Friday, July 1, 2016

**Sky Reviews ~ The Blood of Olympus ~ Rick Riordan**

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Release date: 2014
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy/Mythology
Source: Bought at B&N
Rating: 5 Bookworms


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.

***Sky's Review***
This book was a sharp contrast to the last one I read (House of Leaves). The Blood of Olympus is the final book in The Heroes of Olympus series.

Rick Riordan’s books are always so much fun! Even as the demigods race to save the world they have time to be snarky and light-hearted. I love the way that Riordan develops his characters -- each has a distinct personality and their own set of trials, but in the end each character is important and all of their independent challenges merge into one. I was only a little upset by Leo’s story; he had remained the single character untouched by romance, and I love that, but unfortunately Riordan decided to give him a love interest. They’re cute together, but I was still sad.

The amount of research and care that goes into these books is amazing. They end up being a good lesson on mythology because Riordan manages to throw so many mythological figures into his books. It’s actually helped me out in English class.

Overall, I loved this conclusion to the series. Riordan did a fantastic job in wrapping everything up, and I can’t wait to read his new series, featuring Annabeth’s cousin in the world of Norse mythology.

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