Title: Heroes of Olympus: The Blood of Olympus
Author: Rick Riordan
Page Count/Review Word Count: 520
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
This book is the last book in the best-selling Percy Jackson series, and in many ways it’s a surprise that I haven’t already read any of the other books in the series. I must admit that I was a bit hesitant to start right at the end of the series, but when I was offered a book to review I decided it would be foolish to pass up the opportunity.
It turns out that I shouldn’t have worried – I found it easy to slip in to the series even so late in to it, and it’s clear that Riordan has put effort in to make new readers feel welcome rather than simply assuming that you already know everything so far, as most authors seem to do.
Loosely speaking, for those who haven’t heard of the Percy Jackson series before, it follows a group of gods and demi gods who live in modern times – in this book, the final war begins, and a winner is declared forever. Of course, I’m not going to tell you who that winner is, but rest assured that it’s an interesting journey.
I read this book as part of my 24-hour charity readathon, and even though I was starting to flag a bit by the time that I started reading this, it was enjoyable enough. There were plenty of twists and turns in the plot as well, although I occasionally found it difficult to follow it – it’s because there are such a wealth of characters for the author to choose from, and sometimes it can be hard to remember who’s who. Perhaps that’s a problem that’s specific to people who are new to the series – who knows?
This is a popular book for the kids of today, the equivalent to Harry Potter that my generation never got to experience. I enjoyed my little dip in to the series, but I probably wouldn’t read the rest of it, especially now that I know how it ends. It’s the sort of book that will only really appeal to a certain audience, although that’s usually all you need – it’s probably not the best book to read as an adult if you haven’t read the rest of the series, but it’s definitely worth giving it a go if you’re a little bit younger.
And so while I find it hard to find anything to mark this down with, it still earns a low-ish mark overall just because it somehow doesn’t feel right. I find that I always know whether a novel is going to hit the spot for me, and even if I stick with a book in the hope of a surprise that will change my mind, it doesn’t always happen. The Blood of Olympus is a cracking book, it’s just not the right book, nor was it the right series, for me.