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Review: The House of Hades

So, a few years ago I read the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” saga, by Rick Riordan, and I absolutely loved it. The main character is fun, the story is interesting, quick and easy (it’s for children and teenagers), and I never got bored. You won’t find a post on it, though, because I read it way before I even thought of having a blog, but maybe someday I’ll re-read it and comment on it.

Some time later, Riordan published a second saga called “The Heroes of Olympus”, which I started reading two years ago. Sadly, it’s not nearly as good as the original one, and after reading the third book (there are five), I decided to take a break that was ultimately longer than I had expected. Anyway, last month, a very good friend of mine lent me the fourth book, called The House of Hades. I finished it about a week ago.

The House of Hades

The story picks up a few days after the events of the finale in The Mark of Athena and continues with the adventures and misadventures of the seven protagonists, Jason, Piper, Leo, Hazel, Frank, Annabeth and Percy. Let me tell you one thing: it is way more interesting and entertaining than the last book. The House of Hades is fast-paced, has better characters and a lot of humor.

My main problem with this book is that there are so many protagonists, that it sometimes feels like Riordan puts them in a certain situation just to give them something to do. There’s a scene in particular that sort of came out of nowhere, as if it had been a last-minute decision. However, I did enjoy the novel and I hope to read the next one soon.

  My edition:  Paperback, published in 2013 by Disney Hyperion Books
My edition: Paperback, published in 2013 by Disney Hyperion Books.
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