Read + Review — The Blood of Olympus, by Rick Riordan

This story takes place during present-day in countries all over the world, but primarily in Europe and the Americas. The author first begins the book in medias res, a literary technique dating back to Homer’s days, meaning to start in the midst of an action, like a fight or war in this case. The Blood of Olympus has Percy, Annabeth, Leo, Jason, Piper, Hazel, and Frank trying to save the world once again by taking on tasks considered impossible by all gods, humans, and demigods alike. While they’re struggling with that, Nico, Reyna, and Coach Hedge are attempting to mend the crack between the Romans and Greeks by setting out on their own quest to bring the Athena Parthenos to the battleground as a peace treaty between the two ancient rivalries. This is so that all the demigods and gods can come together to prevent Gaea and her rising army from ridding all of mankind forever because to overcome a deity, demigods and gods need to work together.

The book portrayed an impressive combination of teamwork, trust, and courage, which was admirable due to the many daunting tasks that laid before the main characters. I enjoyed Reyna’s and Leo’s character development in this story, which revealed them to have very strong personas with lots of guts, spunk, and smarts. I also appreciated the author’s sense of humor, sass, and wonderful sarcasm incorporated and shown through each of his characters. The only thing I disliked was the predictable ending and the feeling that the story could of had more volume or in depth detail.

The building of Leo’s significance throughout the story gave me a warm, bubbly, happy feeling because oftentimes, he’s overlooked by the others as the clown or troublemaker, but he is so much more than that. He’s this brave, determined, creative, caring, and crafty person that’s loyal and willing to sacrifice his happiness for the sake of his friends. I grew to love Leo more and more while reading this book, and in the end, he became my favorite character.

four stars

Reviewed by Camille, grade 10, Glen Allen Branch Library 

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