“My people were the original Athenians–the gemini.”
“Like your zodiac sign?” Percy asked. “I’m a Leo.”
“No, stupid,” Leo said. “I’m a Leo. You’re a Percy.” – Rick Riordan.
Wow, I have just finished the final book in The Heroes of Olympus series. It is difficult to write about the final book because I have travelled so far with these characters emotionally and physically (I mean, they have been all over the world). I also find it rather difficult because I honestly did not enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the previous ones.
Firstly, this book was very lacking in Percy and Annabeth. I understand that the book isn’t supposed to revolve around them like in Percy Jackson and the Olympians, but they were still two of the seven demigods this series is about and I don’t recall hearing much (perhaps even anything) from their perspective. In fact, Hazel and Frank seemed to have a bigger focus, although the book clearly was centred on Jason, Piper and Leo. It’s horrible because we’ve been through so much with Percy and Annabeth and in this series they are two of seven main characters, but it doesn’t seem fairly split. This book clearly puts more emphasis on the importance of the characters of Jason, Piper and Leo, despite the fact Gaea wants the blood of Percy and Annabeth so that she can awaken. However, she would have settled for Jason and Piper, or Hazel and Frank.
Secondly, I was really anticipating a reunion between Percy and Grover. We saw Grover in little, rare snippets, so I expected that once Percy returned to Camp Half-Blood we would get a little reunion. Percy and Annabeth had one, as did Percy and Tyson, so why not Percy and Grover? Another character we have all been through a lot with. Obviously, they were in the middle of a war, but something small would suffice.
Thirdly, the ending. The last few chapters before we jumped to Leo’s perspective made it so obvious he was alive, therefore making the jump expected. All of the characters expected him to burst into the camp flying Fester and we all knew in our hearts he was alive. Then, when we see his perspective he picks up Calypso and just flies away. Where? We don’t know. We don’t even know how long has passed since Gaea was defeated and if he ever will let his friends know that he’s actually alive.
Fourthly – this is starting to turn into a lot of points – Gaea. There was a massive build up for her and then she was defeated in what seemed like seconds and was probably minutes at the most. Wow, some great villain! The giants were much better villains overall and Gaea was a bit of a disappointment.
However, one thing I did like about this book was the lovely focus on Nico. In The Son of Neptune we recognise Nico from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and in this book he plays a big part in helping to save the world and we delve so much deeper into his character. This book has made me love Nico so much more and I was very happy with his ending at the very least.
As always, the final book in this series shares the same sense of humour and adventure as it does with all of the previous books. While I may have experienced disappointment with choices Riordan made regarding the plot and characters, I cannot fault his writing. It is always a pleasure to read one of his books because he can swiftly go from putting a loved character in danger to making me laugh in the next sentence, especially if that character is Percy or Leo, they are by far the funniest.
Taking all of this into account, I rate this book 3/5.
How did you feel about how Riordan chose to end The Heroes of Olympus series?