Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Teen Review: Series Ender

Blood of Olympus
by Rick Riordan
608 pages
Series: Heroes of Olympus
Reading Level: Middle School - High School

Reviewed by R.M., grade ??


As the last book of the Heroes of Olympus series (the continuation of the Percy Jackson series), this book wraps up nine books’ worth of events with fast-paced action from start to finish. This one follows Percy Jackson’s team of seven demigods as they take the fight to Gaea in the heart of Greece, all while the Greek and Roman demigod camps are facing their own problems. This book sees both sides of the war go all-out in a battle between good and evil.


Just like any of Mr. Riordan’s work, Blood of Olympus is a perfect blend of action, drama, and humor. The farther you go in any of his series, the more likely it is for the book to be riddled with running jokes referencing his previous works. Just like any good author, Mr. Riordan has a sense of the dramatic, and it works perfectly with this particular series. However, this and the other books of the series got a little predictable as the story line progressed. There were fewer and fewer plot twists, and the characters’ motives were easy to understand, even those who are supposedly “hidden.” Another thing that makes it predictable is the fact that the heroes always seem to end up just fine, no matter how complicated their obstacles. The series almost always relies on last-minute saves from third parties, to the point that even when a character describes what they’ll be up against in the not-too-distant future, I as a reader get less and less worried and therefore, get less hooked by the series as it progresses.

At best, this book is recommended to middle to high school kids who aren’t yet accustomed to having their fictional characters harmed.

Rating: 3.8

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