‘House of Hades’ another great offering from Rick Riordan

“The House of Hades,” by Rick Riordan. Copyright 2013, Disney-Hyperion Books. $19.99, 608 pages.

Reviewed by Emma Gadbery
Times-News correspondent

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   Author Rick Riordan has created another great book in The Heroes of Olympus series, the follow-up series for Percy Jackson and the Olympians. In the fourth book, “The House of Hades,” Riordan has perfectly woven myth and reality together in a fast-paced, interesting story that will definitely satisfy his readers, as well as all new to the world of Percy Jackson. Riordan has successfully meshed the old with the new, creating a fresh environment for popular series.
   The story centers on Percy and his adventures navigating the perilous world of being a modern-day demigod (half-Greek god, half-human). Riordan brings back Percy, his friends, and other old characters, as well as new characters and a new enemy. Percy Jackson and six other demigods are all a part of the big camp prophecy mentioned in the first series, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” to save the world from ancient monsters that are still among them. Each chapter is told in the point of view of one of the seven demigods, making all the different things happening in the lives of our heroes apparent in the plot.
This book picks up where last year’s “The Mark of Athena” left readers hanging. The character development was pronounced, as all the characters went through astounding challenges and hardships, as individuals and as a whole. Each person has different talents and roles to play in the storyline, and the characters used all of their talents to get their tasks done. All the main characters are likeable and easy to relate to, and everyone who reads this book will have a few favorites.
Another good thing about “The House of Hades” is that Riordan wrote it fairly cleanly. There was no inappropriate language, actions and no really gross blood-and-guts-type stuff.  “The House of Hades” was exciting, interesting and had a sound storyline that fit in perfectly with the old Greek myths Riordan chose for this book. The content was refreshingly clean, and Riordan’s writing style is easy to read.
So if you have an empty slot in your “what to read next” list, definitely make room for Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus series.

 Emma Gadbery is a home-schooled sophomore
and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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