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The Blood of Olympus

by Rick Riordan

Reviewed by Lauren
Rating: 3 Stars
The final installment of Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series follows the seven demigods of the Prophecy of Seven — Jason, Piper, Leo, Annabeth, Percy, Frank and Hazel — as well as Reyna and Nico. The Seven are on their way to Athens, Greece, to stop the immortal titan Gaea from waking and, they hope, to save the world from total destruction. The demigods know these achievements will come at a cost; they're just not sure what that cost will be, or who will have to pay it. Nico and Reyna, however, are heading in another direction. They are bringing the statue of the Athena Parthenos to Camp Half-Blood, in a desperate attempt to heal a centuries-long strife and prevent war between the two camps. Will the demigods be able to stop Gaea in time? And when the time comes, will they be able to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to save Olympus and the entire mortal world? This book is incredible — and incredibly flawed at the same time. The Blood of Olympus is maybe Riordan’s wittiest book yet, full of hysterical one-liners that will leave readers laughing till it hurts. In this book we also see the development of new friendships that make so much sense, it’s difficult to understand how the friends hadn’t been closer earlier in the series.  However, the book also felt extremely rushed, and the ending was so quick, it almost feels like it never happened.  In addition, some of the most beloved characters in the series had to be pushed aside in order to develop the story further, one of the unfortunate drawbacks of writing in multiple points of view. Overall, however, it was bittersweet to see the story of these endearing characters come to an end, and Riordan leaves us wondering (as per usual) what’s next for these seven incredible demigods and their friends.

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