When it does, I’m going to re-read the first three all over again because there were so many details I only vaguely recalled AND their just fun reads! (Although this might not happen as The House of Hades‘ scheduled publication is August 2013, but I hope to get the chance!)
From what I do recall from the first two books, this is definitely more action packed and definitely not lacking. However, in the end it was just as much a tease as the others. For the entire book I held out hope that some of the major plot lines of the series would be wrapped up, but only one of them was (which was definitely nice). I was, however, very glad that the seven demigods from the prophecy were finally together and the teen angst in the book definitely added to the plot (although I’ve yet to read an author who does teen angst as well as J.K. Rowling).
What’s great is Riordan is slowly perfecting his new style of writing (third person narration) and I think he’s improved over the last few of his novels. In addition he’s stuck with his strengths of weaving disparate stories (and cultures) together and creating a crazy cacophony of non-stop action.
As I mentioned in the previous reviews I’m less familiar with Roman mythology so I definitely use these as a learning experience. For instance learning about what happened to Athena/Minerva was fascinating. I’m not actually sure how much of it is true, but I’m assuming more of it is historically accurate than not.
The ending was both awesome and lacking. It wasn’t what I wanted, but is the perfect set-up for the next book. I do think he could have made it a bit more traumatic for the reader by not revealing so much in the few chapters before, but I (think) I understand Riordan’s thought process considering the book’s intended audience.
Recommendation: Although I don’t think this series is as strong as the first or as creative as Michael Scott’s The Immortal Secrets of Nicholas Flamel series, I would definitely recommend it. It’s great at what it does and is an amazing blend of history, modern technology and teenage awesomeness.
Opening Line: “Until she met the exploding statue, Annabeth thought she was prepared for anything.”
Closing Line: “‘Festus, raise the sails. WE’ve got some friends to save.'” (Whited out.)