Review: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus #5) by Rick Riordan

Book Haul #3 - Blood of Olympus

Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Disney Hyperion Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought Rating:  (5/5 Stars) Synopsis: 

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.

— Lots of spoilers bellow. Just don’t read this if you haven’t finished the book yet —

Frankly, that was an unacceptable ending. I mean, I knew Riordan wouldn’t write an epilogue or anything, but really? Would it have killed him to write one more chapter??

Don’t answer that.

Anyways, I’m going to talk about the rest of the book now… because it was great. Not fantastic. Not nearly as epic as the first series. But still pretty darn great.

I really felt like this was Nico’s book. I was really drawn to his point of view and I found myself more focused on his story in the book. I just… Nico. He’s great and so sad and… He got a lot of growth in this book. I liked that. Also, Nico and Will Solace is totally something I’m liking.

There were definitely a lot of great moments between most of the characters in this book, but I especially liked the Annabeth/Piper and Percy/Jason friendship moments.

In all honesty, I felt like the final battles were kind of anticlimactic? Maybe that’s why I made it through Leo’s ‘death’ with dry eyes. (Leo is my favorite character after, well, Percy who I absolutely love) It happened so fast, and then it was just there. I don’t know.

All in all- good series, alright ending, but Percy Jackson and the Olympians was a lot better.