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House of Hades : The Heroes of Olympus : Book 4 - Rick Riordan

House of Hades

The Heroes of Olympus : Book 4

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Published: 8th October 2013
For Ages: 13+ years old
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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.

About the Author

Rick Riordan is a teacher and a writer, and has won many awards for his mystery novels for adults. He says that the idea for Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief first came to him while he was teaching Greek mythology at middle school in San Francisco. But rumour has it that Camp Half Blood actually exists, and Rick spends his summers there recording the adventures of young demigods. Some believe that, to avoid a mass panic among the mortal population, he was forced to swear on the River Styx to present Percy Jackson's story as fiction. Rick lives in Texas (apart from his summers on Half Blood Hill) with his wife and two sons.

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5.0

The sequel we were all waiting for

By Rena

from Melbourne

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Younger Readers

    Comments about House of Hades:

    Okay, so I'd been waiting to read this book since it came out and it'd be so long since the Mark of Athena that I was afraid I'd hyped it up too much for myself and that'd I would be disappointed. The cliff hanger at that last one killed me and I couldn't wait to see what happened next. And it was a total thriller, I loved it, it was everything I wanted. I can't wait for the next one.

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    5.0

    Gripping Bestseller!

    By Anthonyz

    from Sydney, AU

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Older Readers
      • Travel Reading
      • Younger Readers

      Comments about House of Hades:

      Latest hit instalment from the news series sequel to the best-selling Percy Jackson series. Further complications and twists with our adventurers as they journey to the Underworld. Just as good, if not better, than the Kane Chronicles series with an older more adolescent cast -- reflected in the higher page count. Great for younger and older readers who like good-natured fun, thrills and excitement at heart. Love the one-liners! Riordan again serves up a treat!

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      ISBN: 9780141339191
      ISBN-10: 0141339195
      Series: Heroes of Olympus
      Audience: Children
      For Ages: 13+ years old
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 565
      Published: 8th October 2013
      Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5  x 4.5
      Weight (kg): 0.75

      Rick Riordan

      For Rick Riordan, a bedtime story shared with his oldest son was just the beginning of his journey into the world of children’s books.

      Already an award-winning author of mysteries for adults, Riordan, a former teacher, was asked by his son Haley to tell him some bedtime stories about the gods and heroes in Greek mythology. “I had taught Greek myths for many years at the middle school level, so I was glad to comply,” says Riordan. “When I ran out of myths, (Haley) was disappointed and asked me if I could make up something new with the same characters.”

      At the time, Haley had just been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Greek mythology was one of the only subjects that interested the then second-grader in school. Motivated by Haley’s request, Riordan quickly came up with the character of Percy Jackson and told Haley all about “(Percy’s) quest to recover Zeus’s lightning bolt in modern-day America,” says Riordan. “It took about three nights to tell the whole story, and when I was done, Haley told me I should write it out as a book.”

      Despite his busy schedule, Riordan managed to carve some time out of his daily routine to write the first Percy Jackson and the Olympians book, The Lightning Thief. And in deference to his son, Riordan chose to give the character of Percy certain attributes that hit close to home.

      “Making Percy ADHD and dyslexic was my way of honouring the potential of all the kids I’ve known who have those conditions,” says Riordan. “It’s not a bad thing to be different. Sometimes, it’s the mark of being very, very talented. That’s what Percy discovers about himself in The Lightning Thief.”

      Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Riordan started writing as a young adult. He wrote short stories, unsuccessfully submitted a few of those stories for publication, and edited his high school newspaper.

      But he didn’t take writing seriously until after he graduated from college and was teaching in San Francisco. While Riordan and his family (wife Becky and sons Haley and Patrick) enjoyed living in California, he was nostalgic for Texas.

      On an impulse, Riordan decided to try his hand at a mystery novel, which he set in his hometown of San Antonio. Featuring a private-eye/English Ph.D. named Tres Navarre, Big Red Tequila was published to rave reviews in 1997. Today, Riordan’s Tres Navarre series has won the top three awards for the mystery genre—the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Shamus.

      Despite his success in the adult mystery market, writing for children was never far from Riordan’s mind. “Back when I taught middle school and wrote adult mysteries, my students often asked me why I wasn’t writing for kids,” says Riordan. “I never had a good answer for them. It took me a long time to realize they were right. Kids are the audience I know best.”

      Young readers—in addition to reviewers, booksellers, librarians, and educators—agree. Kirkus, in a starred review, called The Lightning Thief “[a] riotously paced quest tale of heroism that questions the realities of our world, family, friendship and loyalty,” while Publishers Weekly praised The Sea of Monsters, book two in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, as “a sequel stronger than (the) compelling debut,” containing “humour, intelligence and expert pacing.” Both titles in the Percy Jackson series have received accolades and awards, and The Lightning Thief has recently been optioned for a feature film.

      “I think kids want the same thing from a book that adults want— a fast-paced story, characters worth caring about, humour, surprises, and mystery.”

      And while it’s obvious that Riordan has a knack for writing for kids, he readily admits that writing for young readers is not that much different than writing for an older audience.

      “I think kids want the same thing from a book that adults want—a fast-paced story, characters worth caring about, humour, surprises, and mystery,” says Riordan. “A good book always keeps you asking questions, and makes you keep turning pages so you can find out the answers.”

      Recently, Riordan made a “reluctant” decision to leave teaching, a career he thoroughly enjoyed, to write full-time. However, he’s keeping his hand in education by conducting lots of author appearances in classrooms across the country, and even some in Europe.

      “I love teaching,” says Riordan. “I love working with kids . . . maybe some day I’ll go back to the classroom. I’m not ready to say it’ll never happen. But for now, the books are keeping me very busy.”

      (From Hyperion Books for Children)

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