Part 4 Olympus Modern Mythology in The House of Hades

Did you know at the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld? In this The House of Hades by Rick Riordan, 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 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.  

Review:
This book has lots of great features like making the characters talk like real teenagers would talk.. The elements that made the previous installments so great are ever-present in The House of Hades. You still have the humor, the action, and the emotional journeys of the characters. And most of all, you still have Percy being Percy. Except this is a more mature, more tested, more grown up Percy. He's still hilarious, still the character who says things he shouldn't. But he's also the guy who is totally in love with Annabeth, and their relationship is what's really at the heart of this book. Yes, they're trying to figure out how to keep Gaea from waking, and they're going to have to reunite the Greek and Roman camps. But what the previous two books have taught us is that their feelings for each other - their inability to live without the other - have created what is probably the best "One True Pair" of all time. No one will ever be able to compare to Percy and Annabeth, and that's saying something when you consider that they're not even seventeen yet.

When you download or buy The House of Hades kindle ebook so much happened in this book that will blew your mind. So many different factors were taking play and the demigods where on their journey to stop Gaea from waking. In this installment, all seven demigods who are part of the prophecy are finally united and are setting out on their quest to stop Gaea. It was so interesting to see some of our favorite characters working together in the same setting. In this The House of Hades by Rick Riordan, 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.

The Heroes of Olympus series has grown in depth and complexity, and Rick Riordan has handled it like a pro. There are many characters to juggle, but everyone has an important role and all their actions and storylines fit together seamlessly. 

Riordan's Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus books give us that old-time religion. Percy and his friends are demi-gods-children with one mortal and one divine parent. Since the Greek/Roman gods procreate prolifically, but aren't big on parenting, their children start off with abandonment issues. Add to this that the monsters of mythology don't stay dead-they "respawn" after a few years or centuries-and there's nothing they like more than tasty young demi-gods, and survival becomes a real issue for the god's neglected offspring. The answer is for demi-gods, when they reach a certain age, to go gather in Camp Half-Blood to be trained as heroes (by Charon, centaur-trainer of greats like Jason and Hercules, no less).

We of the modern world would notice all these demi-humans and monsters running around killing each other, if it wasn't for the Mist-a divinely imposed mass hallucination that makes us forget, dismiss, or explain anything "out of the ordinary." No need for Men in Black to come flashy-thing us and tell us it was the light of Venus reflecting off of swamp gas or whatever. So we don't see the "terrorist attacks" and natural disasters around us for what they are-the fallout of hero-monster battles and harbingers of the End of The World.

Because the world is, in fact, doomed but for the victories and sacrifices of our main characters, Percy (son of Neptune), Annabeth (daughter of Athena), and so on. And wonderful-and terrifying, and sometimes heartbreaking-adventures they are too. And here is where Riordan shines; he takes the old myths of the Greek gods, demi-gods, and monsters, and updates them for a modern story, but he doesn't pretty them up in any way.