12127810They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

Author: Rick Riordan
Category: YA, Adventure
Pages: 595
Publication Date: October 8th, 2013

Not even Percy and Annabeth could save us through this one. The House of Hades returns us back to find Percy trapped in Tartarus. The other characters are on the way to try to save them. You would think this would be dangerous and exciting, but it becomes unfortunately get the slowest and ultimately most boring chapter of this series.

Riordan seems most comfortable when writing Percy and Annabeth (probably because of his familiarity plus this balancing of multiple POVs). It is easy to feel he was just phoning it in by this book. Cutting and pasting. Different monsters, different mythological gags, but lots of battles, angst, some romance, etc.

The character development is severely less here. Percy and Annabeth could have had a really emotional and life changing moment in “hell”, but while there are attempts at this, there were too many things that went well for them. A river that heals them? Got it. A giant from their past that helps them fight? Got that too. Not much “hell” going on here. Don’t even mention the other characters. Most of them have little to no development although there is one that shares same-sex feelings for another character. This is great and all, but really feels that Riordan is using this to rock the boat. This character has not shown any signs of this so it comes out of no where feeling less like character development and more like “look how progressive I am!”

It’s just that all the romance in this series (while the first series was not perfect when romance was involved) is terrible. Crushes, unrequited feelings, even the “established” pairing from previous books just felt so awkward. Now, these aren’t romance novels and the romances aren’t the main deal of these books, but if your going to include them, then don’t put so many in one series. Percy and Annebeth would be more than enough. We have four total relationships going on. It just gets confusing and annoying and there is alot of relationship talk at some points. It’s just Riordan’s writing feels subpar. Hopefully the last book turns things around but we will find out next week!!!

Greg’s Thoughts

From what I remember, I thought this was my favorite book of this series. Turns out it was just terrible. The hell that Percy was in was bad but at the same time it felt like the same old adventure. It would have been so much better if it had been terrible the whole time. That sound mean but how awesome would it be that when the odds stacked against them, they kick some ass and find a way to survive. Was Tartarus super easy for them? No, but it wasn’t hard either. I am sadly disappointed that this series has so many more problems than I remember. Severely disappointed. :(

Rating:

2-donate it

Dani’s 2¢

Honestly, there’s just not much for me to say that I haven’t said about the past book. Same  story, different book.

Rating:

4-boring

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