The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan
Publication: October 8th, 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy
Hazel stands at a crossroads. She and the remaining crew of the Argo II could return home with the Athena Parthenos statue and try to stop Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter from going to war. Or they could continue their quest to find the House of Hades, where they might be able to open the Doors of Death, rescue their friends Percy and Annabeth from Tartarus, and prevent monsters from being reincarnated in the mortal world. Whichever road they decide to take, they have to hurry, because time is running out. Gaea, the bloodthirsty Earth Mother, has set the date of August 1 for her rise to power.
Annabeth and Percy are overwhelmed. How will the two of them make it through Tartarus? Starving, thirsty, and in pain, they are barely able to stumble on in the dark and poisonous landscape that holds new horrors at every turn. They have no way of locating the Doors of Death. Even if they did, a legion of Gaea’s strongest monsters guards the Doors on the Tartarus side. Annabeth and Percy can’t exactly launch a frontal assault.
Despite the terrible odds, Hazel, Annabeth, Percy, and the other demigods of the prophecy know that there is only one choice: to attempt the impossible. Not just for themselves, but for everyone they love. Even though love can be the riskiest choice of all.
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With Annabeth and Percy in Tartarus, the rest of the gang must make the journey to the other side of the Doors of Death if they have any hope of saving them. The journey is not easy and they have a long way to go. Gaea does not make it easy to get there stirring up trouble and strife along the way with the help of the pesky giants as well. The crew grows closer together and learn to really work as a unit until the waking of Gaea.
The Heroes of Olympus are now split up. Jason, Piper, Hazel, Leo, Frank, and Nico are on their way to one side of the Doors of Death while Annabeth and Percy are going through Tartarus. Then Reyna is traveling to them so she can get to the Athena Parthenos. I won’t explain everything about them because it would seem silly. Hazel learns to control the mist and wield her powers in new ways. Frank learns what it means to be a child of Mars and accepts that about himself to become a true Roman leader. Leo learns how important he is to the whole gang and even discovers a new love. We learn that Percy is the one person Nico loved the most and that he had a crush on him. This secret makes known why he always ran from the camps and why he felt that no one would accept him. He is still struggling with himself but Jason does not let him struggle alone. Reyna learns to trust the Greeks and goes on her own quest against the wishes of her Roman companions. Annabeth and Percy face the worst things down in Tartarus. They grow as people during this time but mostly they grow closer. They survive something impossible and come close to death numerous times. Percy is truly powerful and it is amazing.
“It’s natural to feel fear.” The war god’s voice was surprisingly warm, full of pride. “All great warriors are afraid. Only the stupid and the delusional are not. But you faced your fear, my son. You did what you had to do, like Horatius. This was your bridge, and you defended it.
“And please, I don’t like being touched. Don’t ever grab me again.”
“Nothing?” Favonius cried. “The one you care for most…plunged into Tartarus, and still you will not allow the truth?”