The Blood of Olympus (Book 5) by Rick Riordan

Title: The Blood of Olympus, 5th book of Heroes of Olympus

Author: Rick Riordan
Number of Pages: 502
If you liked: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Song: Don't by Ed Sheeran

Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it "might" be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.
What to say... This book disappointing me quite a bit.
I really, really, really want to like this book, I just can't. For a multitude of reasons actually. The characters were a little plain, the plot was a little too happy and boring. Like yes, it was cute, I'll give you that, but I just really didn't like this book, and to think that I stayed up all night to read it too. Rick Riordan, you had one damn job...

I think half of the reason is because it was like Rick Riordan just gave up, and wrote what his readers wanted to see. In this book, we see Percy being boring. Yes, you heard me, boring. He's not the awesome seaweed brain we know. Like you know how Percabeth were planning for the future in the past few books? Yes? Ok, so it was really cute, and I really did want to see them end up together, but then Rick Riordan takes all my dreams at point blank range and shoots them 1 by 1. What about an epilogue? Damn... I really want an epilogue.

The ending for this book was terrible, not gonna lie. It just resolved, and it was waaaaaaaaaaay happier than I expected it to be. And yes, that's a good thing.
 But then again, it kinda just killed a book. If something really bad had happened, yes, I would've hated Rick Riordan so much, but right now, I don't even know what I can say other than the ending sucked crap. 

So why don't we talk about Nico for a bit, I feel like he's been a little under appreciated the past couple books, but really, he's freakin awesome. So in this book, we see him come a little out of the shell that we know as Nico, like, he's actually aggressively doing stuff. So in this book we see him bond a little bit with Reyna (I know right, totally unexpected) and he meets someone else. YES. I KNOW, HE MEETS SOMEONE ELSE. NEED I SAY MORE?

Let's also talk about the prophecy for a sec. If you've read the previous books, you'll know how much hype Mr. Riordan built up around it. In this book, all that just dies. The way you get the "Blood of Olympus" to be spilled for Gaea to rise is so anti-climatic. That part just made me facedesk a bunch of times. 

So all in all, this book was terrible. I'm sorry, but I just can't say anything good about it. I was so excited for this book... At least I got a 3-D bookmark from Indigo :D


  1. I think that if Rick Riordan had made it a sad ending like you said; we'd all hate him right now, but I think it was overly positive and being devastated would be better than unsatisfied because then at least it would be a strong emotion. Completely agree with you there, great review :)

    1. Thanks Anna! This book is still a must-read though, for all the Half-Bloods out there.


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