I waited anxiously for the day it would arrive on the hold shelf for me, and at long last it has! The newest book in Rick Riordan’s “The Heroes of Olympus” series has finally arrived for me. I finished House of Hades in one day.
If you have not started this series (or even if you have), I suggest you begin with another of Riordan’s series, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians.” This series has spawned two films and offers some backup info on the world you’re entering when you read these books (not to mention its own adventures).
These books are set in the world as we know it, except that the gods and goddesses of the Greek and Roman world are real. And so are the children they have created with us common mortals. These children are demigods. Mortal but endowed with a bit of the power of their immortal parents. We meet children of Zeus (Jupiter), Poseidon (Neptune), Hades (Pluto) and many, many more. Some can fly, some can pull diamonds from the earth, some can give you a good night’s rest…they have many talents. And these talents come in useful when the world is threatened (a few times).
Gods and demigods are real, but so are giants, titans and an innumerable list of other baddies. Medusa? Real. Giant talking spiders? Real. Vampires? Real (but they certainly don’t glitter). The gods and monsters have been alive and bickering with each other for centuries, but their children, the demigods, are the ones who are charged with saving the world. You probably have heard of famous demigods like Hercules and Perseus (who might know him as the hero in movies like Wrath of the Titans).
The adventures are endless, the monsters range from hilarious to terrible, and the characters are complex. What’s not to love?! But now I need the next one (it’s coming Fall 2014)!