Review: The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus, #5) by Rick Riordan

25501487Though 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.

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Warning: This review is mostly me chatting about my absolute love for this book and this incredible series.

I cannot believe that I have finally finished this series. This was, without a doubt, perhaps one of the best series that I have ever, ever read. I am so incredibly happy that I decided to start reading this series earlier in the year, but also a little sad that this wonderful, magical journey is actually over. Heroes of Olympus introduced me to a truly beautiful cast of well-developed and three-dimensional characters, the storylines are wonderfully written and the overall plot is not overly complex, but really fascinating. This is a story that has kept me on the edge of my seat for months, and I cannot believe that I have now finished it.

I cannot express how much I truly love this series without sounding like a complete loon, but THANK-YOU SO MUCH RICK RIORDAN FOR WRITING SUCH A TRULY BEAUTIFUL SERIES!

This book, the last in the series, was a wonderful way to end the incredible series that Rick Riordan created. The first four books of the series introduced so many wonderful storylines, and it was great that Rick Riordan was able to successfully tie everything together. When I finish a series that I am absolutely in love with, I always worry that the ending will disappoint me. But Heroes of Olympus delivered on so many levels. I especially loved that the characters all received endings that I think that they all deserved — especially the endings of Annabeth and Percy, and Jason and Piper. THEY GAVE ME ALL THE FEELS! And you cannot forget about the endings that both Leo and Nico received, endings that I hope other books explore in the future.

I absolutely loved the fact that we got to see things from Reyna and Nico’s point of view. I would probably go as far as to say that this was one of my most favourite parts of the entire book. Reyna and Nico often took a backseat to the other characters — understandably — despite being such intriguing individuals. So it was incredibly to finally have chapters dedicated entirely to both Reyna and Nico. I loved that through these chapters we were also able to read about the Amazons and the Hunters. I love these women so much and I would actually love it if Rick Riordan decided to expand on them later on.

Although — to look at this differently — whilst these chapters were indeed wonderful additions, they did take time away from the seven main characters. Since it was the last book in this series, I would have liked Riordan to spend more time writing about Annabeth, Percy, Jason, Piper, Hazel, Frank and Leo. But that’s just me. Does anybody else feel this way?

I want another book… right now. Seriously. I want another book dedicated entirely to this whole group of characters because I do not want the magic of this journey to end.

[Honestly, if I could give this book TEN BILLION STARS, I totally would. This book made me so incredibly happy and sad and happy and angry and happy. Ugh, emotional rollercoaster, guys!]

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