealed and you will need to finish the book to find out. An oath to keep with a final breath
Jason and Piper - Jason and Piper have come a long way since The Lost Hero, they aren’t my favorite characters but they played a good part in the story. Piper has found her voice and can Charmspeak like a pro and talk monsters into almost anything, plus Hazel has taught her how to fight so she is finally a real threat.
Jason was lost after living with the Greeks and didn’t feel really Roman anymore. He didn’t necessarily feel Greek either though. I liked the direction that this story took with his character and his plans for the future. He has a purpose and he won’t have to limit himself to one camp or the other for it. RR wraps up their story pretty completely at the end of this.
Frank and Hazel - They have sorta had their story already as well so they are on the back burner too for a lot of the story. They go on a few of the side quests and they have their plan for the future as well but for the most part they take a backseat to the other characters in the story. I do like that both Frank and Hazel have grown into their powers and relationship and are much more comfortable with both.
Percy and Annabeth Like I said not a lot of Percabeth, they really had a lot of their moments already in Mark of Athena and House of Hades. I missed seeing things from their point of view though.
-- “Gahh!” The ghoul arched his spine. “Foolish girl! Who let you back from Tartarus?”
“A Titan, my lord.” Annabeth dipped her head apologetically.
I have loved these two for so many books that I had a hard time with them more in the background. They still had a few moments to shine and at the end RR gives us what their plans are for at least the next five years but….I can’t help but think we might get a little cameo action in RR’s future series.
Percy was supposed to have a fatal flaw and it was mentioned a few times but I think when his choice came it was really glossed over, so it seemed pretty minor overall. It wasn’t the big conflict I thought it was going to be at all. I will miss Percy and Annabeth most of all.
Bearers of the Athena Parthenos:
The second story line is Nico, Reyna and Coach Hedge traveling with the Athena Parthenos back to Camp Half Blood in order to try and unite the Greek and Roman Camps. Both groups have next to impossible tasks and have quite a few mini-adventures along the way. Both tasks seem practically impossible at times along the way.
Nico I love this kid. He feels like a lot of kids his age. He doesn’t think he fits in and since he is literally the son of Death he has always felt more comfortable alone or with dead people than with the living.
RR got some flack for making one of his characters gay in the last book but I think he handled this really well and I liked what it brought to Nico’s character.
Most of Nico’s trails have been alone. He went through Hades all by himself and he was stuck in that jar alone as well. Traveling with Reyna and Coach Hedge he is able to come to terms with who he is and start to accept all of his scary traits. I really like the friendship that starts to form between Nico and Reyna. She is much like the big sister he lost.
- You’re not the only one who lets out the darkness once in a while. I told you what happened with my dad, and you supported me. You shared your painful experiences; how can we not support you? We’re friends.”
Nico wasn’t sure what to say. They’d seen his deepest secrets. They knew who he was, what he was. But they didn’t seem to care.
No...they cared more.
I wanted a HEA for Nico maybe most of all since he is the most broken out of everyone in the group. I really did like what RR did with Nico’s character at the end of this story. I like that he has literally come out of the shadows to be with the living and has found some people who care for him and are not scared of his Underworld-y stuff.
Reyna - As another strong female character I like Reyna. She has a past all her own and her own ghosts to fight, so who better to travel with than Nico. This is the first chance we get to be in her head and understand what she risked to come and help with the mission. I didn’t really like Reyna in the past books but she grew on me in this one.
The Overall Story -
The overlying plot arc of the entire series is the Rise of Gaea. It has been a long, monster filled road to get here but at last our heroes have arrived. The journey was a little more interesting for me than the actual final fight. I say this because once everything started happening it began and was over quickly. The Gods who had been suffering schizophrenic episodes were able to pull it together to fight the Giants with their children. The final battle with Gaea was a bit of a letdown after a five book build up, however I enjoyed the entire journey to get there, that in itself was extremely epic.
I don’t think this was RRs best story I liked a few of the others in the series better, but it was still very well thought out, thoroughly entertaining, nail biting at times and full of great moments. I was extremely worried that all my favorite characters would not make it out alive and there were plenty of close calls.
The ending let a lot of happy fuzzy feelings for almost everyone. I would have liked a little bigger epilogue since I spent so much time with these characters or at least one chapter in Percy’s voice to close it all out. I do think that there is plenty of room if RR wanted to revisit this series later for a few novellas, short stories or dare I say another series.
RR is by far my favorite writer of Middle Grade/YA fantasy and I can’t wait to start his new Norse God series next year. I wonder if Thor will make and appearance. Also, I hear rumor that a relative of Annabeth is involved so I hope to get a glimpse of Percabeth in their HEA the future.
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So let’s start with darling Nico. I just loved his storyline these last couple of books - accepting himself in more than one way and being badass along the way.
My girls! Annabeth, piper, hazel and Reyna. Even Thalia and Hylla. So awesome and badass and sometimes destructive. My favourite haha. Piper’s journey especially takes her so far, and I love her and annabeth’s friendship by the end.
Not enough Percy in this book, but I may actually be okay with that cause it still rocked. And Frank and Leo (💙💙💙) made up for it. I want a Leo in my life.
War is coming. Octavian is leading both camps to their doom by declaring war on the Greeks. With no Reyna to stop him, he has given himself the title Pontifex Maximus ( High Priest ) and has also invited some nasty friends to join in the party killing Greeks...
Reyna, Nico and Coach Hedge must hurry with the Athena Parthenos to stop this massacre. But shadow-traveling across the world isn't easy and if Nico isn't careful he might become a shadow himself. Reyna has to confront her past and Nico his. Perhaps the answer to their troubles lie in each other.
Meanwhile the crew of the Argo 2 are battling halfway across the world to reach Athens and get back to Camp in time to defeat Gaia before the Feast of Spes. No pressure though...
This book has everything you would want from a great book: action, suspense, danger, mythology, believable characters that you genuinely cared about and of course a sprinkle of romance. I have absolutely LOVED this series and had high expectations with this book. I wasn't let down. I finished this book thinking WOW. What an awesome book! I was sad that it was the last book but looking forward to his new series.
The best thing was that everything was tied together at the end. Nico finally gets what he deserved all along, Reyna too performs impossible feats. You get to learn about Reyna's past and how she finally leaves it behind. I had to resist the urge to clap my hands at this duo's courage. They're some tough cookies! And of course my favourite character Percy too did some pretty amazing things. I do think that Rick Riordan could have had Percy and Annabeth more involved. Annabeth had her part in the cave with Piper but Percy? Other than wake up the Earth Mother, nothing much! Even though that bit was really funny!!! The ending was bittersweet. I felt sorry for Leo but was happy he got what he wanted most in the end. Phenomenal book!!!!!!
Both groups face danger, each event worse than the one before. We find more old friends and enemies appearing, together with new ones, before the seven of the prophecy are joined by the Gods to face Gaia. There is one final mystery as Leo disappears as the rest head back to stop the Greek/ Roman battle breaking out. With tricks and Octavian gets his just deserts, it was a book that I HAD to finish before .putting it down.
Truly an Epic set of stories from the First to the Last!!!
From Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson Books 1-5 plus two more extra books on the Greek Gods and Demigods) and continuing all the way through (Heroes of Olympus Books 1-5).
To end with The Blood of Olympus. An Epic story all the way through, a great coming of age story in beautiful and rich environments full of danger and mystery. A thoroughly cracking read. I loved it so much, I read it twice through. Wonderful.