The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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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 both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy ...
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The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus Series #4)

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Overview

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 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.
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Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase have plunged into the House of Hades and the five other demigods are left above, struggling with what seems to be a bottomless pit quandary of their own. Percy has instructed them to find and seal the Doors of Death, to close forever the access of Gaea's infernal armies. But by doing so will they also not lock Percy and Annabeth forever in the dark realms below? The action-packed penultimate episode in a super-selling Rick Riordan series.

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423155157
  • Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Series: Heroes of Olympus Series , #4
  • Sold by: DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 366
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Rick Riordan

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.

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 July 18, 2013

    Awsome

    The book makes you feel like everything you read should be real! Say yes if you Rick Riordan is the brst Auther!

    1104 out of 1209 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    Heroes of Olympus

    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.

    661 out of 754 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!"" Awesome

    It was awesome woohoo the best book ever

    332 out of 608 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    Great

    A really good book series and can't wait for the new book!

    288 out of 391 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Ugh

    HURRY UP ALL READY"!!!!!!!!

    259 out of 453 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Amazing

    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.

    247 out of 315 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Hi onliners

    Who agrees with me? HEDGE HAS TO LIVE!!!!

    201 out of 299 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    I WANT IT NOW!!!!!!!! If Percy and Annabeth die, I'll wet my pants!!

    Waiting... Waiting... Waiting... HURRY UP!!!!!!!!!!!

    191 out of 342 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    THE HADES OF HADES

    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 !!!!!!!!!!

    175 out of 293 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Awessome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!7!!!!!!!!!!""""$""""!!!!!!!!!!!""""!"""!!!!!!!!

    Percy jackson rocks

    119 out of 155 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    House of Hades!

    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!

    112 out of 155 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    I hope...

    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.

    101 out of 188 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    I want to s I neeeeeeeed to read it!!!!!!!!

    Its soooooo expensive though! :(

    97 out of 220 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    Do anabethe and pearcy die?

    If they die i am going to be so mad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    91 out of 143 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Eeeeep!

    Can't wait!!

    87 out of 152 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Jesse jimenez

    It a need for life are u with my peeps wish rick would hurry people are goin cra cra over it

    83 out of 154 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Cant wait

    They beter not die.

    77 out of 114 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

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    Look at this one.

    76 out of 112 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    Cant wait

    I just can't wait to see this book the last one was truly amazing

    69 out of 89 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Not even out yet and I love it

    I have read so many Rick Riordan books and just cannot wait for this one. Even if he writes it poorly (which I doubt because he is an AMAZING author) I will still rate the book 5 stars.
    This is because the story that he has been created, the fandom, the passion of his readers is so great, that the book will do well no matter what. His passion for writing books is also a driving factor into me giving this book at 5 star review even before reading it.

    I also want to point out the fact that I am writing this before the book comes out because after I have read it, I will probably give it 1 star for being a cliff hanger (as always) into the next and final book in this series.

    I also have some hunches (that are not proven true but just gut feelings). First, I think someone will die. Be it a member of the 7 or a side character. I can just feel the possibility of death.
    I am also afraid for Percabeth who are just running around in the respawn point of all monsters and evil... That can't be bad right?...
    The others are flying this statue to Mt. Olympus or something to save the planet from a God-war... what can go wrong?
    And last but not least...there remains one more books to conclude this series after this one (or so I've heard. Unless Rick ends #5 with a cliff hanger and breaks my heart again). But just let the fact that the series is almost over sink in...
    All of the pain we, as a fandom, have felt will soon be over, or just triple the hurt and longing. Knowing that there must be an end is painful to even think about. We want a happy ending, but with all of the plot twists and agony that Rick Riordan can squeeze into these books, and the way he traps your attention and makes you read and reread every page...I don't know. I just don't know...

    Any who, now that my fangirling session is over, I cannot wait to read this book when it comes out. I know in my heart it will be great.

    -A.R.

    57 out of 66 people found this review helpful.

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