November Book Poster

By Samantha Heuthorst

Book: The House of Hades

Author: Rick Riordan


Series: Heroes of Olympus Book 4


Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Suspense, Dystopia


Number of Pages: 583

Characters:

  • Percy Jackson: Primary, Protagonist, one of the seven demigods in the Prophecy, son of Poseidon
  • Annabeth Chase: Primary, Protagonist, one of the seven demigods in the Prophecy, daughter of Athena
  • Hazel Levesque: Primary, Protagonist, one of the seven demigods in the Prophecy, daughter of Pluto
  • Frank Zhang: Primary, Protagonist, one of the seven demigods in the Prophecy, son of Mars
  • Leo Valdez: Primary, Protagonist, one of the seven demigods in the Prophecy, son of Hephaestus
  • Jason Grace: Primary, Protagonist, one of the seven demigods in the Prophecy, son of Jupiter
  • Piper McLean: Primary, Protagonist, one of the seven demigods in the Prophecy, daughter of Aphrodite
  • Gaea: Secondary, Antagonist, the goddess Earth, the main antagonist of the series, though not mentioned as much in this book. There are many other smaller anatagonist mentioned throughout this book instead
  • Nico DiAngelo: Secondary, Protagonist, a demigod son of Hades, "brother" of Hazel, not involved in the Great Prophecy
  • Reyna: Secondary, Protagonist, a demigod daughter of Bellona, not involved in the Great Prophecy
  • Coach Hedge: Secondary, Protagonist, a satyr who works at Camp-Half Blood, helps the eight demigods that are on the Argo II
  • Bob: Secondary, Protagonist, the Titan Iaeptus, lost his memory in the River Lethe and was renamed Bob by Percy Jackson, helps Percy and Annabeth while they are in Tartarus

Story Line:

Conflict: The major conflict in this book is getting Percy and Annabeth out of Tartarus and for the seven demigods of the prophecy to close the Doors of Death. Along with this conflict, smaller conflicts happen throughout the story. Each character kind of has his/her own conflict they must resolve as well.


Who's telling the Story: Each demigod of the Prophecy of Seven is telling the story. That means that for each chapter someone else tells it. The people telling it are Hazel, Percy, Annabeth, Frank, Leo, Jason, and Piper.


Themes: I think one would be War – glory, necessity, pain, tragedy because this whole series leads up to the war between the giants and the seven demigods. Another one would be Heroism – real and perceived because each of these people is a real hero and throughout this series (and the previous series (there were two characters from that in this book)) finds out how powerful they actually are and that in some way the are important. I think another one is Fate and Free Will because in Rick Riordan's Greek/Roman books there always is a prophecy that the characters fate will depend on, and they make their choices based on that. One last simple one is Good vs. Bad because the demigods in this book (the good guys) are trying to stop Gaea, the Giants, and her army (the bad guys).


Summary:

In the end of The Mark of Athena, Percy and Annabeth fell into Tartarus and the rest of the crew on the Argo II is trying to locate the Doors of a Death and meet Percy and Annabeth there. While sailing to the Doors of Death, Jason, Piper, Leo, Hazel, Frank, and Nico face many challenges. Including a job for Hecate, strange dwarfs, a fight against a herd if katobleps, facing an angry snow goddess, and a confession for Cupid these demigods struggle to make to the Doors. Things in Tartarus for Percy and Annabeth aren't good either. To make it to the Doors fight their old enemies, make new friends, suffer arai's curses, and of course run for their lives. When both sets of demigods finally reach the Doors, they face the hardest fights they have ever had. On both sides Gaea's armies overwhelm them. With many surprising twists and turns, will the demigods seal the Doors of Death? Will everyone make it out alive? Read to find out what happens in the fourth installment of the Heroes of Olympus series.

Rating and Recommendation:

I would rate this book 5/5 stars! I absolutely love Rick Riordan's books and especially this series in particular. Next to The Hunger Game, this is my favorite series. You should read the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series by Rick Riordan first because the Heroes of Olympus series follows up on the series. If you liked the first series, then you will definitely like this series. Also this book is fourth in the series, so you should read the three books that come before it. I would recommend this book to anyone (boy or girl) that likes books like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. This book would be for anyone who is older, like my age, and yet alway seems to go to the kid section in the library before going to the teen books. You also should really love action, but also be prepared for just a little bit of romance.