*This is the last book in the Heroes of Olympus series, so there are bound to be spoilers if you aren’t caught up!*
“Some pain shouldn’t be wished away so easily. It had to be dealt with, even embraced.”
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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…The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance [of Camp Half-Blood]. 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…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.
Feelings: It has been a couple of years since I read anything to do with this series. I was hesitant to read this book because I wasn’t sure if I’d remember anything, but honestly, I dove in and read this book very quickly. There were some things that came back to me and others that just passed me by and I’m okay with that. The reason I ultimately decided to finish this series is because I want to start Riordan’s new The Trials of Apollo series! I knew that in order to catch everything in that book, I needed to finish this one.
I thought this book was a fun time. Riordan’s characters are always hilarious and witty, lovable and charming.(For some, it takes a while for them to get to that point, but we get there eventually!) His writing is really smart with lots of twists and turns. I always enjoy reading his books.
At first, I wasn’t satisfied by the ending and I was ready to rant and rave about it. But…the more I thought about it, the more I’m ok with it. I’m ok with it because Riordan is still writing in this world. We haven’t heard the end of these characters, so yes…I’m over my frustration. Now I’m ready for a new Riordan book!
Characters: There are so many characters in this book. It didn’t take me long to remember all of their “deals” or get reacquainted with them. I love their different personalities and struggles, it really makes the whole cast balanced where it could easily be chaotic and dramatic.
Even though I came into this book with a time gap, I could see all the character development. Characters like Nico and Hazel have changed so much, growing into their abilities and their identities. Frank and Leo’s journeys took some twists and turns along the way and we found them as leaders in this book. Percy and Annabeth are growing up and Jason and Piper are growing closer. It’s just all really lovely. I’m glad this series introduced us to the Roman side of things; we met so many great characters! (Like Reyna. Can’t forget Reyna.)
Final thoughts: I thought this book was really fun! I blazed through it and enjoyed every second. The storyline was really engaging and interesting, I learned some new things about mythology (like I always do with Riordan books), and it was a nice break from heavy, adult books I’ve been reading lately. I’m not going to rave about it for a year (which is why I’m not giving it 5 stars), but I’m glad I read it.
Pick this up if you liked:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Goodreads rating: 4.41/5
Amazon.com rating: 4.6/5
My rating: 4.5/5
Happy reading! – Caitlyn