Rick Riordan is back in the fourth installment of his epic series The Heroes of Olympus. After the literal cliffhanger of MARK OF ATHENA, THE HOUSE OF HADES takes off running, never leaving the reader with a spare breath and taking you on a journey you will never forget.

“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 from 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?”

To describe this book in one word would be, wow. I was very excited to read this book, and was not disappointed. Riordan’s writing makes me forget the real world and get lost in this magical world, giving you the thought that maybe, just maybe, it could be real.

Riordan’s writing makes me forget the real world…

I am personally a huge Percy and Annabeth, (Percabeth), fan. I loved their journey through Tartarus and was sad whenever I ended their section. But then it went through the views of the other members of the Seven and I was hooked again. It was exciting and made you want even more from these characters you are still learning about. Leo has quickly become my favorite new character and I just want to go and give that guy a giant hug. He is amazing. His brief four chapters in the middle made me love him even more. Honestly, I could have read twenty more chapters of his adventures. Yet, every character has cemented a place in my heart. Characters I wasn’t that fond of in the beginning became someone I loved through the book. The depth Riordan goes with these characters is amazing. Even Nico, who we have known and loved since the original series has a development that makes me even more interested in his story.

While I loved every second of this book, I believe a warning for parents is needed. This is not a children’s book. Don’t let the bookstores fool you. This is a Young Adult book and is not suitable for young readers. My suggestion if you are wondering if it is right for your child: Read it yourself. These books speak to many generations and even adults will enjoy these. Goodness, I am a 20 year-old college student and I love them. Read the books and not only will you know if these books are good for your child, but you will connect to them in a way only books can do.

Overall, this book is another fantastic example of Riordan’s brilliance. It is a solid continuation of the series that answers some questions and asks even more to set up the final book that I can already tell will be an epic finale. Do yourself a favor and read this book. Then cry over your feels and read it again. Don’t worry, it is inevitable. And you are not alone. Welcome to the Percy Jackson Fandom. Enjoy your stay.

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About the Reviewer

Tierney Linton
Tierney is a teacher, student, nanny, babysitter, writer, and avid reader. She is attending University of Utah pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education that she can use to enhance her teaching at Dancing Moose Montessori School where she works currently. She also nanny's three amazing children, and reads and writes in her spare time. You can find her at