Book reviews

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

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Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them, and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake. The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance

Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it might be able to stop a war between the two camps. The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. 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.

As a fangirl, I can’t help saying . . . IT’S HERE!!!
We’ve waited VERY long for this. We’ve waited to find out about Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Hazel, Frank, Nico and Reyna. I’ve admired all of their character developments, their amount of bravery and intelligence in risky and dangerous situations and the fierce friendship that binds them all.
My rating: 95%

Spoilers

As the books from Rick Riordan normally start, this book went straight to the action and Jason’s perspective. I was very surprised that we didn’t get any POVs from Percy or Annabeth since they’re vital characters that all the other characters admire and I was upset that we didn’t get to read that. Instead, we got two more perspectives that we’ve never heard of; Nico and Reyna. And I LOVED their POVs. We got to really know them, Reyna’s haunting past and Nico’s demons. We got to know the depths of their characters. We’re so used to seeing them from other characters and how they are seen or what they say but when reading from their heads, I got this feeling that everything came full circle. Reyna’s past is something I never expected. Learning about the importance of her family clan and her father’s anger and obsession made me empathize her and also admire her, HUGELY. In my eyes, she’s a true leader. She kept her demons to herself so that she could fulfill her responsibilities. I think that Reyna and Nico bonded together really well and it allowed them to express their troubles and share their burdens together. They shared energy and because they were both lonely souls; Nico pushed everyone away because of Bianca’s death and Reyna was rejected by Jason and was burdened by Aphrodite’s words that she would never find love, they were both able to grow as a person and overcome their emotional challenges. From that Nico, finds a potential partner: Will and I think the strength he gained from Reyna allowed him to confess his old crush to Percy. Percy’s reaction was pretty funny.

Jason.
I never really got why everyone liked him. In the past books, he was either knocked out or useless during all the battles. But in this book, he still got injured but his character developed more. He figured out that he wasn’t meant to be praetor and lead armies into battle but meant to be the person to heal the rift between Gods and Demigods. The challenge that he took upon himself to build shrines and dedicate them to the minor gods in order for them to no longer feel neglected and invisible, I felt that this was the type of person he was supposed to be. He was supposed to be the person who was trustworthy and the peacemaker and everyone felt comfortable with.
In this book, he finally took it upon himself to build his relationship with Piper. He talked with her and made sure that she knew that he was there for her and that she was amazing and strong.
It seemed that quiet rivalry between him and Percy was finally healed. There was no longer that question : Who was the better one? (Percy, of course. But anyway . ..) They worked together and realised that both of them played different roles and that didn’t mean one was better.

Can we please quickly talk about that cute scene between Percy and Annabeth? When they’re at the temple dedicated to Poseidon and Athena and Annabeth mentions how the rift between the two gods started. Then Percy just grabs her close, kisses her and says “That rift is now closed” then he tells her she loves her (“I love you, Wise Girl”).
Let’s say it together . . .

AWWWWW!!!!

It was VERY cute. I can never get enough of Percy Jackson that totally HOT and funny guy!

The thing were waiting for in this book was Leo and Calypso.
It was the cutest thing that Leo was thinking about her 24/7 and tinkering the whole day for ways to get back to her. And when he did reunite with her, I just squealed in happiness. There was that bit when we thought he was dead and I did cry when Piper and Jason talked about him and the hope that he was still alive (and HE WAS).
I just didn’t like how the book ended with the rest of the gang not knowing that Leo was alive (yet). I wanted full closure that everyone was together and everything was alright.

Some quick comments:
Piper and Annabeth’s building friendship in this book was amazing. They both complimented each other; one emotional and the other logical. I felt that they were a GREAT monster fighting team.
Frank and Hazel, I wanted to see more of them in this book but we got to see Hazel’s budding Mist powers and I was SO PROUD!

In conclusion, this book was a great!
I just can’t believe that the tales of Percy Jackson are over. I’ve spent so many years reading about him and laughing at his humour and clutching my blanket when I thought something was going to happen.
But now, it’s over.
It’s like Harry Potter, all over again.
Let’s call this one, Post-Jackson Depresson cuz thats what I have now.
Can you believe it?

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5 thoughts on “The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

  1. Great review! Percy’s reaction to Nico was priceless and aw aw Percabeth and Caleo, so many ships and too many feels. I liked the ending because it was open to interpretation, I mean you never know maybe Leo did reunite with the Demigods eventually.

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