Book Review: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4)The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Note: I was awaiting the release of the book for so long.

The House of Hades is the fourth book of The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan. The seven demigods/heroes in the prophecy continues to strive and stop Gaea, the evil earth-goddess, from rising. The two heroes- Percy and Annabeth had fallen in the abyss of Tartarus and now they are fighting their way to the heart of the bottomless pit in order to reach the gate of death. Meanwhile, the other five heroes- Leo, Piper, Jason, Frank and Hazel are finding their way to the House of Hades, where exists the mortal side of the gate of death. They have to close both the sides, in order to stop the giants and monsters they kill, from regenerating and returning to the mortal world rapidly.

With a vast array of Greek and Roman mythological characters, the book makes an enthralling read.

What I liked about the book?

1. The pace of the book is impressive. The events take place much faster as compared to the previous three books of this series.

2. It is always brilliant to envision the mythological characters in a new light and Riordan presents it really well.

3. The story carries on with some nice twists and turns. There are the difficulties, every hero has to face in his/her quest. With multiple narrations, one gets idea of the things that are happening at different places, all at once and gives unique points of view.

4. The writing style is easy to read, which is alright because it is a young adult series.

5. The character sketch is interesting.

What I didn’t like about the book?

1. The seven different narrations made it quite tedious because of the rapid shift in points of view, making it cumbersome to keep up with the story.

2. The character sketch, though interesting, is not strong. The actions of the characters are not anticipatory and quite extraordinary to vision. It might be said that the characters are dynamic but there must always a limit to it, which this book lacks.

Overall, the story is enjoyable. It is the most fun book in this series(The Heroes of Olympus). I thoroughly enjoyed Percy Jackson and the Olympians series but I hadn’t got a similar experience in the previous three books of this series. But this book actually revives what I liked about this modern day rendition of Greek mythology.

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