Series: The Heroes of Olympus #4
Published by Hyperion on October 8th 2013
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At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?
They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.
Short & Sweet: After the horrible cliffhanger of the last book, The House of Hades quickly made it to the top of my reading list once it was released. I don't want to reveal too much, but this book finds Percy and Annabeth in Hades, facing trials so dangerous that I was biting my nails throughout this book. Also, I felt like Nico's character was hashed out more in this book and finally his brooding attitude explained. Leo is a favorite of mine and I loved seeing him finally get a lot more plot time and even a romantic interest. He's definitely hero material, but not the most dashing of them all. I really am dying for the next and final book. I honestly don't know what Riordan will be working on after this series is wrapped up, but hope he has something in mind.
Final Verdict: The House of Hades is a fantastic new edition to the epic series that will have kids craving more books about mythology and epic quests.