The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus #5)
Published Disney Hyperion 2014
Genre: Children’s Fantasy
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 have been waiting for this book for a very long time. And sadly, it was disappointing.
The first main problem I had with this book was the selection of character points of view. Our five character perspectives were Jason, Piper, Leo, Reyna, and Nico. First, no Percy? Or Annabeth? I have read about Percy Jackson for around five years and have really grown up with this amazing character that I love so much. When it is the last book in a series with this character, I was really hoping to have his perspective for the last time. Even an Annabeth perspective would have even been better. However, these two very important main characters fell to the side, barely completing any important tasks or even keeping a real focus. They were not the only characters to suffer from this choice – I forgot Hazel and Frank were even there. The problems with the piece of wood and Hazel returning to the underworld just disappeared. There was no big deal surrounding that and these character did nothing for the entire book. They both were just kind of…there. Now, Jason’s perspective was good. I like Jason as a character, but there is something that doesn’t seem as genuine about him as Percy. Piper really shined during this. She stood up for herself and I loved seeing the relationship she made with Annabeth throughout the series. She really improved herself. Leo was a good choice. I liked his character, but he was missing something from the last books. Reyna and Nico’s perspectives were both boring, and I mostly skimmed through both of them. While I enjoyed hearing about these two characters, they have never been some of the main characters in the series. I didn’t feel a strong connection with any of them, as just side characters. I understand that we had to have some perspective in order to follow the Athena statue across the ocean and back to Camp Halfblood, but there was really only one perspective needed for that. Normally, I love the characters in this series, but this time they all just fell short.
My next problem was with the pacing of the plot. Everything just happened so quickly. There are two major battles that seemed to happen in a couple of pages, with a lack of detailed description. They ended before they really even started. I was not happy with seeing some of the most epic conclusions thrown to the side. It was almost like Riordan didnt’ really want to end the series, so just kind of trailed it off. There really was no conclusion that I needed.
Okay, so now for some things that I really did like. I loved how it kept the humor and wit and usage of Greek gods. They were all so snappy and intelligent. We get to see some more minor gods and little missions along the way to Athens, all of which were the best parts of the entire book. I loved the descriptions of the scenery and the settings around the Mediterranean. Piper made great strides as a character. Before leaving this series, I got to appreciate all seven of the demigods at least once throughout the five book series.
Overall, this wasn’t a bad book. It was just a little disappointing based on previous books and the high expectations I had set for it. The pacing and character choices were my main problem. The series didn’t really seem to come to a real ending, but this was still a great continuation of Percy Jackson, a character I will miss very much. Thank you, Rick Riordan, for writing an amazing series!