The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus Series #5)

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Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen-all of them-and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood-the blood of Olympus-in order to wake. 

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp ...

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Overview

Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen-all of them-and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood-the blood of Olympus-in order to wake. 

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it might be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

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For the heroes of Olympus, it's crunch time. Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Reyna, Nico, and the rest of the crew of the Argo have achieved numerous quests, but earth mother Gaea is demanding a double demigod blood sacrifice so that she can awake. The final novel in Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series not only brings new life to Greek and Roman mythology; it offers satisfying conclusions to a beloved series.

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With only days left to defeat Gaea's giants before the Earth Goddess unleashes her destructive powers upon the world, teen demigods Jason, Piper, Annabeth, Percy, Frank, Leo, Hazel, Nico, and Reyna must deal with troubles on multiple fronts. Some focus on Athens, where Gaea will rise from her sleep to destroy the world, while others protect the Athena Parthenos statue and head back to Camp Half-Blood. There, the contentious Roman and Greek demigods must unite if they hope to defeat their common enemies. Readers looking forward to the battle scenes will find plenty here, but the young heroes also rely on their wits as they dupe, charm, and negotiate their way through a series of encounters with gods, goddesses, and mythological creatures. On the last page, Riordan announces that The Sword of Summer (scheduled for a fall 2015 release) will be the first book in his upcoming Norse mythology series, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. Meanwhile, fans will revel in the adventures, wit, and memorable characters found in this thundering conclusion to The Heroes of Olympus series. - Carolyn Phelan—Booklist Online

PRAISE FOR THE LOST HERO

"Readers longing for a return to Camp Half-Blood will get their wish.... ...the action scenes come frequently as the three heroic teens fight monstrous enemies in North American locales..... Flashes of humor lighten the mood at times, but a tone of urgency and imminent danger seems as integral to this series as the last. With appealing new characters within a familiar framework, this spin-off will satisfy the demand for more."—Booklist

PRAISE FOR THE SON OF NEPTUNE

"Should pacing and wit continue unabated into the third volume, whose foretold European setting promises further freshness, fans will eagerly await numbers four and five."—Kirkus

With just 12 days to go until Gaea awakens fully on Aug. 1 and brings an end to the world as we know it, two groups of demigods struggle to stop her. Aboard the Argo II, Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Frank, Hazel and Leo race to Athens for the final showdown. Meanwhile, three formerly supporting characters struggle to haul the ancient and massive Athena Parthenos statue from Europe to Camp Half-Blood: son of Hades Nico di Angelo, daughter of Bellona Reyna Ram rez-Arellano (and former praetor at New Rome) and satyr Coach Hedge. Coach Hedge is there mostly for comic relief, but his anxiety for the welfare of his very pregnant wood-nymph wife at Camp Half-Blood, where rogue New Rome augur Octavian has massed his armies to attack on Aug. 1, is touchingly genuine. The story of the demigods headed to Athens focuses on Jason, Piper and Leo and offers what Riordan does best: comedic, action-packed encounters with deities most readers-and sometimes characters-have never heard of. Goddess of victory Nike is particularly funny as she rails against "namby-pamby ideas of friendship and everybody wins participation awards." The story's emotional heft mostly comes from Nico's and Reyna's arduous and heartfelt journeys to self-acceptance. Readers who haven't made a point of revisiting The House of Hades (2013) before starting this may find themselves wondering just why each group's mission is so important, but there's no questioning that the characters think they're vital. And ultimately, any prophecy-driven adventure is at bottom arbitrary anyway. The story's occasional ventures into romance are stilted and awkward, but fortunately they are brief. The satisfyingly cataclysmic showdowns yield to peaceful resolution at last; here's hoping it holds this time. (Fantasy. 10-16)—Kirkus

Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-19
With just 12 days to go until Gaea awakens fully on Aug. 1 and brings an end to the world as we know it, two groups of demigods struggle to stop her.Aboard the Argo II, Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Frank, Hazel and Leo race to Athens for the final showdown. Meanwhile, three formerly supporting characters struggle to haul the ancient and massive Athena Parthenos statue from Europe to Camp Half-Blood: son of Hades Nico di Angelo, daughter of Bellona Reyna Ramírez-Arellano (and former praetor at New Rome) and satyr Coach Hedge. Coach Hedge is there mostly for comic relief, but his anxiety for the welfare of his very pregnant wood-nymph wife at Camp Half-Blood, where rogue New Rome augur Octavian has massed his armies to attack on Aug. 1, is touchingly genuine. The story of the demigods headed to Athens focuses on Jason, Piper and Leo and offers what Riordan does best: comedic, action-packed encounters with deities most readers—and sometimes characters—have never heard of. Goddess of victory Nike is particularly funny as she rails against "namby-pamby ideas of friendship and everybody wins participation awards." The story's emotional heft mostly comes from Nico's and Reyna's arduous and heartfelt journeys to self-acceptance. Readers who haven't made a point of revisiting The House of Hades (2013) before starting this may find themselves wondering just why each group's mission is so important, but there's no questioning that the characters think they're vital. And ultimately, any prophecy-driven adventure is at bottom arbitrary anyway. The story's occasional ventures into romance are stilted and awkward, but fortunately they are brief. The satisfyingly cataclysmic showdowns yield to peaceful resolution at last; here's hoping it holds this time. (Fantasy. 10-16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804193719
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Series: Heroes of Olympus Series , #5
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 12
  • Sales rank: 46,428
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. In 2002, Saint Mary's Hall honored him with the school's first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre - the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children's fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over 35 million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 35 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller. 

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.

Biography

Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a terrific YA series by former middle school teacher and mystery writer Rick Riordan that revamps Greek mythology in a fun, fresh way kids find enthralling. A trouble-prone teen with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia, Percy is the half-blood son of Poseidon, one of 12 Olympian gods making mischief right here in 21st-century America. Praised by critics, librarians, and teachers, the Percy Jackson books have been honored with numerous awards and appear consistently on The New York Times bestseller list.

The series grew out of a sequence of bedtime stories Riordan invented for his son Haley -- who, at eight, had just been diagnosed with learning disabilities. Although Haley was having trouble in school, he loved the Greek myths and asked his dad to tell him some stories about the gods and heroes. Riordan ran through the standards from mythology, then began to invent new tales featuring some of the same characters and introducing a brave boy hero enough like Haley to make things interesting!

Haley begged his father to write the stories down, and in 2005, The Lightning Thief was published to excellent reviews. It was an instant hit with preteens, who loved the concept of a kid much like themselves -- i.e., embroiled in the everyday problems of school, family, and relationships -- embarking on heroic quests, soothing vengeful gods, and battling monsters.

In addition to Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Riordan also writes books for adults, most notably a series of high-octane Tex-Mex thrillers featuring private investigator Jackson "Tres" Navarre, a complicated loner with an offbeat pedigree. (Tres -- pronounced "Trace" -- is a tai chi master with a Ph.D. in medieval literature who turns to detective work when he is unable to find a teaching job!) The first novel in the series, 1997's Big Red Tequila, scooped the Anthony and Shamus Awards, two of the three most prestigious prizes for Mystery & Crime fiction. Riordan completed the trifecta when his sequel, The Widower's Two-Step, won the coveted Edgar Award in 1999.

Between the two series, Riordan remains incredibly busy. For several years, he balanced writing with teaching English to middle school students. Reluctantly, he has left teaching (a career he thoroughly enjoyed) in order to write full-time, but he still harbors hopes that someday he'll return to the classroom. Meanwhile, he makes frequent visits to schools and enjoys meeting young readers on his book tours.

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    1. Hometown:
      San Antonio, TX
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 5, 1964
    2. Place of Birth:
      San Antonio, TX
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English and History, University of Texas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Cant wait for it to come out

    I devoured the book " the house of hades" in two days and I'm really guilty about that because I have to wait a whole year before I can read the next one. Hurry up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Omg

    I can't wait til it comes out!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    Omg

    Need it to come out im already dying inside!!! I loved all the others. Ive read them all a lot of times

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Amazing

    I love rick riordan books this'll be best yet!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    This will be...

    Epic C==|:::::::::::::::::::::::::>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    I wants it!!!

    I want this book so bad. I wish it came out sooner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Not so bad.....

    I know we've all got forever to wait for this, but we have to kind of be thankful. I mean, HOH didn't have nearly as much of a cliffhanger ending than MOA did. (I remember that...) And would be kind of useless if you killed yourself waiting for a book to come out. Then, believe it or not, you would never get to actually read the book.

    Yeah.

    But anyway, point is, I can't wait (and everyday we're one day closer!!!!!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    Epic book

    Cant wait for it to come out ==(:::::::::::::::::::>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Epic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Can't wait !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    omg i just can't wait this is so exiting but it comes out in a whole year wish it came out sooner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    I LOVE THESE BOOKS!!! :)

    Omg I want to know what happens sooooo bad!!!! I can't wait for the ending. Its going to be EPIC! :) I hope everyone lives because if any of the seven die I will be really mad at Mr. Riordan!! I also can't wait 2 see the cover art because it is always super awesome (my favorite is the cover on The Mark of Athena) ;)This series have been my favorites since I was nine and now I'm thirteen. At the same time, I am trying to tell myself to relish the bliss of not knowing, cuz when I finish it I will probably cry :( (that is a big deal for me because I have never cried once in any book or movie). I read The House of Hades in 2 days and I was trying to go slow, but I couldn't stop myself at the end! ;) If you haven't read these two series, stop wasting your time reading reviews and go buy The Lightning Thief. It is the best 10 bucks u will ever spend!!! ;) I know you will love these books as much as I do!! :) :) -maura

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Comes out

    October 7,2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Can't wait!

    I hungrily ate up The House of Hades, and now cannot wait for The Blood of Olympus to come out!

    45 out of 69 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    I loved house of hades and this one will be the best on yet

    Can't wait

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Why!?

    Why does it have to be so far away?!?!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Must...gather strength... need ...book...faints

    Seriosly cant wait

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Sword?

    This is a review place not a sword show.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Book

    Plz hurry I will literally kill myself if it doesn't come out next year in november

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    So looking forward to this

    Yippie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Cant wait

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