The Blood of Olympus
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The Blood of Olympus

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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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 516 pages
  • 160.02 x 215.9 x 43.18mm | 703.06g
  • Disney Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 1423146735
  • 9781423146735
  • 6,996

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With just 12 days to go until Gaea awakens fully on Aug. 1 and brings an end to the world as we know it, two groups of demigods struggle to stop her. Aboard the Argo II, Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Frank, Hazel and Leo race to Athens for the final showdown. Meanwhile, three formerly supporting characters struggle to haul the ancient and massive Athena Parthenos statue from Europe to Camp Half-Blood: son of Hades Nico di Angelo, daughter of Bellona Reyna Ram rez-Arellano (and former praetor at New Rome) and satyr Coach Hedge. Coach Hedge is there mostly for comic relief, but his anxiety for the welfare of his very pregnant wood-nymph wife at Camp Half-Blood, where rogue New Rome augur Octavian has massed his armies to attack on Aug. 1, is touchingly genuine. The story of the demigods headed to Athens focuses on Jason, Piper and Leo and offers what Riordan does best: comedic, action-packed encounters with deities most readers-and sometimes characters-have never heard of. Goddess of victory Nike is particularly funny as she rails against "namby-pamby ideas of friendship and everybody wins participation awards." The story's emotional heft mostly comes from Nico's and Reyna's arduous and heartfelt journeys to self-acceptance. Readers who haven't made a point of revisiting The House of Hades (2013) before starting this may find themselves wondering just why each group's mission is so important, but there's no questioning that the characters think they're vital. And ultimately, any prophecy-driven adventure is at bottom arbitrary anyway. The story's occasional ventures into romance are stilted and awkward, but fortunately they are brief. The satisfyingly cataclysmic showdowns yield to peaceful resolution at last; here's hoping it holds this time. (Fantasy. 10-16) Kirkus"show more

About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan (www.rickriordan.com) is the author of the # 1 New York Times best-selling The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero; The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two: The Son of Neptune; The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three: The Mark of Athena; The Heroes of Olympus, Book Four: The House of Hades; the #1 New York Times best-selling Kane Chronicles; and the five books in the #1 New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.show more

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117,448 ratings
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4 29% (34,119)
3 11% (12,416)
2 2% (2,300)
1 1% (777)

Our customer reviews

On the one hand I'm happy to see this series ending, because it means the main characters can finally have some peace. On the other hand I am of course sad to see this ending, as I've come to love these characters and it isn't easy saying goodbye to them. We will still see a bit from Percy in his retelling of some ancient stories, but it just isn't the same. The group has split up again. While Nico, Reyna and Coach are bringing the Athena Parthenos back to Camp Half Blood, the rest is still on their way to Athens trying to stop Gaea from rising. It wouldn't be called a quest if there wasn't a lot of hardship and fights along the way. Though I have to say I had less of the feeling that all might die than in the previous books. Now there were two moments where I had my doubts, but in the end I'm very glad the way it was handled. Once again the demigods can only rely on themselves, now even more than before, since the gods are all still having problems with their split personalities and therefor are mostly fighting themselves. It's become clear that demigods have become stronger and mostly more confident in their ability. While in the past at times it seemed they were wary of throwing themselves into danger, that moment has passed and now they just go for it. As always you get completely sucked into the story. I really love all the different point of views we often get and all the hurdles they have to pass.While being very original, it also holds true to known mythology and that isn't always an easy balance. Now I personally beyond love mythology from every culture and the way Rick Riordan can turn those into these epic quests with all these amazing characters is spectacular. This was a great ending of the series and I've enjoyed every second of it. So while the story of Percy Jackson and the other demigods might be done, Rick Riordan isn't. Little teaser, though not really as it was announced on his book tour, but we're getting more demigods and this time we're talking Norse gods. I already know I'm going to love it!show more
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