Author: Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus
Published October 8th 2013 by Hyperion Books
At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?
They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.
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This book is as adventurous as its predecessors. I loved it. I can only imagine the sacrifices, love and loss of these brave demigods. Riordan impresses us yet again! A great read! And oh Nico! I feel for him deeply but admire his honesty.
All the characters grow and learn so much from these trials they face. Percy and Annabeth learning consequences and sacrifice. Leo, Nico, Jason and Frank love and trust. Hazel and Piper confidence. So much to take away form these great characters. This book brings Leo a possible girl... Frank faces many challenges in this book and possible changes the most.
Bob! *tear* The final scene in Tartarus is gut wrenching. Some choices are hard to make and even harder to live with. I admire Riordan for putting tough choices, strong love, and life with loss in his books. While its fiction we get real life emotions and friendship.
Again Riordan brings life to these classic mythological stories, putting a modern spin. I love his style and story lines. I can not wait an entire year for the next installment... At least this book doesn't end on the mother of all cliff hangers as Mark of Athena did. :)