The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Summary: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’m a bit on the fence for this one. On one hand, I felt it was a satisfying conclusion to Riordan’s spinoff series, but the other half of me argues that there were too many errors in the writing and plotwork for it to completely be considered anything more than a mediocre read.
I knew when I started this, no matter how wonderful it was, that it would never quite live up to the original Percy Jackson series. And I was right.
It’s a creative idea for a companion series, but it doesn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, surpass the wonderfulness of the original series.
The strength of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series was the constant humor you got while reading from Percy’s perspective. Yet, here in the Heroes of Olympus series, Riordan writes in the third person perspective, so the humor really isn’t as strong as it was in the original series, which is quite unfortunate as that was one of the best aspects about it.
Additionally, this third person narration also makes it a bit more difficult to connect to the characters than it would have been if Riordan had chosen to write the books in first person. The character arcs throughout the series are still visible through third person, but they had the potential to be so much stronger and more fleshed-out if it was written from first person.
There were also a multitude of moments where I was forced to suspend my disbelief a bit to completely engross myself in the story. View Spoiler »Despite the war against Gaea and her troops being described as “the most dangerous demigod-fought war ever,” this is never really shown. None of our seven heroes die, and they’re able to defeat Gaea within a matter of hours. « Hide Spoiler Two of our seven heroes magically develop powers they never knew they had before, and are able to finetune them to top shape within a matter of days. It was situations like these that made me want to say:
Even though I didn’t like this series as much as I did the Percy Jackson series, I still feel this was a wonderful spin-off series, and have really come to admire the characters here – both new and old. While I’m sad this is the last book in Percy’s world, I know the journeys these characters have taken will stay in my heart for a long, long time.