Heroes of Olympus – The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

UK BoOYep, this is sooo teenage stuff, but that’s what’s great about reading. You can either be a fifty year old reading Dr. Seuss or you can be a 4th grader reading Shakespeare. BOOKS are classified by genre or according to age group, but the desire to explore with our minds can never limit us because of the category. (And actually this is a BOOK for young adults so I guess I’m still in).

As a former teacher who taught Greek myths in middle school (and using it as a bedtime story for his son), it’s no surprise that Rick Riordan has such a knack in making up stories about them. He started with the Greek gods with his Percy Jackson series, and with his Heroes of Olympus series he made sure that the Roman counterparts gets recognized as well.

The Blood of Olympus is the final chapter to the Heroes of Olympus series. It’s the story of young demigods on their journey to unite the Greeks and Romans, to SAVE the world from the vengeful Earth Mother, Gaia.

If you’re not ready to have your Greek mythology Disney version shattered, I do not suggest that you read this book because it would ruin your childhood. But apart from that issue, Riordan’s works are highly recommendable. The way he mixes humor in the story is absolutely effortless, and I’m not sure if I’m just touchy but there are points when you can actually feel the characters’ emotions.

After the Harry Potter series, I thought my happiness was over, but this was definitely something that could match up. It’s one of those books that just become part of your life and makes your daily commute to anywhere worthwhile. Unfortunately, every story has its ending. I was pretty satisfied with how he closed the series, although I still wanted more, some things just needed to end.

I’m sad that it’s over, but I’m glad that I got the chance to read it. This is one of those books that entertains you and educates you at the same time. Learning about the Greek and Roman mythology from this book also taught me a bit more about their history, and inspired me to know more about the rich history of the ancient civilization.

If you want to know more about Rick Riordan  and his other works just click here.


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