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Guest Review: The House of Hades

October 26, 2013

The House of Hades

Twelve year old Ryan‘s been busy with school and sports but has still managed to make time to read.  Rick Riordan is his favorite author so couldn’t resist reading and reviewing his newest book, The House of Hades.  Here are Ryan’s thoughts:

In this fourth installation, from the Heroes of Olympus series, we once again join the Heroes of Olympus on an exciting journey.  Rick Riordan weaves the worlds of Greek and Roman mythology together in this exhilarating book.

It would be a long shot to save their friends Percy and Annabeth, much less save the world.  After being split up from the most important members of their team, they must travel across the world to save Percy and Annabeth from Tartarus. They face many obstacles along the way, and worst of all they have deadline.  If they are unable to make it in time everyone dies.  As for Percy and Annabeth, they will have to face everything from Giants to the oldest of Titans. Even if they get lucky and survive, they must trust their friends to get to Greece in time. Past characters will come to their aid, but even with help the chances are small. With more books yet to come, the friends still have their biggest challenge to face.

Rick Riordan wrote this book expertly mixing together thrilling and sad moments to make a great story.  I loved the characters; he made the personalities of each character memorable with unique traits. Yet, the characters complement each other to make a great team. Since this is the fourth book in the series, you may want to read the other books first so you will not be lost when the book starts out. However, there is a short summary of previous events at the beginning. I think this book would be good for anyone ages 10 and up. This book will be especially captivating if you enjoy mythology and moments of suspense.

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. October 26, 2013 5:54 am

    I watched the first movie 🙂 Watchable

  2. October 26, 2013 7:48 am

    Great review, Ryan! I bet I’d love these books.

  3. October 26, 2013 8:39 am

    I’ve heard so much about Rick Riordan but haven’t read any yet. I need to do that!

  4. October 26, 2013 10:12 am

    Great review, Ryan! My daughter is curled up with House of Hades right now, as I type! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  5. October 26, 2013 10:55 am

    Perfect timing for this awesome review. Bravo, Ryan. I’m ordering these for my grand niece as a gift. Thank you.

  6. October 26, 2013 11:04 am

    Well-written review, Ryan! I will look into this series for my son who likes suspense books.

  7. October 26, 2013 12:16 pm

    Great review by Ryan!

  8. October 26, 2013 1:54 pm

    Nice review Ryan. I enjoy Greek and Roman mythology. This is the first I’ve heard of this series.

  9. Patty permalink
    October 26, 2013 2:05 pm

    I love seeing the movies more than I like reading the books!

  10. Murhl Blessing permalink
    October 26, 2013 3:34 pm

    Thanks Ryan, good review. I hope when you read the rest of the series, you will let us know how you like each one.

  11. October 26, 2013 9:08 pm

    Wonderful review, Ryan! This does sound like a great story. 🙂

  12. October 26, 2013 10:00 pm

    My grandson is just starting to read and enjoy the Rick Riordan books. This was a good review!

  13. October 28, 2013 10:58 am

    sounds like a good one; i wonder if Anna’s daughter would like this one.

  14. October 29, 2013 9:49 pm

    I’ve heard so many great things about this author that I really should give him a try.

  15. bookingmama permalink
    October 30, 2013 6:16 pm

    I think Ryan has a future in book reviewing. This is excellent!

  16. November 4, 2013 11:00 am

    I love Ryan’s reviews. He always makes me want to read these books.

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