The House of Hades

// November 11th, 2013 // Book Reviews

Title: The House of Hades

Author: Rick Riordan


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 from 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.

My Book Review:

I was so excited for the House of Hades to come out. I read all the other books in the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series, and I enjoyed every single one of them. To celebrate the book release, Rick Riordan had a book talk in Manhattan, and my parents surprised me by taking me there. Here are some pictures of the event.


My brother and I at the book talk, waiting for Rick Riordan to take the stage.

Rick Riordan on stage


During the AWESOME surprise, Rick talked about his past, and then talked about the books that he has written. Then he answered some questions. At the book talk, there were some hardcore fans (not limited to kids) who were done with the book, even though it had come out two days ago. I was only three chapters into the book! But it was still cool. Thanks, mom and dad!

The book was amazing and unforgettable. This action-filled book was told from many points of view. What was interesting was that each character’s personalities are different, so you get to see the world inside of their heads. Since their personalities are different, the dialogue is different also. Even when a character is narrating what happened, there is a different feel.

Here are some things that make the book amazing: cows with poisonous breath, a metal dragon (it breaths fire), a giant immortal janitor, and so many more AWESOME things! My favorite character was Leo. He is the son of Hephaestus, the god of blacksmithing and fire. In my opinion, he’s the funniest character of them all. Everything he says somehow has a little bit of humor entangled in it.

I rate this book 10 out of 10 stars. This book is the fourth in the series, so I recommend you read the ones before it before you read The House of Hades. It is part of the Heroes of Olympus series, a series which includes some of the same characters from another of Rick Riordan’s series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. There were no flaws in the writing of this book, and it was VERY enjoyable. Then my experience went up a level when my parents took me to see one of the masters of writing, Rick Riordan. Thanks again, mom and dad.

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