The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Four (new cover) (The Heroes of Olympus, 4)

by Rick Riordan

Paperback, 2019





Disney-Hyperion (2019), Edition: Reprint, 672 pages


"Greek and Roman demigods from the Prophecy of Seven must work together to seal the Doors of Death--and help Percy and Annabeth escape the Underworld in the process"--


Golden Archer Award (Nominee — 2015)
WAYRBA: Western Australia Young Readers Book Award (Winner — Older Readers — 2014)
Children's Favorites Awards (Finalist — Author of the Year — 2014)


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672 p.; 7.5 inches

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LibraryThing member fyrefly98
Summary: On their quest to stop Gaea from rising and destroying all the Olympian gods – and demigods, Greek and Roman alike – our group of heroes has encountered some setbacks. They’ve rescued the NAME statue that is the only hope of stopping the discord between Camp Half-Blood and Camp
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Jupiter, but in the process, Percy and Annabeth have fallen into Tartarus – the underworld pit, teeming with rivers made of fire, poisonous vapors, and plenty of monsters – most of whom have a grudge against demigods in general, and Percy in particular. They need to make their ways to the Doors of Death, not only so they can escape, but also to stop Gaia’s forces from immediately reincarnating once they’ve been slain. The rest of the heroes – Hazel, Nico, Leo, Frank, and Piper – are racing across the Mediterranean in their flying warship to reach the Doors of Death in the mortal world… but it’s not exactly smooth sailing for them, either.

Review: Rick Riordan’s books are just so much fun. They are clever and they are exciting and they are fast paced and they are funny, and the involve all sorts of mythological trivia used in cool ways in service of the story, which of course I just love. The House of Hades lives up to its predecessors, without question. As much as I like all of the other heroes, I think I'll always have a lingering soft spot for Percy, and we get to spend plenty of chapters with him and Annabeth. Riordan's vision of Tartarus is supremely imaginative and vivid and very, very creepy, and watching Percy and Annabeth make their way across was half action-adventure, half survival story. The heroes on the surface got plenty of good screen time too, and some familiar faces crop back up in interesting ways. One of the things I liked the most about this story was the character development. Riordan's shown himself before to be very good at juggling POVs, and it's masterfully done here - not only do we get an interesting (and very touching look) at Percy and Annabeth's relationship, but Frank, Leo, Hazel, and Nico all make some major strides, character-wise, things that I wasn't necessarily expecting but wound up being extremely cool (Piper: not so much development, at least in this book). If this series is meant to be five books, like the Percy Jackson series was, Riordan's got a fair amount of ground to cover in that last book, but I have no doubt he'll be able to pull it off, and I will absolutely be along for the ride! 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: This book would make absolutely zero sense as a standalone, but this series, or Riordan's books as a whole, are a damn good time, and one that I always eagerly anticipate the next release. Good for fans of mythology, adventure, and a dash or three of zany silliness.
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LibraryThing member ad_astra
Another fantastic book in the Heroes of Olympus series! Riordan does such a great job of creating interesting, quirky, and loveable characters who are all so different. I really enjoyed the different character revelations and getting to know them even better. I also appreciate that while there is a
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lot of darkness and near death experiences, Riordan always manages to leverage it with some humor and fun, and most importantly, hope. I am thankful too that this book didn't end with a cliff-hanger like the last one. I can rest easy for another year while awaiting the next book in this fabulous series!
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LibraryThing member kommana
This book was really awesome and mind blowing. I really loved it.

I really loved all the the Tartarus part (Percy and Annabeth). I loved Bob and his kitten. Equally, loved Leo and Nico (mainly encounter with Cupid). I felt sad for Nico because loved his character from the start and Leo in Love,
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didn't see that coming.

Hazel and Frank were cute and their parts were beautifully done. Hazel's mist thingy was extremely good. I enjoyed a lot.

Jason was OK and there was nothing much about piper. Like said in the book, she is the useless character that I mostly think.

One thing is, it is not a cliff hanger like the third one. This book has a lot of action and adventures. Everyone should read this book. Can't wait for Book 5.
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LibraryThing member CurrerBell
My first love is Clarisse (who does get a couple of paragraph-size references in The House of Hades), but second after Clarisse comes Hazel and I had high hopes for The House of Hades that it would be Hazel's quest. To a degree it is – and Hazel has a vital role to play, especially toward the end
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of the book – but this is as much a story of Percy and Annabeth's journey through Tartarus as it is the story of the Argo II and its crew's journey to Greece.

As to Percy and Annabeth (though I may just be biased because they aren't my favorite characters), their journey through Tartarus does become a bit wearisome after a while, though they do meet a couple or more new friends along the way (regarding which no more to avoid SPOILER). Still, P&A's journey does seem to be too much of one cliff-hanging encounter after another as the story switches from below-ground Tartarus to the above-ground adventures of the Argo II.

The strength of this installment is primarily Hazel, with important contributions from Frank and to a degree Nico and Piper as well. Based on Hazel's performance, combined with P&A's encounters of certain new friends in Tartarus, I'll give this 4½**** rather than just 4****.

And Riordan, you loser, just remember, next time I want some more of Clarisse or I've gotta few of her buddies who might just see fit to rearrange yer dental work for ya.
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LibraryThing member AshlinS.g3
This is a series in the series "Heroes of Olympus". It is book four. This story is about seven demigods trying to reach a portal that runs through tartarus to the mortal world. They encounter all kinds of monsters that are trying to stop them. They are trying to stop the evil godess Gaea from
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awakening throughout the series.
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LibraryThing member ConnorE.b4
This book is about Percy adventure in tarterus and There other friend . Percy and Annebeth have fallen into Tarterus and found its made to kil non-monsters. The floors are made of broken glass and air toxic they live by drinking water from one of the rivers of tarterus. They then meet up with the
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Titan that Percy through in the river that makes them lose there memory. With his help they journey to The doors of Death and the Death mist. They then, after being shrouded in death mist go to the doors of death. Percy friends are going also to the doors of death to receave them. They sail and fly on they're ship the Argo II. They are attacked by dwarfs, Atacked by a giant turtle thats controlled by a sharpshooter, and cow monsters. Then they are attacked by the godess of ice and snow, Leo being blown of to a place cursed with low retern rate and the rest blown to the god of south winds temple.
I found this book very exiting. There was some parts were it got less exiting but it waed out with the exiting parts. I found this better than the last and I can't wait for the next book. I would recomend this but I have read. I think I could read this again.
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LibraryThing member GabbyM.b3
The crew of the Argo have the Athena Parthenos they can return it back to Camp Half Blood and stop them from going to war with Camp Jupiter. Or they can continue their quest to the house of Hades open the doors of death and save their friends Percy and Annabeth from Tartarus. If they can survive.
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In tarsus Percy and Annabeth meet all the monsters or Titans they have faced in The mortal world that have come back for revenge. Whichever road they take they need to hurry to stop Gaea to stop her rise of power on August first. They need to prevent her from reincarnating all the monsters and keep camp half blood from being destroyed. The doors of death are their only way out. Hopefully they can make it alive. That's my summary on The House Of Hades.

I was so excited to read The House Of Hades. It is so full of action and excitement and since it just came out I know everyone is reading it. Rick Riordan really did a good job with describing all the action and Tartarus. I bought the book and I immediately started reading it and I was loved this book. I think how he sets up the whole story is really good and if you are looking for a action/ adventure type of book this is the book that you need to read. I like how he has chapter in the perspective of all the different charachters that was a really good idea. The House of Hades is the best book every and I hope you can read it and enjoy it too.
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LibraryThing member PeskyLibrary
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan was an amazing mythological reality novel featuring my favorite demigods Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase. In this continuation of the Percy Jackson series, seven demigods go on a quest to stop the god Geia. Learning things about themselves and others on the way,
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the seven pov's make for an interesting and hilarious story. I think everyone and anyone should read this series right now. -Racquel, Class of 2015-
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LibraryThing member JustinK.B3
When Percy and annabeth wake up in taturus they find themselves surronded by monsters. They need to find the doors of death and close it before ghae wakes up. While also finding memories that might haunt them for the rest of their lives. Up on Earth the seven half bloods are at war with each other.
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It is just what ghae wants. In order to save the world one must go to the land of forgonteness while the others move on. Only together they can save the world.
The house of hades is the best book i have ever read. It kept me on the edge of the seat every page. Every word brought a new story, a new life. Every one would love this book. I would reccomend this for everyone. The author is the best. I loved this book.
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LibraryThing member krau0098
This is the fourth book in the Heroes of Olympus series by Riordan. The fifth (and final) book in this series will be titled, Blood of Olympus, and is scheduled for an October 2014 release date. I thought this book was by far the best yet in the Heroes of Olympus series and I really enjoyed it.

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listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was very well done. The narrator does a decent job of distinguishing between all of these different character voices and of conveying character emotion.

Annabeth and Percy were thrown into Tartarus at the end of the last book and they are struggling to survive there and to find the Doors of Death. The other five Demi-Gods (Leo, Frank, Jason, Piper, and Hazel), with some help from Nico, are following Percy’s instructions to find the Doors of Death in the mortal realm. Every hero has a part to play and all of them must get more comfortable with their powers if they are going to succeed.

This was an excellently done continuation of this series. There is a ton of of interesting mythology and adventure. In previous books in this series I kind of felt swamped with the multitude of characters but in this book I felt like all the characters were more well balanced. I am finally beginning to engage with and really like the characters.

It doesn’t hurt that we get to spend a lot of time with Percy and Annabeth in Tartarus. I love those two characters and watching them support each other through a number of horrific trials and adventures was awesome.

As for our other characters, all of them make some interesting revelations about their powers. Frank comes into his powers as a Demigod of War. Piper learns how to make her charm speak more powerful, Hazel learns how to control the Mists, and Leo gets a tough life lesson in love.

A lot happens in this book and it was all just awesome. There is a lot of action here and a lot of pieces are coming together.

I still think these books are very formulaic and this book still has a bit of that. The characters have to get to the Doors of Death by a certain time, fighting harder and harder monsters along the way, or all will be lost. However, because of the way the plot line switched between Tartarus and the Mortal World it felt a bit less formulaic than the previous books in the series.

Overall I really enjoyed this book a lot and can't wait to read book 6, Blood of Olympus. I finally felt like in this book I was really engaged with the characters. They characters grow a lot in this book and there is a ton of very cool mythology throughout the story. The book is action packed and moves quickly. I really thought this was the best book of these series so far. I highly recommend both Riordan's Percy Jack series and this series to fans of fantasy; especially mythology driven fantasy.
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LibraryThing member Dylan3
Rick Riordan mixes Greek gods, monsters, and heroes with regular teenage life so well it sounds real. Two demigods in Tartarus are alive, even with a Titan friend.
LibraryThing member carolvanbrocklin
Much funnier than I had expected. I loved his play on words such as when he says "Do you think ships masts grow on trees?" Uhhh Yeah--the stealth turtle was also quite amusing.
Yes, it wasn't necessary to know that Nico had a crush on Percy but I guess you have to be PC in all literature
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anymore and bring in stuff like that. Will make me leary of the future books to see if they don't really emphasize that much more.
I found it interesting to read about Riordan's vision of "Hell"..pretty scary place by all standards and yet there was some stuff that could lead to some discussions with kids about what they really think it might be like.
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LibraryThing member br14kydw
I have been an avid reader of Rick Riordans work since I first picked up his book Percy Jackson & The Olympians The Lightning Thief. I love and have always loved his light hearted humor tied in with intense action sequences. His humor was especially needed in this novel to balance out the immense
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darkness and despair coming from the two main characters being stuck in the ancient Greek version of Hell, Tartarus to close the doors of death. The entire plot revolves around the doors of death needing to be closed from both sides or the monsters will be able to keep regenerating without a problem. The doors of death happen to be guarded by giants and many other monsters that would gladly return the favor of their many brethren who have perished due to Percy and Annabeth. My personal favorite scene of this book was when Percy and Annabeth were fighting the curses which when killed put a curse on them from a defeated enemy they have long since thought about. I found it very intriguing to see a bit of the monsters side of things through their final wishes which were to curse their killer, Percy Jackson our hero. The scenes from Percy and Annabeth in Tartarus where excellent I just felt like it dragged a bit and could have been paced slightly beater.
While Percy and Annabeth were trying to close the doors from the inside The rest of the 7 children of prophecy are journeying from Rome where their last segment of the adventure had let of to the doors of death to The House of Hades in Epirus. This half of the journey was at the same high intensity level as the two in Tatarus. Many times they run into a powerful violin and without their two main leaders Percy and Annabeth it was interesting to see who would have to step up as leader of the group. This book definitely lived up to all of the hype and anticipation surrounding it I absolutely loved it!
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LibraryThing member foggidawn
(The House of Hades is the fourth book in the Heroes of Olympus series. This review will contain some spoilers for earlier books in the series.)

Gaea the earth goddess is waking, and this means trouble for all of the Olympians and demigods. As Jason, Piper, Leo, Hazel, Frank, and Nico fight to
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continue their quest, Percy and Annabeth struggle to survive in Tartarus. If both groups of demigods can arrive at the Doors of Death at the same time -- Percy and Annabeth from Tartarus, and the others from the human realm -- Percy and Annabeth can be saved, and the monsters can be stopped from constantly regenerating. But neither journey will be easy. . .

This series continues to be a lot of fun, packed with action and humor and a little bit of romance, too. The problem with having such a large cast of characters is that it's hard to give each of them time to shine, but I actually thought that was done better in this book than in the previous one. Frank, Hazel, Leo, and Nico each had nice moments of character development in this book, and since Percy and Annabeth were apart from the rest of the group, they also had plenty of page space. This book also manages to balance the series dynamic with the story arc of the individual book -- it's the penultimate book in the series, but it didn't feel like it was just there to build up to the final battle. I'm looking forward to The Blood of Olympus next fall, but I'll probably try to reread not only the Heroes of Olympus, but the Percy Jackson series as well before that book's release.
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LibraryThing member br14sazh
Darkness and terror, horror and desperation, and the most petrifying evil that could ever walk the earth all live in the deep, dark pits of Tartarus, the neverending prison for all monsters. Two demigods are flung into this treacherous terrain, and they must battle their way through endless hordes
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of monsters. They must find a way to survive, something that nobody, not even the greatest heroes like Hercules or Odysseus, has ever accomplished. They must also travel through the very body of Tartarus, breathing in his poisonous breath, to find the heart of the monster’s prison. To make matters worse, the fate of the world is in their hands, and if they don’t succeed, the entire world will be destroyed.
In the fourth installment of the Lost Heroes series, Annabeth and Percy have fallen through Tartarus, the living prison, while their friends Leo, Piper, Jason, Hazel, and Frank are sailing in the Overworld, facing extreme problems of their own. They need to travel to the House of Hades, and close the Doors of Death before anymore of the dead comes back alive. But, there are just a few tiny problems. The Doors need to be closed from both sides: the one from the Overworld, and the one in Tartarus, all at the exact same time. No pressure, but If this doesn’t happen, the world will end in chaos and destruction. Also, the Doors of Death are guarded meticulously by minions of Gaea, the goddess of Earth. It would take an army of trained soldiers to fight past them, and they were only a bunch of scrawny little kids. Even though they are all demigods, how would they manage to defeat an army of the most dangerous monsters in the world?
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan is yet another one of his hilarious and action packed books. In even the most hopeless situations, he could somehow find a way to make me laugh. Throughout the entire book, the characters would make up offensive names for the gods and monsters, endangering their lives even more, but that's what made the book so much funnier. Also, the seven demigods faced so many problems, and solved them using so many unpredictable and impossible ideas. It’s so interesting to read about all their ideas, but sometimes, it didn't feel real. A really, really amazing fantasy book would've made the reader feel like the things that happened in the book could happen in real life. The House of Hades didn't do that. Yes, the obstacles that Percy, Annabeth, and the others faced were astounding, but even though their solutions were hilarious, they seemed too good to be true. With every battle that they were in, they usually came out relatively unscathed. It can't be a coincidence that somehow, they managed to survive the impossible every single time with no consequences whatsoever.
The House of Hades is a hilarious book that anyone would enjoy reading, especially if you want a story that isn't as deep and sad as others. I know that this book can relieve someone of their everyday stress through it lightheartedness and humorous plot. It's an easy but fun book to read and Rick Riordan did an amazing job carrying out the story of Percy, Annabeth, and the world of Greek myths and magic.
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LibraryThing member TylerB.B1
The house of Hades is a great book. Annabeth and Percy are in the underworld. They are trying to close the gates. The gates let monsters back in to the world really quickly. Leo, Piper, Frank, and Jason are trying to rescue them and close them from the other side.Will they die or live.

I loved this
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book. It is a great adventure story. Rick Riordan is a great writer. This is great book you don't know what will come next. It has a great cliff hanger that makes you want to read the next book. You need to read this book.
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LibraryThing member br14cost
The House Of Hades is a action packed book with perspectives of each of the seven main characters. With the myths and monsters running through the book in a way that hides the truth until the end but still gives the reader some in site on the goal of these characters. Percy, and Annabeth are in
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Tartarus trying to battle their way out. With the rest of the crew on the surface encountering friends and foes as they sail to the House Of Hades to shut the doors and help Percy and Annabeth escape. To find out what happens you must read another great book crafted by Rick Riordan for the continuation of the Heroes Of Olympus series.
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LibraryThing member loveofreading
The House of Hades is the fourth book in The Heroes of Olympus series--and I think it might be my favourite. Written again in typical Heroes of Olympus style of alternating narratives, this story is the continuation of the prophesied seven demigods and their fight against the psychotic and
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murderous Gaea.

Picking up where The Mark of Athena left off, Annabeth and Percy are stuck in the underworld and must somehow survive long enough to close the doors of death and thereby stop Gaea's massive armies from proceeding into the world above. Meanwhile, Jason, Leo, Piper, Frank and Hazel must reach the other side of the doors of death.

Being a huge fan of the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series, I was thrilled at the amount of time dedicated to Percy and Annabeth. Their adventure through Tartarus is dangerous, deadly, and most of all, thrilling and did I mention amazing?

We get to meet up with old monsters that have been defeated, old friends, and new friends. HoH has its share of new and exciting mythology, including my personal favourite, the personification of Tartarus himself. I really hope that this series will get onto the big screen because I would LOVE to see that final battle.

While Gaea is certainly waging a more terrifying war and she's more creepy than Kronos in that whispering, motherly, psychotic voice, but I'm still not convinced she's as evil as Kronos. She just doesn't FEEL as dangerous. Kronos was pure power, so it's an interesting comparison between the two villains from Riordan. I suppose we'll see how truly dangerous and deadly Gaea is in the next book when she will obviously make a grand appearance. I always saw Gaea as good in the myths, which might be behind my inability to really see her as terrifying.

The story is wonderfully stressful. I was so keyed up reading this book, desperate to know more and see what will happen next--this has to be the most exciting book of the series so far. It's all leading up to the final book of the series, which is guaranteed to be simply spectacular. Everything Riordan does is spectacular.

I do have a grudging criticism. Gaea managed to take away Percy's curse of Achilles--a curse that should have been unremovable, as Homer tells us and as Achilles himself tells us in The Last Olympian. Obviously taking away his curse was necessary for Riordan's plot and I won't pretend to know why or to know more than Riordan, but come on... we couldn't work around the curse? I feel like Percy's lack of heroics and powers was disappointing. He was so powerful with his godly powers without the invulnerability and extra speed, accuracy, etc. He just felt...weaker. It seems to me that as time passed, he should be even stronger now.

A more minor point--does Hades not have any idea that Percy Jackson is running around his realm? Does he really just not care? He hates Percy... I'd have thought he would have wanted to put in his two cents.

Rick Riordan is as talented as the great JK Rowling and I wish he received more attention in Canada. His knowledge of Greek and Roman mythology, and more than that, his ability to write dialogue for the monsters, gods, and other mythological figures without sounding cheesy is outstanding. He does his research. All of Riordan's books--The Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, and The Kane Chronicles--are well-written, exciting, and also educational. Whether young readers know it or not, they will walk away knowing something about Greek/Roman mythology.

He is also my hero for throwing a twist in the characterization of Nico. [[BEWARE SPOILER]] The reason that Nico is bitter, short, and rude towards Percy and to his friends? Nico has/had a crush on Percy and obviously his feelings are unreturned. I love the humanity attributed to Nico! Moreover, Riordan just slipped this little detail in and moved on with the plot without making his sexual orientation a big deal and without making it a game-changer. It's a notable characteristic, but it's not everything he is. So not only does Riordan's stories make children with ADHD, dyslexia, single-parent children, orphans, or just kids who are different, feel like they too can be heroes, Riordan also makes one of his heroes gay. Riordan teaches his readers that anyone can be a hero. Anyone.

I also LOVE this cover and how it represents the struggle of journeying through the underworld. It's just so dark, fiery, dangerous and mysterious.

House of Hades is a powerful read and a nail-biting, thrilling ride into the deepest pits of the underworld. A war is about to break out as the prophecy of seven finally comes to light.

The really sad part? We have to wait until fall 2014 for the thrilling conclusion, The Blood of Olympus.
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LibraryThing member lexiechan
Less than 2 months!!! I can't freakin' wait for it!!! I wish I got an ARC of this one. >.
LibraryThing member bookworm12
At the end of the last book Percy and Annabeth fell into a pit that dropped them into Tartarus, the horrible prison for the Titans. They are own a dark journey to find and close the Doors of Death and restore balance to the world. Traveling through Tartarus is exhausting and I felt weary right
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alongside them.

Meanwhile their friends encounter a strange bandit named Sciron, who kills his victims by making them wash his nasty feet and then kicking them off a cliff. They also travel to Venice to continue the work of the quest. One of the major plot points in this book is a big reveal from Nico, which explains quite a bit about his distant personality. I’d already heard about that part, so there was no surprise, but I still appreciated the importance of the revelation. I also loved the role that Cupid plays in this book.

BOTTOM LINE: As I’ve noted with almost all of Riordan’s books, I enjoy reading them, particularly on audio, but there’s never too much that sticks with me. I absolutely love learning more about the Greek and Roman mythology and seeing it worked into modern day situations, but I never find as much depth with the characters as I would like. I will definitely be finishing the series when it’s released.
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LibraryThing member TheMadHatters
Annabeth and Percy fell have fallen into Tartarus, and they must battle their way across an unbeliveable landscape of monsters and disasters to reach the Doors of Death. In the world above, the rest of their friends from the Argo must battle their way across Italy to reach the other side of the
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Doors of Death if they are going to have any chance to save Annabeth and Percy.
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LibraryThing member DonteR.B4
Throughout the whole book the chapters are told by different characters, so every chapter has a different point of view. The story begins with Annabeth and Percy Jackson falling down into Tartarus a result of their last battle. When they finally saw the bottom they were certain they were going to
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die. Then they saw water since Percy was the son of Poseidon he could control water. When the two were close to hitting the ground Percy let the water pull him in, but he almost died. The water wasn’t normal the water was spirits telling him to just give up and die. When Annabeth and Percy get deeper into Tartarus they see monsters they killed before and a river of fire. Then Annabeth since being the daughter of the goddess of wisdom thought if water was bad then fire was good since.
Then the point of view changes to the friends who are on their way to Tartarus to save Annabeth and Percy. Then the goddess of magic Hecate appears and helps them find a way to Tartarus without getting attacked every hour. They soon stop in Venice where Frank Zhang the son of Ares is forced to bring out his godly side and kill 100 monsters all alone. With his father giving him magic Frank grew three inches in that battle and came out unharmed by the monsters. Then their friends have to face cupid to get his scepter which can raise the dead. When Percy and Annabeth’s friends get it they leave a note to the Roman demigods saying they will be at the House of Hades to warn them of the crew’s location.
When Percy and Annabeth get to the door to get out of Tartarus there is a twelve minute wait time for them to reach the top. While they were in the elevator someone had to hold the button; so they had a giant, a saber tooth tiger, and a titan to help fend off a god and millions of monsters. When they reached the top they met an old witch. Percy and Annabeth’s friends all had to help the goddess Hecate defeat the old witch because her magic wasn’t strong enough they ended up tricking her in her own maze and she fell into a pit of snakes. On their way to the ship Percy, Annabeth, and their friends saw a Pegasus dying of poison and they soon saw the leader of the Roman demigods Reyna she had come to make peace with the Greeks. The story ends with Nico de Angelo a son of Hades shadow traveling with Reyna to get back to her demigods and show that the Greeks aren’t actually bad.
While reading the House of Hades I was entertained throughout the whole book. While readingbooks I get bored, but with the action in the book I wasn’t. This book was very well written and the storyline of the book is interesting. I would recommend this book to all of my friends and family members even if they don’t believe in myths. In my opinion this is the best book I have ever read and love the author Rick Riordan. I would give this book a ten out of ten star rating because of the grammar and the vivid description of details. In conclusion the House of Hades by Rick Riordan is a wonderful book and I recommend that everyone read it.
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LibraryThing member alsparks324
Next installment in the Percy Jackson series. Filled with life and death challenges and the usual constant action. Percy and the crew have to go on a quest to stop Gaea from awakening and save the Earth. Well written, keeps you turning the pages.
LibraryThing member JanW.B1
The House of Hades, by Rick Riordan, is the fourth book in the Heroes of Olympus series. In the last book, Percy and Annabeth had both fallen into Tartarus and the rest of the crew flew in the Argo II towards the House of Hades in Epirus, Greece. They are blocked off by the Apennines in Italy and
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so travel north, around the Apennines and to Bologna and Venice. They then sailed the Adriatic towards Greece, but were attacked by Boreals, the Northern Winds, which Piper defeated. However, the ship was still blown way off course and Leo Valdez was thrown far into the sky, landing in Ogygia. There, he meets Calypso, who is an immortal stranded on her island, and cursed by men who she will fall in love with, but they will not stay with her. Leo falls in love with her and promises to return; he then sails to Malta, where his friends meet up with him. They then finally get to the House of Hades. Meanwhile, Percy and Annabeth go through Tartarus to the Doors of Death, with help from Bob, formerly Iapetus, Titan of the West, and Damasen, a giant meant to be the opposite of Ares. They manage to go through the Doors of Death, cut their chains, and get back to the surface. Bob and Damasen stay, fighting Tartarus himself. On the surface, the rest of the heroes are separated, as only Hazel and Leo get to the other side of the Doors of Death, defeating Pasiphae and Clytius, with some help from Hecate and the other demigods, who defeated an army of monsters after Hazel and Leo were separated from the rest. Finally, Rayna, who gets to Greece by her Pegasus, Frank, and Nico transport the Athena Parthenos, a statue that will bring peace to the warring demigods, back home, while the rest of the heroes goes to Athens to confront Gaea.
I have been a fan of Percy Jackson books for a while. I love the series and everything that it teaches you about Greek mythology. This book was really great, probably the best in the Heroes of Olympus series. It had its humor, but it also could be very serious. Also, it didn't have all the stuff about Gaea being in your dreams, which always freaked me out a bit. This book was just pure fun. I really can't wait for the Blood of Olympus, which looks like it's going to be the last book in the series. Those are the reasons for my five stars.
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LibraryThing member TomasJefferson
The House of Hades is an excellent book in which it starts exactly where the third book leaves off. Percy and Annabeth are still in Tartarus and their Roman friends are not doing as well either. Gaea is almost ready to awake from her slumber and the demigods will have no chance of winning the war
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if that happens. Hecate provides much needed help throughout this book and Nico must finally face his fears. Sadly, many of Percys friends die in this book and Percy must make sure their sacrifices were worth it. All seven of the demigods become stronger in this book and if you want to know if Gaea and Tartarus or the demigods win, you should read this book!
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