‘The Heroes of Olympus – The Blood of Olympus’ by Rick Riordan – Book review and Giveaway

If you’ve read my review of the first book in the ‘Heroes of Olympus’ series then you’ll already know where my love affair with these YA books came from. I was offered the first book in the series but after a chapter I realised I had to read all of the ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ series first if I didn’t want to get spoilers from this second series.

Within a week I’d read all five books from the first series and in the following couple of weeks I’ve read the whole of the second series too! After being offered the first book, ‘The Lost Hero’, to review I couldn’t stop reading so the subsequent three books just fell on to my kindle, oops! Because the fifth book was new I didn’t order it straight away, in the hope that the price would go down (being good with books is absolute proof that we’re trying to save money, I don’t do good when it comes to books) – Sooo, imagine my joy when the chance to review the fifth book happened! (A giveaway opportunity happened, too, details of that can be found below)

‘The Blood of Olympus’ is the last book in the ‘Heroes of Olympus’ series – As I said above this is Rick Riordan’s second series in the Percy Jackson universe, though in these books the characters are more 15-16 than 12+. I don’t think that there’s anything in the books that’d stop a slightly younger audience from reading them but, obviously, it’d be more relateable to a slightly older demographic than the first quintet. That said… I’m 28 and I enjoyed both sets of books so who am I to talk about demographics?!

I like that Riordan has kept these series’ relatively short, and broken them up into separate sets. Sometimes when you’re reading an ongoing series for 10+ books you begin to feel like you’ve been reading them forever, but when it’s separated then you get more of a feeling of completion before then moving on to another set of books.

That said, knowing that ‘The Blood of Olympus’ was the last in this series was difficult, when you go in to something knowing that the storyline is coming to an end you get a sense of relief but you also get sadness because, when you really loose yourself into the universe of a book, it’s hard to say goodbye. I can only imagine how happy fans of the original Percy Jackson series felt when this second series was announced; they will already have thought they were saying goodbye to Percy, but now they get a second journey with him… And what a journey!

In this series Percy has a massive journey to take, not just in learning and growing up but also in travelling part way across the world to the ancient lands of both the Romans and the Greeks. That’s right, I said Romans! If you’ve read this far in the series then you’ll already be perfectly aware that Percy, and his friends, have been joined by a number of new friends for this series; some new Greeks and some Roman friend too. This culmination has made for some interesting plot twists and some fun split personality scenes with the Gods being torn between their Greek and Roman persona.

If you’ve read my reviews before you’ll know that I’m not going to tell you much about the story, I want to get you to read the story, not tell you so much that you don’t need to! And should you read the story? If you like fantasy books, yes, if you like YA fiction, yes, if you like Greek and Roman mythology and want to see it played with then, yes. If you like all of those things together? Well you’ve probably already read it!

This story is packed full of action, there’s Gods, demi-gods, giants, spirits and mythical creatures galore. There’s danger, there’s humour, there’s romance. There’s happiness, sadness, and intrigue. If you love these characters then there’s no doubt that you’ll go through a real tumult of emotions when reading this finale, Riordan really does not disappoint.

If you want to buy a copy of this book then it’s available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/YUGcCm

As you may have read, above, I’m glad to be able to offer a copy of this book up for giveaway! If you’re a Percy Jackson fan and you’ve not read the second series, then try and win this to prompt you to get the others too! If you’ve got a fantasy fan in your family then this might make a great Christmas gift (although they’d probably want to buy the previous books, too, but they’re very affordable!). If you just want to get this for your collection and buy the others at a later date… oh who cares why you want  it, if you want it then, good choice!

If you want to win a copy of this book then enter in the Rafflecopter below!

– You must be 18 or over to enter the giveaway
– The Giveaway is open within the UK only
– The winner will be picked, randomly, via Rafflecopter
– There will be one winner
– I will need your address once I tell you you’re the winner, to pass along to the company who’re providing the prize. 
– The winner will have 28 days to respond to my email informing them of the win, if they do not respond another winner will be drawn.
– The giveaway runs until midnight on 12th December 2014

– This book is the fifth in a series. 


  1. Serena Chieng November 12, 2014 / 1:46 pm

    I love this series and this is the only book I haven't read yet! Just started uni so I can't afford books (because textbooks are sooo expensive). I really hope I win as this book is on my wishlist, as well as Cassandra Clare Clockwork Princess and Gone Girl. 😀

    • Serena Chieng November 12, 2014 / 1:48 pm

      Btw, have you read the Egyptian ones? The Kane Chronicles. It's quite different from the Percy Jackson series but I still enjoyed it 🙂

    • admin November 15, 2014 / 3:15 pm

      No but I love Egyptian mythology, maybe even more than Greek and Roman. Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Bonny McDevitt November 12, 2014 / 10:04 pm

    I have way too many books on my wish list lol! I get them all on amazon!

    • admin November 15, 2014 / 3:16 pm

      I can't remember that last time I bought a book that wasn't from amazon, lol, everyone else charges too much

  3. Jessica Edmunds November 12, 2014 / 11:42 pm

    I love fantasy and crime books and this would be absolutely love, I adore a good read away from Uni xxx

    • admin November 15, 2014 / 3:16 pm

      Good luck!

  4. Bex Smith November 15, 2014 / 1:11 pm

    I still have The Cuckoo's Calling on my wishlist lol

    • admin November 15, 2014 / 3:16 pm

      Ask for it for xmas maybe!!

  5. Emma Nixon November 15, 2014 / 5:10 pm

    I like crime and thrillers.. Usually get them from Amazon

  6. Kristy Brown November 15, 2014 / 6:05 pm

    The new Stephanie Plum book in the series by Janet Evankovich……have been waiting since June!!

  7. maci234 November 15, 2014 / 7:05 pm

    crime and thriller usually

  8. Jo Glasspool November 15, 2014 / 11:29 pm

    i havent had a good gander yet, so i need to make a trip to waterstones.

  9. clairew137 November 16, 2014 / 11:16 am

    Amazon. I've not got any wishes yet.

  10. Isis1981uk November 16, 2014 / 1:33 pm

    The new book by CJ Sansom – he writes amazing Tudor mysteries.

  11. Leanne Mckenna November 16, 2014 / 5:10 pm

    I check out Amazon for book ideas, I would love to receive this book! I've read all of the previous Percy Jackson books and loved them!

  12. moonray November 16, 2014 / 5:45 pm

    I'd love to read 'The Miniaturist' by Jesse Burton..hopefully I'll get it for Christmas 😉 I get my book inspiration mainly from the amazon and waterstones websites 🙂 (Laura Jeffs)

  13. clair downham November 19, 2014 / 6:20 pm

    i like tfiller books and i look on amazon for info

  14. GuruOnAMountain November 20, 2014 / 12:16 am

    I've just finished Uni so I don't have any books on my wishlist as I've got so many books backed up from the last few years that I've not had time to read yet!

  15. bridgegal November 21, 2014 / 6:42 pm

    I have a list as long as my arm plus about 20 next to my bed waiting to be read! I do love the reviews on Amazon for inspiration!

  16. PlastigFfantastig November 22, 2014 / 7:38 pm

    Crime and mysteries usually – I've put a few more on this year to keep me going 🙂

  17. Solange December 1, 2014 / 2:19 am

    Crime and thrillers. I usually go to Amazon for inspiration

  18. Charlie Chub December 6, 2014 / 11:51 pm

    I've got a backlog so ahvent asked for any :O nearly all mine come from amazon

  19. Aaron Broad December 8, 2014 / 11:22 am

    I'm not a big reader, I would give this to my mate as she loves reading

  20. Eddie Britton December 10, 2014 / 10:18 am

    I'm currently going through all the Lee Child books, but I've nearly finished them all! Woops!

  21. Simon Hardy December 11, 2014 / 1:28 pm

    I like John Grisham. My children are really into reading anything. We tend to go to the library nowadays as we have so many books but if there is a good one we do buy it

  22. Chris Fletcher December 12, 2014 / 6:21 pm

    I always enjoy a good cookery book – Lorraine Pascals is on my wishlist!

  23. LEE HARDY December 12, 2014 / 9:16 pm

    Love any type of thriller or anything really. Usually look o the internet for inspiration.

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