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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Book Group (Oct. 8 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423146727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423146728
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.8 x 21.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A cracking read Sunday Express Explosive Big Issue Action-packed Telegraph --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Rick Riordan(www.rickriordan.com) is the author of the # 1New York Timesbest-sellingThe Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero;The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two: The Son of Neptune;The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three: The Mark of Athena; the#1 New York Timesbest-sellingKane Chronicles;andthe five books in the #1New York Timesbest-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 14 2013
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"The House of Hades" is the fourth in Rick Riordan's "Heroes of Olympus" sequence, with one more book to come. In it, our intrepid demigods, having barely survived the events of the previous book ("The Mark of Athena"), are now separated: Percy and Annabeth are stranded in Tartarus, with the intention of closing the Doors of Death from that end, while Leo, Frank, Hazel, Nico, Piper and Jason are traveling to Greece in this world to find the other side of the Doors of Death to close them as well. All this to prevent the Earth Goddess, Gaea, from awakening and utterly destroying the human world; but of course Gaea has champions of her own, including her multitudinous offspring, the Titans and giants, all set on stopping our heroes from reaching their goals.... As ever with this series, it's vital that the reader know the previous three volumes before proceeding to this one, but if you have, you will once again be treated to breakneck pacing, adventures all over the place and moments of arch teenage hilarity (and angst). How Riordan's characters survive all their ordeals is beyond me, but it's a fun journey to embark upon, and I'm looking forward to the conclusion in "The Blood of Olympus," due in the Fall of 2014. Recommended (with the caveat of needing to read the series in sequence)!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gregazon on Nov. 5 2013
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Excellent book. Number four in the series. I started reading the Percy Jackson series and got hooked. Seen both movies now too. I am a 45 year old husband and father and started reading teen books to monitor what the kids were reading. Teen books are very engaging and now I read them regularly. Thanks amazon for your quick service and great prices, enabling me to own this fun series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pure Jonel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Nov. 3 2013
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I love how Riordan takes actual Greek myths and continues them into the present day. He paints a picture that brings the old and the new together into a single, seamless reality. This story has some good laughs, some thoughtful moments, a few times that tug at your heart, and lots of adventure and suspense.

This novel is much more emotionally intense with more real life growing pains for the characters than its predecessors. Riordan works just enough allusion to the previous novel to jog your memory without recapping the entire story. He continues his tale in a very vivid manner. Riordan’s descriptions make you feel like you’re watching a movie, rather than reading a novel. You are able to visualise each and every element of this phenomenal tale. He incorporates brilliant battle scenes into the novel are exciting without being gory.

Seeing the views of the different characters means that there isn’t 1 or 2 main characters, but rather many. Each is equally important and uniquely developed. You really get to know the various characters in depth throughout the series. I love how they continue to grow both as individuals and as a team. Through his brilliant character development Riordan shows that even the gods have a touch of humanity.

The way that Riordan writes you don’t have to try to immerse yourself in the story. Riordan’s fun, approachable writing style draws you in. Overall, this is a brilliant read for pre-teens and up. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone. It is a phenomenal addition to the series, but you’ll really enjoy it more if you read the rest of the series first. I completely enjoyed this riveting tale and can’t wait for more from this brilliant author.
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By Divine Anthony on Dec 17 2013
Format: Hardcover
“House of Hades” is Rick Riordan’s fourth book in the hero’s of Olympus series. The story is a continuation of the previous book “mark of Athena” where a plan to close the doors of death (to enable immortal monsters to die for periods of time) was created as a result of Percy and Annabeth falling into the pit of Tartarus. As Leo, Frank, Haze, Nico, Piper, and Jason struggle on their own part to close doors of death in the mortal world, Percy and Annabeth give their best to survive the depths of Tartarus, where they meet some old faces that they have sent to the exact place they are in the past and discover some chilling realities of the Greek universe; of course, while trying to complete their part of the mission. The story is action packed and vastly educates the readers on Greek mythology. Riordan’s brilliant sense of humour is also a great plus to the reader’s experience. The only flaw if you can even count it (since this is a series) is that readers who haven’t read the previous books might find it hard to understand some of the connections the characters make. Overall, it is a well written book that is not only fun but also somewhat educational to read. I look forward to read the next book “blood of Olympus” coming fall 2014.
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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 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? 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.

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.
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