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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The Blood of Olympus is the finale of a long series that has some people wishing it was over and others wishing it would never end. We see the end of our heroes’ journey as they fight the giants, who only want pain and misery for the gods and all who disobey.
Many of the things that plague this book are the same things that have been a problem through the whole series. Too many romance plot lines, too many characters, and the enemies are dumbed down to stupid levels. There are many times the main characters have a simple plan that should have been easier to circumvent. Challenges were tough at times but it felt more like luck a lot of times than our heroes actually doing anything.
There is much that can be said about this book and the series as a whole but it is difficult to do without spoiling the older books. And as mentioned above, this book follows a similar style and story for each book. This feels stale very fast and can slow down these books tremendously.
Understand that these books are meant for a younger audiences and make the plot feel easy and not as interesting compared to more mature novels for older readers. The Greek stories brought to life can be engaging at times, unfortunately it is hard to base a whole series on nostalgia or old Greek tales.
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This was my favorite series in high school. Now that I am older and have read more mature and adult novels, my perception has changed. While these books are not bad by any means, the quality and consistency are not always there. Characters can be bland and bad guys can suck.
But every once in awhile, a character is a great character. (Luke) A bad guy is pretty awesome. (Hades) And some characters die that break your heart.
I will always love this series for the great stories. I just now know that you move on from some and some you never forget.
Thank you, Rick Riordan.
Blood of Olympus Rating:
Overall series: 7
Well, after having read these books spaced out over the better part of a year I have finally reached the end of this series.
I think I’ve said this in past reviews but I think this series and writing is simply meant for a younger/teenage audience and does not translate well for more adult readers. If I had read these books 10-15 years ago I think I would have loved them, especially the first 5 books.
As it is, I just couldn’t get much out of them. Too many characters with not very much development and too many really really dumb bad guys.
Farewell, Percy Jackson. It’s been…okay.