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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (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: 4.5 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 5-8 Fans won't be disappointed as the cliff-hanger ending from the previous book, The Mark of Athena (Hyperion, 2012), leads to further exciting adventures by the intrepid demigods in this penultimate book in the "Heroes of Olympus" series. Annabeth and Percy have fallen down into Tantarus, and they must fight off the attacks from the monsters stuck there long enough to find the Doors of Death. The other five demigods must get to Eprius in Greece, find the House of Hades to open the Doors of Death on the mortal side, save Annabeth and Percy, and seal the entrance to stop Gaea's forces from escaping into the mortal world and destroying it. The Gods are incapacitated by their Greek and Roman personalities warring with one another, and the demigods from Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter are on the verge of an all-out war. As Annabeth and Percy struggle to survive Tantarus's poisonous atmosphere and creatures, the other demigods must undergo harsh trials particularly Hazel, Frank, and Leo, but they learn and grow mentally and physically from their experiences. The heroes realize that they cannot change their parentage but they can control their legacy. While more serious than the previous titles, there are lighthearted moments here, many involving a farting polecat. The horrifying monsters are nicely balanced by peace-loving Titan Bob, a skeleton calico cat called Small Bob, and gentle giant Damasen. Fans will be thrilled to know the series continues with The Blood of Olympus in 2014. Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton SLJ"

Having plunged into Tartarus at the end of the last book, The Mark of Athena (2013), Percy and Annabeth struggle toward the Doors of Death, while their friends hurry to meet them on the other side at the titular House of Hades. Riordan is most successful in his evocation of Tartarus and its hellish, monster-infested landscape. Without lightening his heroes' miseries in any way, the author provides a helper and necessary mood-lifter in the person of Iapetus/Bob, the Titan whose memory Percy had obliterated with the waters of Lethe in a previous adventure. Now Hades' janitor, Bob, along with a skeletal saber-tooth kitten he names Small Bob, joins Percy and Annabeth on their trek, causing them both to plumb unexpected moral depths. Meanwhile, on board (and off) the Argo II, Jason, Piper, Leo, Hazel and Frank similarly must come to understand themselves better in order to accomplish the tasks set before them (though not to equal extents). Though Riordan doesn't stint on action or laughs (fart jokes abound, and a tart-tongued Calypso is a special treat), readers may find themselves appreciating these moments of contemplation all the more for the depth of characterization they reveal. The denouement finds the demigods poised for the final battle with Gaea and her minions; they have exactly 14 days to save the world. In this adventure, victories are hard-won and the essence of bravery nuanced, making the journey as satisfying as it is entertaining. (Fantasy. 10-14) Kirkus"

For Percy Jackson fans, it's been a long year since the cliffhanger at the end of The Mark of Athena(2012). Now Riordan picks up the story and carries it to a rewarding conclusion, with the main set of characters reunited and preparing themselves for the final showdown with Gaea. Throughout the book, Percy and Annabeth make their harrowing way through the underworld to the Doors of Death. Meanwhile, Hazel, Leo, Frank, Piper, Jason, Nico, and Reyna endure their own perils, all the way through to the story's climax. In addition to experiencing growth spurts, several of the teen demigods take significant steps toward understanding their powers, accepting their feelings, trusting each other, and taking responsibility for leadership. Adventure fans will relish the action as their heroes confront formidable foes, while readers who have come to love the characters will enjoy following the different individuals as they take the stage in scenes that are usually dramatic, often witty, and occasionally surprising. A satisfying, penultimate entry in the Heroes of Olympus series. - Carolyn Phelan Booklist Online"

About the Author

Rick Riordan (www.rickriordan.com) is the author of the # 1 New York Times best-selling The 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 Times best-selling Kane Chronicles; and the five books in the #1 New York Times best-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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"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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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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By 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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“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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