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

The House of Hades

The Heroes of Olympus : Book 4

Hardcover Published: 11th December 2018
ISBN: 9781423146728
Number Of Pages: 597
For Ages: 9+ 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 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?

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.

Industry Reviews

"Fans won't be disappointed as the cliff-hanger ending from the previous book, The Mark of Athena, leads to further exciting adventures by the intrepid demigods in this penultimate book in the Heroes of Olympus series. Annabeth and Percy have fallen down into Tantarus, and they must fight off the attacks from the monsters stuck there long enough to find the Doors of Death. The other five demigods must get to Eprius in Greece, find the House of Hades to open the Doors of Death on the mortal side, save Annabeth and Percy, and seal the entrance to stop Gaea's forces from escaping into the mortal world and destroying it. The Gods are incapacitated by their Greek and Roman personalities warring with one another, and the demigods from Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter are on the verge of an all-out war. As Annabeth and Percy struggle to survive Tantarus's poisonous atmosphere and creatures, the other demigods must undergo harsh trials particularly Hazel, Frank, and Leo, but they learn and grow mentally and physically from their experiences. The heroes realize that they cannot change their parentage but they can control their legacy. While more serious than the previous titles, there are lighthearted moments here, many involving a farting polecat. The horrifying monsters are nicely balanced by peace-loving Titan Bob, a skeleton calico cat called Small Bob, and gentle giant Damasen. Fans will be thrilled to know the series continues with The Blood of Olympus." - Sharon Rawlins, School Library Journal

"Having plunged into Tartarus at the end of the last book, The Mark of Athena, Percy and Annabeth struggle toward the Doors of Death, while their friends hurry to meet them on the other side at the titular House of Hades. Riordan is most successful in his evocation of Tartarus and its hellish, monster-infested landscape. Without lightening his heroes' miseries in any way, the author provides a helper and necessary mood-lifter in the person of Iapetus/Bob, the Titan whose memory Percy had obliterated with the waters of Lethe in a previous adventure. Now Hades' janitor, Bob, along with a skeletal saber-tooth kitten he names Small Bob, joins Percy and Annabeth on their trek, causing them both to plumb unexpected moral depths. Meanwhile, on board (and off) the Argo II, Jason, Piper, Leo, Hazel and Frank similarly must come to understand themselves better in order to accomplish the tasks set before them (though not to equal extents). Though Riordan doesn't stint on action or laughs (fart jokes abound, and a tart-tongued Calypso is a special treat), readers may find themselves appreciating these moments of contemplation all the more for the depth of characterization they reveal. The denouement finds the demigods poised for the final battle with Gaea and her minions; they have exactly 14 days to save the world. In this adventure, victories are hard-won and the essence of bravery nuanced, making the journey as satisfying as it is entertaining." - Kirkus Reviews

"For Percy Jackson fans, it's been a long year since the cliffhanger at the end of The Mark of Athena. Now Riordan picks up the story and carries it to a rewarding conclusion, with the main set of characters reunited and preparing themselves for the final showdown with Gaea. Throughout the book, Percy and Annabeth make their harrowing way through the underworld to the Doors of Death. Meanwhile, Hazel, Leo, Frank, Piper, Jason, Nico, and Reyna endure their own perils, all the way through to the story's climax. In addition to experiencing growth spurts, several of the teen demigods take significant steps toward understanding their powers, accepting their feelings, trusting each other, and taking responsibility for leadership. Adventure fans will relish the action as their heroes confront formidable foes, while readers who have come to love the characters will enjoy following the different individuals as they take the stage in scenes that are usually dramatic, often witty, and occasionally surprising. A satisfying, penultimate entry in the Heroes of Olympus series." - Carolyn Phelan, Booklist

ISBN: 9781423146728
ISBN-10: 1423146727
Series: Rick Riordan Titles
Audience: Children
For Ages: 9+ years old
For Grades: 4+
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 597
Published: 11th December 2018
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.6  x 4.5
Weight (kg): 0.81

Rick Riordan

About the Author


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 honoring 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’sTres 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.

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.”

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