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  Heroes of Olympus #4: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Review by: Samuel O.
California, Grade 6

I have never been to Tartarus, but Rick Riordan made me feel like I was there in a terrible time, watching Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase stumble along, drinking fire, while monsters are regenerating all to quick. The Doors of Death are chained in place, so all monsters can get out easily, and make it harder for Percy and Annabeth. Not only that, but Tartarus himself is becoming more humanoid than ever. From a leafless black tree and a Titanís silver hair to a sheer glacier and a giant turtle, Rick Riordan describes everything!

There are many reasons why I love this book, but one of the main reasons is the creatures. You can find nearly every Greek and Roman being, evil and good, exotic and plain. There are mountain gods, protecting their land by throwing huge boulders, and cloud nymphs, nice as can be. As Jason, Piper, Frank, Hazel, Leo, and Nico journey to Greece where the Doors of Death await, Percy and Annabeth are barely surviving their own journey through Tartarus.


While Hazel is learning to use the Mist, a magical power that makes people see what they want to see, Percy and Annabeth are shrouded in the Death Mist, the exact opposite. As the Argo II sails through the sky and cuts through the water, Leo is stranded on an uncharted and magical island with Calypso, a goddess who doesnít want anything to do with him when he arrives.


Percy and Annabeth seek help from the gods, but instead they get a brainwashed Titan named Bob and a skeleton cat as their only friends. When they do find a god, it isnít exactly one they want to meet. On the much more habitable surface, the 5 remaining on the Argo II are running into more gods then they can handle. With action, adventure, and suspense, The House of Hades is an amazing read.

Another reason I liked this book was because of the detailed descriptions.

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