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.
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
- 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.