The Blood of Olympus
By Rick Riordan
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Genre: Children's Fiction
I was so nervous to start this book, seeing as it was the finale to one of my favorite series. Don’t get me wrong, I was happy when it released and to finally get my hands on my own copy last week, but it was a bittersweet moment. The ending had finally arrived, but… a part of me didn’t want it to end. I left the book store satisfied but a bit melancholic. Whether I liked it or not, Percy and his friends would see their quest through to the end and I felt it was my duty to see it through with them.
Okay, that might sound a little dramatic, but it’s a series I’ve really come to love over the years. I’ve grown with the characters and I was reluctant to read about their ending. I mean, who doesn’t feel a little weepy when the series they love comes to a conclusion?
Anyway, I finally mustered up the courage to pick it up and I devoured the 500 page book in a single day. All the while I was reading through it, a part of me wanted to sneak to the last few pages and see if everyone I loved made it through, but I steeled my resolve and finished the series.
And, I’ll admit it. Riordan is a master story-teller. He deserved every award and fan he gets. Sure, I bitched and moaned about the last installment not giving my much suspense, but boy did this book make up for that.
In Blood of Olympus, Percy and Annabeth have finally dug their way out of Tartarus and, with Nico, Reyna, and Hedge on their own quest to return the Athena Parthenos to Camp Half-Blood, the rest of the seven are left to complete the prophecy. Within two weeks’ time, either Gaea would awake and destroy the world or they would succeed. Success is good, of course, but the group is uneasy because the prophecy states that one of the seven has a “oath to keep with a final breath.”
Don’t tell me you other fans out there weren’t a little scared by that. You know you were. But I won’t elaborate too much on the details because there are FAR too many spoilers in the book and I want to keep those of you reading this as spoiler free as possible.Between the fierce action sequences, there was plenty of humor and love to be had. I loved seeing Piper grow to be confident in herself, as well as seeing her make friends in Hazel and Annabeth. I loved that Frank grew into the warrior he was bound to be. I loved that Nico accepted and dealt with his past and wrote a new future for himself. I love that Reyna stayed true to herself and Leo remained who he always was, a mechanical genius and goofball – and a loveable one at that. I loved seeing the book and the characters go full circle. They had all grown and become young adults, rather than the children they were before.
And while I finished this book feeling a little bruised, I was most certainly satisfied. I laughed and I wondered and I even shed a few tears at the end. There were a few loose ends that were left untied, giving me hope that we haven’t seen the last of Percy and his friends. Sure, Riordan is going on to Norse mythology next, but we can always hold out hope for seeing our favorites again. After all, it’s Magnus Chase, right? There has to be some connection.
It’s rare that a book makes me feel so much love for characters. In every book by Riordan, I’ve felt invested. I’ve felt that I’ve traveled with friends. I felt that the characters could walk among the streets and that there was more to this world than meets the eye. Not all books are capable of making you wonder who your godly parent might be. Whether you’d find yourself in the Greek or Roman camp. Or even if the Mist is controlling you, keeping you from seeing the secrets that are right before your eyes. But, for me, Riordan has definitely made it possible for me to say that I’ve walked among both camps. I’ve been to Tartarus. I’ve helped carry Nico’s burden, I gave Reyna strength, I’ve worked side by side with the members of the Argo II. I may not have devine parents, but I’m a demigod, thanks to Riordan.Ave, Percy and friends. It’s been quite a ride. And I loved every minute of it.