It’s dire circumstances for all in this fourth novel of the Heroes of Olympus series. Percy and Annabeth have fallen into Tartarus and must make their way deeper through Tartarus past the hordes of monsters and former enemies to find the Doors of Death. Meanwhile, the Argo II manned by Leo, Hazel, Frank, Jason, Piper, Nico and Coach Hedge is headed to Epirus to find the House of Hades and close the Doors of Death on their side. Back at home, the Romans are getting closer to attacking Camp Half-Blood, and Gaea’s influence is reaching even further as she works to coerce nymphs, dryads, satyrs, and many others who would normally be on the side of Olympus. The gods themselves are still caught in an inner turmoil with their Greek and Roman sides warring against each other. It’s up to the demigods to work by themselves to close the Doors.
When Percy and Annabeth fall into Tartarus, they are both quickly injured and must find help. It arrives in the form of Bob, the memory-wiped Titan, and his trusty broom. But Percy and Annabeth need to earn Bob’s friendship if he’s to escort them to find allies in Tartarus. These allies have their own powers and desires to be wary of, and it’s up to Percy and Annabeth to convince them to help. Escaping from the Pit of Darkness is the hardest thing they’ve ever done…
As for the crew of the Argo II, they keep being blocked by the mountain giants of Italy to read Epirus until Hazel finds a patron goddess, Hecate, to help them. Hecate shows Hazel their future choices, and if she wants to succeed at everything, including delivering the Athena Parthenos to Camp Half-Blood to stop their war, she must learn how to manipulate the Mist. When they’ve passed the mountain range, a set of tiny men rob the ship causing Leo and Jason to chase after them. Their finds cause them to head for Venice where Frank must earn to embrace the warrior aspect of his father to save Hazel and Nico from being poisoned. They encounter a pirate and an enemy goddess and her cronies; one discovers love; one hides love; and they all add their valuable talents and strengths to work together to find and destroy the Doors of Death while saving their friends.
But not without sacrifices because the worst is yet to come…
The Blood of Olympus coming October 2014.
“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.” – Amazon.com
I absolutely love this series; it’s so addicting! Can’t wait to read the finale. You just can’t help loving all the characters and desperately hoping they succeed. One of the controversial elements (SPOILER) presented in this book is that of Nico’s true feelings. In the past it had been shown that he hated Percy because of his sister Bianca’s death. Also, they had thought he disliked Percy because he had a big crush on Annabeth. In this book, we discover that Nico, in fact, loves Percy though no one knows. He is scared and angry for anyone to find out. So he comes into conflict with himself because he’s still angry at Percy, yet would do anything to protect him even sacrifice himself. It’s terribly beautiful how much he loves his friend, and when Jason finds out his secret, it’s a whole new idea for Nico to actually trust his friends with the information. Can’t wait to read where this goes in the final installment of the Heroes of Olympus.