Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: October 7th 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.
I’ve put off reading The Blood of Olympus for a long time because I wasn’t ready to see how it all ends. But after some time I decided to suck it up and face the music. And for a long time I’ve also put off writing this review because I needed to sort out my feelings. But now I’m ready.
If you haven’t noticed by now, I am a huge fan of Rick Riordan. I will read anything and everything he writes (and I’ve heard he’s writing a new book due this year!). The Heroes of Olympus series is really dear to my heart. I couldn’t bear to see it end but I had to, for the sake of closure—I just had to find out what happened next.
It was hardest to say goodbye to Leo—he’s my favorite character of all. But of course it was hard to say goodbye to all of them. This might be bias coming from me but Riordan never disappoints. The final battle against the forces of Gaea was just so fantastic and vividly described I felt like I was fighting with them with every word I read.
The ending, I think, was bittersweet—especially for Leo. I just have a soft spot for this guy, okay? But was it the right ending? Yes, it was. Percy and his band of demigods has been a huge part of my teenage life (I started reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians when I was twelve or thirteen) and he’s gone a long way from there, and he met quite a lot of friends—and not just Greeks but Romans too.