Review: The Blood of Olympus | A Single Word Will Spoil It

Review: The Blood of Olympus | A Single Word Will Spoil ItThe Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #5
Published by Disney Hyperion on October 7th, 2014
Genres: Adventure
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 516
Barnes & Noble

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.

First of all, let me just say, it is incredibly hard to write this review for two reasons. One, the synopsis on Goodreads and the synopsis on the actual book jacket are different. Two, I’m having a hard time determining what’s a spoiler and what isn’t.

Before I say anything more though I have one vital piece of advice for everyone before they read this book. Do not flip to the back of the book. I wanted to see at which point the book really ended because there’s a glossary after everything is said and done. Do not do this. You won’t realize it at the time, but basically seeing a single word is a spoiler.

All right, I do feel safe in saying that I was incredibly happy with the POV choices for the series’ conclusion. I loved that Riordan returned to a more focused highlight on Leo, Piper, and Jason, much like how the series began. However, I will say that there are 5 POVs and every single person will be incredibly happy with the other two choices. I felt like everyone’s story was balanced very well.

Hands down, one of my favorite parts was the fact that Percy and Annabeth didn’t dominate like they did in the previous book. Don’t worry, my friends, there’s still some Percabeth action.

The House of Hades fully developed Frank and Hazel and, now with The Blood of Olympus, we see Riordan finishing the character development for the rest of the crew as well as some of their trusty friends, whom I will not name.

The pacing was wonderful. I didn’t dread a single POV change because the story attached to each one was incredibly entertaining. I do think that it’s definitely worth mentioning that Octavian gets his just deserts. Seriously, no one could have asked for a better ending for the traitorous scum bag.

In short, The Blood of Olympus is basically the best book in the series and you’re all going to flippin’ love it.

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    Although I made the same mistake about flipping to the back of the book. Rawr.

  2. AHHH YES STEPH. I just posted my review and fangirling so hard because the book is just so goddamn beautiful. I WANNA REREAD IT ALREADY. Seriously so flipping excited about his upcoming series, too.