The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus Series #4)

The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus Series #4)

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by Rick Riordan
     
 

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At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then

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At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don't succeed, Gaea's armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 5–8—Fans won't be disappointed as the cliff-hanger ending from the previous book, The Mark of Athena (Hyperion, 2012), leads to further exciting adventures by the intrepid demigods in this penultimate book in the "Heroes of Olympus" series. Annabeth and Percy have fallen down into Tantarus, and they must fight off the attacks from the monsters stuck there long enough to find the Doors of Death. The other five demigods must get to Eprius in Greece, find the House of Hades to open the Doors of Death on the mortal side, save Annabeth and Percy, and seal the entrance to stop Gaea's forces from escaping into the mortal world and destroying it. The Gods are incapacitated by their Greek and Roman personalities warring with one another, and the demigods from Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter are on the verge of an all-out war. As Annabeth and Percy struggle to survive Tantarus's poisonous atmosphere and creatures, the other demigods must undergo harsh trials-particularly Hazel, Frank, and Leo, but they learn and grow mentally and physically from their experiences. The heroes realize that they cannot change their parentage but they can control their legacy. While more serious than the previous titles, there are lighthearted moments here, many involving a farting polecat. The horrifying monsters are nicely balanced by peace-loving Titan Bob, a skeleton calico cat called Small Bob, and gentle giant Damasen. Fans will be thrilled to know the series continues with The Blood of Olympus in 2014.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-11
Having plunged into Tartarus at the end of the last book, The Mark of Athena (2013), Percy and Annabeth struggle toward the Doors of Death, while their friends hurry to meet them on the other side at the titular House of Hades. Riordan is most successful in his evocation of Tartarus and its hellish, monster-infested landscape. Without lightening his heroes' miseries in any way, the author provides a helper and necessary mood-lifter in the person of Iapetus/Bob, the Titan whose memory Percy had obliterated with the waters of Lethe in a previous adventure. Now Hades' janitor, Bob, along with a skeletal saber-tooth kitten he names Small Bob, joins Percy and Annabeth on their trek, causing them both to plumb unexpected moral depths. Meanwhile, on board (and off) the Argo II, Jason, Piper, Leo, Hazel and Frank similarly must come to understand themselves better in order to accomplish the tasks set before them (though not to equal extents). Though Riordan doesn't stint on action or laughs (fart jokes abound, and a tart-tongued Calypso is a special treat), readers may find themselves appreciating these moments of contemplation all the more for the depth of characterization they reveal. The denouement finds the demigods poised for the final battle with Gaea and her minions; they have exactly 14 days to save the world. In this adventure, victories are hard-won and the essence of bravery nuanced, making the journey as satisfying as it is entertaining. (Fantasy. 10-14)
From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR THE HOUSE OF HADES"

Fans won't be disappointed as the cliff-hanger ending from the previous book, The Mark of Athena, leads to further exciting adventures by the intrepid demigods. . . As Annabeth and Percy struggle to survive Tantarus's poisonous atmosphere and creatures, the other demigods must undergo harsh trials. . . but they learn and grow mentally and physically from their experiences. The heroes realize that they cannot change their parentage but they can control their legacy. Fans will be thrilled to know the series continues with The Blood of Olympus in 2014."—School Library Journal

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"

Fans will find plenty to cheer about as Percy and his allies move slowly toward fulfilling the mysterious Prophecy of Seven."—Kirkus Reviews

PRAISE FOR THE HOUSE OF HADES"

Adventure fans will relish the action as their heroes confront formidable foes, while readers who have come to love the characters will enjoy following the different individuals as they take the stage in scenes that are usually dramatic, often witty, and occasionally surprising. A satisfying, penultimate entry in the Heroes of Olympus series."—Booklist Online

PRAISE FOR THE HOUSE OF HADES"

In this adventure, victories are hard-won and the essence of bravery nuanced, making the journey as satisfying as it is entertaining."—Kirkus

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423146728
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Series:
Heroes of Olympus Series, #4
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
22,644
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.90(d)
Lexile:
680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Rick Riordan (www.rickriordan.com) is the author of the # 1 New York Times best-selling The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero; The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two: The Son of Neptune; The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three: The Mark of Athena; the #1 New York Times best-selling Kane Chronicles; and the five books in the #1 New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.

Brief Biography

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

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The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus Series #4) 4.7 out of 5 based on 14 ratings. 2662 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book makes you feel like everything you read should be real! Say yes if you Rick Riordan is the brst Auther!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real book series. Most of what I read, turns out to suck. I declare Rick my favorite author. He knows how to captivate his readers, put them into his world. He really can cause a uproar too, but that's behind me. I would highly recommend this book for fast, engaged readers. Slower readers might have trouble with this series, mainly the use of latin and long chapters. Good plot lines, so far. Great cliff hangers, and wonderful tie of mythology. Can not wait to see what Rick pulls off next. Overall, wonderful! Again, highly recommend it. Ready to be thrilled and consumed? I'm sooooooo ready.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really good book series and can't wait for the new book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can already tell that this book will be awesome just from reading the little piece that tells about the book. I can't wait until this book comes out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who agrees with me? HEDGE HAS TO LIVE!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Percy jackson rocks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for it to come out! I read all of the books in the first series and so far all of them in the second series! I CAN'T WAIT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was awesome woohoo the best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HURRY UP ALL READY"!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IF PERCY AND ANNABEHT DIE I WILL NOT GET THE BOOK SO RICK DONT KILL THIM PERCY WILL KILL GEIA OR I WILL BE MAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! COMES OUT OCTOBER 8!!!!!!!! PS THE SEA OF MONSTERS COMES OUT AUGUST 13!!!!!!!!!! PS GOOD LUCK PERCY AND ANNABETH !!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just can't wait to see this book the last one was truly amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If they die i am going to be so mad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They beter not die.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waiting... Waiting... Waiting... HURRY UP!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
c------[:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::> Look at this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really......REALLY trying to be patient for this!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book! I finished it, but now I seriousley need the next one! I love what happens to Percy and Annabeth ( don't want to give away the ending ;) ) You should totally read it! Need next book! Click yes if you agree;).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
hehe, see what I did there? I'm gonne die! There's only seven days left! I remember March when I just about died a thousand times because October was so far away....... I don't know what's worse: seven days, or a bajillion. At least back then I could put it out of my mind..... I'm gonna die. Actually that would be really stupid because then I would never actually read the House of Hades. So I'll die on October 9th, after I've read HOH 20 times and got zeros on all my homework assignments. Actually that would be even more stupid because then I would never read the fifth Heroes of Olympus book. That will be the worst wait EVAR! Cause we all know its gonna be a cliffhanger that no one can bear! Maybe even worse than Mark of Athena! I wouldn't be surprised. But a YEAR! A whole YEAR! Ugh. Does this really have to be so complicated? Anyway, I wonder what the fifth Heroes of Olympus is gonna be called - and about. Well obviously its gonna be amazing. I guess we'll find out on October 8th! Ugh, seven days. I'm gonna die! Actually that would be really stupid - Ya know what? We already had this conversation so goodbye. Seven days.......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1 more day!!! Seriously can not wait for this to come out! Of course, it will be awesome. I love Rick and his works! Percabeth forever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Message for ananamoys that did it on oct.w/ the REALLLLLY long review i like how you used Percabeth Also i cant wait for the next book ireadthis one in 3 days!!!!! GAEA BETTER DIE RICK Am i right if so click yes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want it sooooo bad!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope Carter saves Percy's and Annabeth's buttts For those of you who don't know who Carter is read the Kane Chronicles. You will enjoy them, they are another Rick Riordan masterpiece.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant wait!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
why don't I have it? I pre ordered it months ago, now on Oct. 8th, it still says 'item will be available in your locker on Oct. 8......... SO WHY CAN'T I READ IT????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????!!!!!!! I've waited a whole year for this book!