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)
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!
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!
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