Sooooo…hai guys. Yeah this book has finally been released. I couldn’t believe I managed to get ahold of a copy so quickly especially being in England and it being a brand new release and a hardback. So I walked into WHSmith with the idea that I was going to leave with this book in my hand no matter how much it cost and if it meant me eating smaller portions of food for a week, I would get through it just to have this book in my hands. I saw this last copy on the shelf and as expected, it cost around 15 pounds and my heart dropped and I had a little argument to myself as to whether it was worth it or not. I convinced myself I had to have it and then went to the self-checkout where the most amazing thing ever happened to me. I put the book through the scanner and the price came on the screen as only 8 pounds! It was already half the amount it said on the book and who the heck was I to complain?? So I got the book for much less then I thought AND I managed to read it in time to not be spoiled by other booklovers that I follow and in time to write a review on it ^^
I don’t see the point in putting a summary of this book on here since it is the last book of a series and if you haven’t read any of these books WHY ARE YOU READING THIS REVIEW?? ARE YOU CRAZY?? GRAB AHOLD OF THEM NOW! But since it’s what I do I’ll put it in anyways ^^
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.
If you don’t wish to be spoiled then don’t read further cause I’m going to review the ass off of this book and you don’t want to ruin the experience of reading it for yourself ^^
I’m actually quite nervous to write this review because I’m not sure a lot of people will agree with me on a few of my opinions. It’s especially hard with this book being the last one as it’s difficult for people to feel annoyed with the way some story lines go as Rick Riordan is attempting to “tie all the loose strings”. My problem? I felt like there were even more loose strings created and more alternate endings that could have happened. I also felt like we heard from the point of views of Jason and Piper way too much and it wasn’t as balanced as I would have liked it to be. Hazel and Frank were barely shown in this book as was Percy and I know Riordan probably wanted to put the spotlight on other characters but at the same time the characters of Jason and Piper aren’t particularly interesting for me and are *don’t kill me* a little bit bland.
The only plus side to this was Leo and Nico’s time to shine in the story. Nico got the affection and attention he deserved and watching his character develop to the person he was in this story has been so beautiful and YES I DO SHIP HIM WITH WILL. THAT SCENE WAS ADORABLE OKAY! I also loved the moment where he opened up to Percy and told him how he felt and Percy just stood there stunned and like honestly he was probably thinking in his head “WAIT WHY AM I NOT YOUR TYPE ANYMORE??”.
Now the reason I didn’t like this book as much as the other ones. First off there was this excitement and hype built around this story as it was discovered that one of the characters were going to die. From the beginning, at least to me, it was obvious who it was going to be. Everyone had predicted Nico but I knew Leo was going to be the one to “die”. Why would I be so annoyed when it turns out he was alive you ask? It was such a cliche turn of events. Don’t get me wrong Leo and Nico are my two most favorite characters in this book series and yet as soon as Leo decided to sacrifice himself at the end I knew he hadn’t really died and he was going to find Calypso and be happy and everything would be fine.
So the whole momentum to the ending was lost especially as the epic battles in the book weren’t even focused on to a great extent and the characters were too busy running around like headless chickens that the rise of Gaia and the whole buildup to this character’s rise to power that we’ve been waiting for for 5 books was squashed after just a couple of pages and was suddenly over so quickly. I mean Octavian had more of a spotlight in this book then Gaia which was surprising for me since he wasn’t the major ‘villain’ for me.
Jason’s injury wasn’t well thought-out either because I felt like Riordan almost forgot about it halfway through and it gradually just, fixed itself eventually and then that obstacle was pushed to the side. Almost like the scene with Jason’s mother. I couldn’t feel any raw emotion in that scene at all and then it was just pushed to the side. Piper was just, there as always. Frank and Hazel were adorable as always and I wished they had more page time because I missed reading from their POV.
Reyna and Nico’s relationship with Coach Hedge as well as with each other was so adorable. It was like a new trio of Percy, Annabeth and Grover. I liked learning about Reyna’s background and her relationship with Hylla and the truth of her father’s death. The scene with Nico and the ghosts was so touching and I found myself moved by the amount of grief she’s kept hidden under her mask of strength. The scene between her and Rachel at the end was also especially sweet as she tells her of what she was told before about the fact she will never be loved by a demi-god and I just found that scene so human. It’s what we’re always scared of, never being loved by someone. I saw a lot of theories about a possible Rachel and Reyna storyline as Rachel isn’t a demi-god but ehh that’s stretching what we’re being given a bit too far :p
In general my main problem with this book is that it was a bit bland. I felt like the battles weren’t as dramatic as they should have been, the appearance of the gods was a bit rushed and I felt like in general the storyline was a bit rushed, possibly due to Riordan wanting it to be finished in time? The ending was very “and they all lived happily ever after” as well which made me a bit disappointed as we didn’t get the chance to experience some of the consequences of war like we did in Percy Jackson with Luke and the many other character’s deaths.
Obviously there were hilarious moments where I laughed and sad moments where I teared up and I found a quite big chunk of this book enjoyable but I just felt like in general it was a bit rushed and it really disappointed me. Being such a great series with so many wonderful characters, it’s just a shame to see so much of it being pushed to the side and not as developed as it could have potentially been.
Plot: 6 points
Language/Style: 8 points
Originality: 7 points
Characters: 7 points
Overall giving this book 28 points out of 40 which isn’t that bad of a marking. It’s sort of like a C+, average-rated book. I’d love to read other people’s opinions of this book and feel free to disagree with what I said (not to the point of getting angry remember everyone’s entitled to their own opinion:p) so comment down below if you want on your own opinion of the book:)
I love the Percy Jackson series and overall the Heroes of Olympus series was beautifully done as a spinoff series and as a whole it is definitely a series I would recommend to anyone of any age because you can seriously get so addicted to them ^^
Favorite part: “Correct.” Kekrops sounded bitter, like he regretted his decision. “My people were the original Athenians–the gemini.”
“Like your zodiac sign?” Percy asked. “I’m a Leo.”
“No, stupid,” Leo said. “I’m a Leo. You’re a Percy.”