AudioBook, 14 partsNarrated by: Nick ChamianRelease Date: October 8, 2013Published by: Disney HyperionHeroes of Olympus, #4Source: Library via OverDriveFor fans of: Adventure, Action, Romance, Mythology (Roman/Greek), Fantasy, Sparkly Covers, YA
At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. 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.
Although I did like this one, it wasn't as great as the others in this series. And since I got the audio version, I missed out on the acknowledgements page :( Looks like I'll be buying the hardcovers. *shrugs*
What I loved most about this book was the way there was SO MANY FEELS! Like SO SO MANY. I'll just say this. My PercAbeth ship is indeed in Tartarus. I'll just leave it at that. Not because they were actually there, but because I know that them being together means someone else is unhappy. And it came out of NOWHERE. And then Leo's new ship was sweet and depressing as well. Riordan, why don't you want ANY of your demigods to be happy?! The only ship that's really intact is Coach Hedge's, but that's all I'll say about that one. It's kinda cute though you guys!
Other than the ships, I really loved the character development in this novel. There is so much we learn about everybody and it's really astounding to me that we are just now finding this all out in the second to last book in the series. Bur, all of these things that were just given to us makes me a little nervous on what i should expect from Blood of Olympus. I'm not sure where things are going to go from here, but I am sure that I'm going to read it!
I also liked the new addition of gods and goddesses in this one. I've been trying to figure out why Cupid hasn't been seen since I started this series and he FINALLY made an appearance. These new gods and goddesses really gave the demigods a run for their money. They led them into so many traps and really had them scared. (I admit I was a little scared as well. Especially for Annabeth and Percy. Them down in the underworld was super scary.) Each god they ran into gave their own plot twist and it was very cool how Riordan kept them all together.
I guess the main reason this one didn't get five stars like the others is because this one's narrator. I have no idea why they changed narrators in the middle of the series, but I am pretty upset that Joshua Swanson didn't do this one too. Swanson did the entire Percy Jackson series and the first three books in this series, and for them to change him now didn't seem like it made much sense. Also, I'm not a huge fan of the new guy, but I'm not sure if it's because I genuinely didn't like him, or if he's really just not as good as the other one.
In short, I liked this book, but it wasn't as much as normal. Yeah I understand why it was important, but when I read a Riordan book, I want to see all the action and adventure. I know this one most definitely had both because I mean come on, some of it was in Tartarus, but still, I wanted MORE. I'm POSITIVE things will change in Blood of Olympus as it is a series ender. But I'm more than likely just going to go out and buy that one because I'm literally #65 out of 65 people on hold for the audio. I don't think I can wait that long smh